Our 2022 Short Course is FULL!

Our class for this way is fully subscribed and currently underway... BUT... you can still join us at our April (first Thursday) membership meeting!

  • When: Thursday evenings, Feb 10 - Mar 24, 2022, 7-9 P.M.
  • Where: First 2 classes (Feb 10 and 17) will be held in-person at the Watkins Nature Center; subsequent classes will be online, instructions provided to registered students
  • Resource: The book, The Beekeeper's Handbook 5th Edition (Sammataro and Avitabile), will be provided as part of the course.

This seven-week course is designed to get you started in the fascinating hobby of keeping honey bees. In this class you will learn how to set up your own bee hive, how to handle, work with and manage the bees, how to keep them healthy, and, of course, what you can do with all of that honey you will be rewarded with. While we will be holding the first two classes at the Watkins Regional Park Nature Center, the remaining five sessions will be online using Google Classroom and ZOOM. The two-hour classes will be held from 7 P.M to 9 P.M. on Thursday nights beginning on February 10th. A syllabus will be published online along with a BUMBA internet website forum with a wealth of information.

The class is taught by experienced BUMBA members, beekeepers with years of experience in keeping bees and making wonderful products from the honey they produce. We teach from “The Beekeeper’s Handbook” by Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile. This book is intended to be a useful reference even beyond the 7 weeks of this short course and will help answer many of the questions you encounter in your first year of beekeeping and beyond.

PLEASE NOTE: registrations are not final until we receive your course fee, and places will be given on a first-come, first served basis based on date of payment. Registration is limited to 50 people to assure individual instruction and to comply with COVID-19 protocols at Watkins for the in-person sessions.

Why so early in the year?

If you want to start a hive in the Mid-Atlantic region you need to plan on having it going by mid to end of April (if installing a package—a common way of beginning which we will explain), or by the first week of May if starting with a nucleus colony (less common, but more reliable means of starting a colony). Bees need to be ordered by February or early March at the latest to ensure being able to obtain them, and you should have all equipment built and painted by April 1st at the latest to allow paint to dry and air out.

For further information contact:

Beekeeping Class
Mike Mehalick, pres.bumba@gmail.com