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UCNCBA Beginning Bee School, Fall 2023

Union County NC Beekeepers Association is pleased to announce their Fall 2023 Beginning Bee School

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UCNCBA Beginning Bee School, Fall 2023
UCNCBA Beginning Bee School, Fall 2023

Time & Location

Sep 11, 2023, 8:37 PM – 8:53 PM

Monroe, 307 Cultivation Cir, Monroe, NC 28112, USA


About the event


Union County NC Beekeepers Association announce their 2023 education for beginning beekeeping!!

  • 8 In-Person Class Sessions ​​
  • Comprehensive session content
  • Covers material needed to become an NC Certified Beekeeper
  • Presented by Certified Beekeepers
  • Door prizes at each session
  • Opportunity to take the NC Certified Beekeeper exam

What does this include?

  • ‘Beekeeping for Dummies 5th edition’ paperback book
  • 2024 UCNCBA Club membership
  • Union County Beekeepers Club T-Shirt
  • 8 Sessions of Learning & Fun!
  • State beekeeper certification exam and practical exam opportunity.
  • Free mentoring from experienced beekeepers (Must take state exam to receive a mentor)
  • Free Giveaways after every class!

What will I learn about?

  • Races of honey bees and terminology
  • Anatomy, biology, and physiology of honeybees
  • Types of hives, hive parts, and accessories
  • Products of the Hive
  • Why keep honeybees, agricultural dependence,
  • history of honeybees
  • Startup cost and equipment needed
  • Feeding, transporting & hive placement
  • Why honeybees swarm and their management
  • Disorders, parasites, and hive invaders
  • How bees make it through the cold winter months & what we can do to help
  • How to inspect a hive
  • Pollination and management of a hive throughout different seasons.
  • When, where and how to buy bees

​What else does this include?

  • Hands-on how to light a smoker
  • Hands-on building frames and boxes
  • Hands-on teaching hive
  • Mentor to help guide you with your bees (Must take state exam to receive a mentor)

School Schedule

All classes are at 6:30-9:00pm at the Simponson Event Center

  • 09/06 - Orientation
  • 09/11 - Introduction to Honey Bees and Beekeeing
  • 09/25 - Bee anatomy and Behavior
  • 10/02  - Time to Get Started (Equipment)
  • 10/09 - Acquiring and Installing Bees
  • 10/30 - Seasonal Management (Hands-On Session)
  • 11/06 - Keeping Bees Health
  • 11/13 - Review & Exam

Attendence Policy: 

This school is 8 sessions long.  Each class is filled with pertinent info to your success as a beekeeper. Each night is 2.5 hours long. We understand we all have lives outside of beekeeping. Life happens, schedules changes, and classes get missed.

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before class starts as we have a tight schedule and a lot to cover.
  • Missing 1 Night of class - You are allowed to miss one night of class and still be eligible to take the state examination.
  • Missing 2 or more nights - Once a second night of class is missed you will be ineligible to take your state certification exam until those sessions are made up.                                   
    • Session missed will need to be made up during our next school, usually next spring or fall.

    Refund Policy  We are committed to providing our students with high-quality instruction, but we understand that sometimes circumstances arise that may require a refund. The follow is our refund policy        

  • Refunds are at the full discretion of the UCNCBA and will not be issued unless there are extreme and unavoidable circumstances offered.
  • After 2 sessions of instruction, no refunds will be issued.

Questions? Contact Carolanne Ciavolella at:


  • 2 hours

    Session 1: Orientation Meeting

  • 2 hours

    Session 2: Introduction to Honeybees and Beekeeping

    Simpson Event Center
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  • UCNCBA Fall 2023 Admission

    Please bring this ticket along with a photo ID to all class sessions.

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