Wake County Beekeepers Association

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  In-person and live stream via Zoom

If you're interested in honey bees and want to learn more about how to become a backyard beekeeper, the Wake County Bee School for Beginners will be a great tool to help you get started. Experienced beekeepers and mentors from the Wake County Beekeepers Association will provided instruction and training for the beginner beekeeper.


            The Fundamentals

  • What is beekeeping?
  • Brief history of beekeeping
  • Characteristics of a successful beekeeper
  • Components of an apiary
  • Obtaining bees and equipment
  • Beekeeping equipment, clothing, tools
  • Inside a hive
  • Beekeeping calendar
  • Hive management

          The Details         
      • Inspections
      • Honey bee biology
      • Anatomy
      • Colony, social system
      • Feeding and nutrition
      • Bee communication
      • Life cycle
      • Pests, diseases, predators
      • Wood-ware
      • Products of the hive


    Two half day sessions
    January 8 – 8:00 am until 12:30 pm
    January 15 – 8:00 am until 12:30 pm and
    1:00 pm until 2:00 pm testing for Certified Beekeeper (NCSBA)


    Pullen Park Community Center 
    408 Ashe Ave Raleigh, NC 27607

    The building is to the right of the Aquatic center at Pullen Park


    Individual $45


    • One year NCSBA membership
    • One year WCBA membership
    • Access to recorded sessions and other resources online
    • Certification Testing for NC State Beekeepers Association (NCSBA) members

    In this course you will learn the essential skills necessary to becoming a great beekeeper. Learn from experienced beekeepers how to set up an apiary and care for honey bees.


    Be sure to check the WCBA web site periodically for more information as details become available.  Registration opens on Tuesday November 8.


    Donate to the NCSU Apiculture Lab

    Help support research on beekeeping and bee health at NCSU led by Dr. David Tarpy by making a tax deductible donation.

    A Chapter of the NCSBA

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