SCBA 2022 Bee Schools

The 2022 Surry County Bee Schools will be held for six Mondays starting on February 7th.

The Beginning Beekeeping bee school is being held in conjunction with a special Junior Beekeeping program that will meet at the same time in a different part of the building.  

Beginning Beekeeping Bee School

When:Mondays, February 7 through March 14
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Plus a field day to be scheduled
Where:Beginning Beekeeping
Surry Cooperative Extension Office
915 E. Atkins Street, Suite 300, Dobson, NC 27017 [ map ]
Cost:$50 per adult/$75 per couple. Children 16 & younger free. 
$25 additional fee for book “The Beekeeper’s Handbook, 5th Edition” by Diana Sammataro. Fee for class & book are payable by cash or check made out to the “Surry County Beekeepers Association or SCBA”

Registration is required and opens January 1st. Check back for registration instructions.

Topics covered will include

  • Introduction to Beekeeping
  • The colony, organization, and life cycle of the honeybee
  • Equipment needed to get started
  • How to assemble equipment
  • Seasonal hive management of the colonies
  • Pests and diseases of the bees
  • Harvesting and processing honey and other hive products
  • A field day to work with the bees

Refreshments will be provided.

Surry County Junior Beekeeper Program

When:Mondays, February 7 through March 14
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where:Surry County Junior Beekeeper Program
Surry Cooperative Extension Office
915 E. Atkins Street, Suite 300, Dobson, NC 27017 [ map ]

Registration is required and opens January 1.

Activities will include:

  • Learn about the parts of the hive
  • Learn about the anatomy of a honeybee
  • Learn how  to light a smoker
  • Learn how to assemble equipment
  • Dress in a bee suit
  • Open a hive
  • Identify worker bees, drones, and queens

Be a certified Junior Beekeeper at the end of the program!