Learning about bees

Classes and workshops are a great way to begin or continue learning about bees and beekeeping! Additionally, SBA members have written helpful articles and have gathered a variety of resources to help you.

Local workshops and courses

Beekeeping Introduction

This class is cancelled for 2020.

Beekeeping is a fun and interesting hobby, however, don't get stung! Find out what's involved before investing your time and resources. This class, presented by the Susquehanna Beekeepers Association, will explain the equipment needed, how to start a hive, and even explain how to make your own equipment. If you decide it's a hobby you would like to pursue, you will be ready for the full Beekeeping class offered in the spring. Bring a claw hammer to class.

Harford Community College non-credit, November 23, 2019, 9AM–12PM

Fee: $15

Register on the HCC website. Search for "beekeeping."

Beekeeping Short Course at Harford Community College

This class, offered in partnership with the Susquehanna Beekeepers Association, introduces students to the basics of beekeeping. Topics include starting a beekeeping business, assembling and maintaining equipment, examining honeybees, manipulating hives, and managing diseases and parasites that affect honeybees. Senior citizen and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply. Material fee includes a one year membership in the Susquehanna Beekeepers Association. Last session meets on Saturday, 9AM–3PM, and will be spent at a local bee yard for hands-on experience in examining and manipulating hives. Must be 16 to register. Those under 16 can register but must be accompanied by a registered adult.

6 weeks starting March 5, 2021, Fridays through April 23. 7PM–9PM

Online course on Zoom platform

Fee $60

Register on the HCC website. Search for "beekeeping."

Webinars, videos, and book collections

Videos from SBA members

Joe Lewis on Sustainable Beekeeping through Nucleus Colonies

Handy guide to starting beekeeping

A simple but thorough resource for folks interested in starting a new hobby, from Home Advisor.

Ohio State beekeeping webinars

A resource from The Ohio State University Bee Lab.

The E. F. Phillips Beekeeping Collection at Mann Library

The Hive and the Honey Bee and the Phillips Collection, with a searchable collection of free beekeeping books and articles

Sustainable Honeybee Program

This Virginia-based organization provides several videos on beekeeping practices.