January 29 - October 8
Have you heard the buzz? Backyard Beekeeping classes are coming back to the sanctuary for 2022! Programs are available for every skill and interest level from basic, intermediate, or advanced. So, whether you’re just curious about beekeeping, already managing your own apiary or looking to expand your colonies, we’ve got you covered as you learn the time-honored tradition of keeping and caring for bees. All classes are led by Peter Ferreira, certified master beekeeper.
INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING BASICS – Part 1
January 29 from 9-11am
Location: Newtown Community Center
If you’re thinking about starting a backyard beehive or are just curious about what’s involved with keeping bees, then this is the introductory class for you. The class is designed for absolute beginners – no prerequisite knowledge is required. The purpose of this short class is to give the potential beekeeper an idea of the cost and requirements of starting a couple of hives. Professional beekeepers will be present to answer all your questions. This “exploratory” class will help potential beekeepers decide if beekeeping is right for them.
INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING BASICS – Part 2
February 19 from 9am-12
Location: Newtown Community Center
You’ve learned the basics of what goes into beekeeping and now want to learn more! This class is for beginners who want to take their knowledge to the next step by learning the basics of bee biology, equipment choices, setting up hives, pest management and more. You can walk in knowing absolutely nothing about bees and walk out ready to get started with your own backyard beehive! This class will “kick off” the beekeeping adventure for those who have decided to make the commitment and become beekeepers.
BACKYARD BEEKEEPING: 8-CLASS SERIES
Location: Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary (weather permitting) or Newtown Community Center
Registration Deadline: March 1, 2022
Requirements: Must sign medical release to participate. Bee suit and gloves required.
If 2022 has you thinking about beekeeping but you don’t know where to start, the sanctuary has the series for you! Learning from the experts is imperative for today’s beekeeper as so much has changed since our ancestors raised bees. Without proper knowledge, it’s easy to lose a new hive to mites, wax moth or the first winter. Our 8-class series was designed specifically to help your hives grow and thrive. Together, we’ll walk through the seasons, guiding you through honeybee biology, beekeeping science, best practices and what to expect during your first year of beekeeping. The series is geared for first time beekeepers and presented by experienced apiarists, guest speakers, entomologists and horticulturists. Please note: this class is for those with minimal to no beekeeping experience. If you have prior experience, consider signing up for our advanced classes below.
Class 1: March 5 from 9-11am
Class 2: April 2 from 9-11
Class 3: May 7 from 10am-12
Class 4: June 4 from 10am-12
Class 5: July 10 from 10am-12
Class 6: August 13 from 10am-12
Class 7: September 17 from 10am-12
Class 8: October 8 from 10am-12
“QUEEN REARING” BEEKEEPING – 3-CLASS SERIES
Location: CVH Animal Sanctuary
Dates: May 7, June 4 & July 10 from 12:15-2:15pm
This 3-class series is the perfect course for those who want to learn about the most important individual in their colonies or are thinking about rearing their own queens. Advanced beekeeping enthusiasts will learn the theory behind queen rearing strategies including basic queen biology. A must for all serious beekeepers! Topics include: