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Bee School Buzz: Elevate Your Beekeeping Skills With Forsyth County Beekeepers Association

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Beekeeper in colorful bee yard

Photo by Michelle Brock.

The Forsyth County Beekeepers Association (FCBA) invites you to embark on a fascinating journey into the world of beekeeping with their upcoming 2024 Bee School. This program will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to become a certified beekeeper through presentations, demonstrations, mentors, class instruction, and practical experience. With in-person instruction, demonstrations, and self-directed asynchronous online learning, the FCBA Bee School offers a flexible and comprehensive learning experience that culminates with an optional certification exam.

Bee on Dandelion.

Photo by Michelle Brock.

Schedule and Location:
The in-person Bee School sessions will take place on January 20, February 3, February 24, and March 2 at N.C. Cooperative Extension – Forsyth County Center located at 1450 Fairchild Road, Winston-Salem. These sessions are tailored to provide participants with practical insights and hands-on experiences in beekeeping.

The Bee School curriculum covers a wide range of topics essential for successful beekeeping. From understanding honey bee biology and seasonal hive management to disease prevention and equipment purchasing decisions, participants will gain a thorough understanding of the intricate world of beekeeping. The classes will be led by experienced beekeepers from the Forsyth County Beekeepers Association, ensuring that you receive top-notch guidance and insights.


Photo by Michelle Brock.

Certification Exam:
For those looking to validate their newfound knowledge, an optional written North Carolina State Beekeepers Association (NCSBA) certification exam will be held on April 6 at N.C. Cooperative Extension – Forsyth County Center located at 1450 Fairchild Road, Winston-Salem. Successfully passing this exam not only serves as a testament to your expertise but also opens doors to further opportunities in the world of beekeeping.

Cost and Membership:
The cost of the entire Bee School program is $75, which includes all in-person sessions, and access to the online course resources. Additionally, participants are required to become members of the Forsyth County Beekeepers Association for $10. This membership not only supports the local beekeeping community but also provides access to a network of experienced beekeepers for ongoing support and mentorship.

Bees on a colorful bee hive

Photo by Michelle Brock.

The Forsyth County Beekeepers Association Bee School is a golden opportunity for anyone who is passionate about bees or interested in becoming a beekeeper. With a blend of in-person instruction, hands-on demonstrations, and online coursework, this program promises to enrich your understanding of beekeeping. Don’t miss the chance to join a community of like-minded individuals, gain valuable skills, and contribute to the vital world of beekeeping. Register today at

Please contact Rebecca Craps at or 336-703-2858 with questions.

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