AABA's Beekeeping Short Course

AABA's Beekeeping Short Course

Beekeeping - A Honey of a Hobby

Each winter AABA offers a beginning beekeeping course for anyone interested in learning the basics of beekeeping. Registration for the course opens in mid-September after the Anne Arundel County Fair and usually fills up quickly. The registration form will be available on this page and at the fair. Registration will close when the class is full or on January 5th, 2022. Register as early as possible as the class usually fills to capacity.

The course consists of seven (7) sessions and covers the following material:

  • Introduction to Beekeeping
  • Equipment
  • Honey Bee Biology
  • Spring / Summer Management
  • Fall / Winter Management
  • Maintaining Healthy Bees
  • Nectar Sources
  • Honey Extraction
  • Products of the Hive

In the final class, students will be shown how to install bees. Many students order bees during the class and start their first hives after completing the course. By that time, even those completely new to beekeeping will have the knowledge and the connections to start their own apiary.

The 2022 Short Course Schedule

AABA will offer the 2022 Short Course as a hybrid format. This is a seven-session course with an optional equipment lab. Plan to attend all Zoom Sessions and final Session Field Day.

Lecture Location: Lectures 1 through 6 held via Zoom
Equipment Lab and Session 7 Field Day hosted by:
HoneySmith Bees
1182 Patuxent Rd,
Odenton, MD 21113

 DATES:           
Session 1:  Wednesday, January 19th, 7 – 9 pm
Optional Equipment Lab*: Saturday,  January 22nd  (times to be assigned after session 1)
Session 2: Wednesday, February 2nd,  7 – 9 pm
Session 3: Wednesday,   February 9th, 7 – 9 pm
Session 4: Wednesday, February 16th, 7 – 9 pm
Session 5: Wednesday,  February 23rd, 7 – 9 pm
Session 6: Wednesday, March 2nd, 7 – 9 pm
Session 7  Field Day*:  Saturday, March 26th,  (times to be assigned)  

*In-person classes. Small groups will be assigned times.  

Required Textbook:  The Beekeeper’s Handbook, by Diana Sammataro & Alphonse Avitabile, 5th Ed. 

If you have questions, please contact our Beekeeping Short Course coordinator at shortcourse@aabees.org.