SCBA 2022 Bee Schools

The 2022 Surry County Bee Schools will be held for six Mondays starting on February 7th. After some back and forth, it’s been settled that both classes will be at the extension office this year. The Junior Beekeeper Class will be at the extension office in the kitchen. Details below.

Registration for both classes is required. Please register by January 31st.

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 County Extension Office
915 E. Atkins Street, Dobson [ 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. Click here to download the registration form.

Click picture to download flyer

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.

There will be an end of class drawing for a complete 10 frame hive set up!

Surry County Junior Beekeeper Program

The Junior Beekeeping Program is a FREE program for youth ages 5 to 16 years old who are interested in beekeeping. Participants will learn the parts of a hive, the anatomy of a honeybee, how to light a smoker, open a hive, identify worker bees, and so much more. At the end of the program, participants will become a certified Junior Beekeeper!

When:Mondays, February 7 through March 14
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where:Surry County Junior Beekeeper Program
Extension Office Kitchen
915 E. Atkins Street, Dobson [ map ]
Click the picture to download the flyer

Registration is required and opens January 1. Call the Surry County Cooperative Extension office to register by January 31st. 336-401-8025

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!