Learning about bees

Classes and workshops are a great way to begin or continue learning about bees and beekeeping! Additionally, SBA members have written helpful articles and have gathered a variety of resources to help you.

Local workshops and courses

Beekeeping Introduction course at Harford Community College

Beekeeping is a fun and interesting hobby, however, don't get stung! Find out what's involved before investing your time and resources. This class, presented by the Susquehanna Beekeepers Association, will explain the equipment needed, how to start a hive, and even explain how to make your own equipment. If you decide it's a hobby you would like to pursue, you will be ready for the full Beekeeping class offered in the spring.

November 18, 9AM–2PM

$10 per person

To register, go to the course catalog and search for "beekeeping introduction."


Intermediate Beekeeping Lessons & Practices

Intended for beekeepers who would benefit from mentored hands-on experience. Each lesson will consist of an in-depth discussion on a specific timely topic, followed by practical demonstrations in the apiary.

April 30–October 1, 2017

$25 per lesson

Location: Maryland Agriculture Resource Center (MARC), 1114 Shawan Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030

More information and registration on the MARC site.

Webinars, videos, and book collections

Videos from SBA members

Joe Lewis on Sustainable Beekeeping through Nucleus Colonies

Ohio State beekeeping webinars

A resource from The Ohio State University Bee Lab.

The E. F. Phillips Beekeeping Collection at Mann Library

The Hive and the Honey Bee and the Phillips Collection, with a searchable collection of free beekeeping books and articles

Sustainable Honeybee Program

This Virginia-based organization provides several videos on beekeeping practices.

Brushy Mountain Bee Farm

This bee supply retailer also hosts several educational videos on beekeeping.