Bee School now accepting registration

Bee School now accepting registration

BURRILLVILLE – The Rhode Island Beekeepers Association is offering four courses in beekeeping for beginners at two locations. Each course is five weeks long and begins in January-February.

The course will cover everything the beginning beekeeper needs to know. Subjects will include getting started, the honeybee life cycle, choosing an apiary site, buying bees and equipment, assembly of the hive, installing package bees, catching swarms, nectar sources, bee diseases and pests, hive inspections and wintering. A variety of beekeeping equipment will be displayed and demonstrated.

The cost for the five-week course is $65 per person. This includes all course materials, a textbook and membership dues in the Rhode Island Beekeepers Association through Dec. 31, 2019.

As room space is available, additional family members at the same address may attend and share course materials for $10 each. The association reserves the right to limit family members. Advance registration is required and are being accepted now; those received after Jan. 18 will be assessed a late fee of $10.

The following classes are offered.

• Rhode Island College classes with Betty Mencucci:

Friday classes: Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22; 9-11:30 a.m., with March 1 as a snow day

Saturday classes: Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23; 9-11:30 a.m., with March 2 as a snow day

• University of Rhode Island greenhouse classes with Steve Burke:

Thursday classes: Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 and March 7; 6-8:30 p.m., with March 14 as a snow day

Saturday classes: Feb. 9, 16, 23 and March 2, 9; 9-11:30 a.m., with March 16 as a snow day

To enroll, visit and click on the link for bee school. Print the registration form and fill it out and send with check or money order to: RI Beekeepers Association, PO Box 685, Glendale, RI, 02826.