Educational Classes (Seminar)


Education: Two Options

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The Beekeeping Short Course


Date: Starting February TBD, 2014; 5 Classroom and one field day

( Date: TBD )

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Topics include:

  • Honey bee biology
  • Beekeeping laws in Howard County
  • Obtaining and installing bees
  • Getting and setting up your beekeeping equipment
  • Inspecting your bees
  • Bee diseases
  • Products of the hive

The first day of Beginning Beekeeping Short Course will begin (TBD), weather permitting.  Classes will be held on 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7:00 PM until approximately 9:30 PM at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, MD. A field day, where the students will experience a hive inspection and installing a package of honey bees, will be scheduled when weather permits - usually in April.




The Seminar - One Day Event


The One-Day Beekeeping Seminar will be held October 12, 2013 at the:

Robinson Nature Center
6692 Cedar Lane
Columbia, MD 21044


The class begins at 10:00 and runs until 4:00 with "Break-out" sessions for those who want to "brown-bag".

2013 HCBA Fall Seminar Syllabus


10:00-10:30     Registration  

10:30-10:45     Welcome to the Short Course

10:45-11:15     Introduction to Beekeeping           

  • Why keep bees?
  • Where can I keep bees?
  • Why should I keep bees?

11:15-12:15     Biology and Colony Activities

  • Biology of the Hive
  • Hive Members
  • Colony Activities

12:15 - 1:00     Beekeeping Equipment

  • Hive Components
  • Tools

1:00 - 2:00       Lunch

  • Subway Subs or Bring your own
  • Feel free to leave & come back        

2:00 - 2:30       Obtaining & Installing Bees

  • Where to get bees
  • Installing bees

2:30 - 3:00       Working Bees

  • Lighting the smoker
  • Opening the hive
  • What a healthy colony looks like
  • What an unhealthy colony looks like

3:00 - 3:30       Products of the Hive

  • What do we get out of a colony (honey, wax, propolis, other)
  • Harvesting liquid honey
  • Brief overview of comb honey 
  • Wax related products (cosmetics,  candles, etc)

3:30 -4:00        Questions & Answers


Registration can be accomplished by electronic registration, please fill out the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by mail <Mail Form> with your name, address, phone number, and email, etc. Please pay by check (Mail check to:


HCBA Secretary (2013 Seminar)

7161 Deer Valley Rd

Highland, MD 20777


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