• BEEKEEPING COURSE 2016

    Date: 2015.08.18 | Category: Announcement | Tags: ,

    Web-26REGISTRATION INFORMATION IS BELOW

    The Chattahoochee Valley Beekeeping Association is announcing the dates for the 2016 Spring Beekeeping Course.  This course will teach you how to become a beekeeper and walks you through everything you need to know to begin.  Classes take place at Oxbow Meadows in Columbus, Georgia and are from 3PM – 5PM on each of the days (see schedule below).  In addition to learning how to handle bees, you will learn how to purchase equipment and will be offered special pricing on bees.  The fee for this class is $100 and includes all six (6) weekly class demonstrations to attend, written materials, membership into the CVBA for one year, and free admission into the Insectival Event offered at Oxbow Meadows during the Summer.  (Bees and equipment are purchased separately and are not included in the tuition.)

    Classes are held on Saturdays (see schedule below) and are from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM on each of those days.

    If you only want to attend a few individual classes, we also offer that option.  The tuition is $25 for each individual class you choose to attend.

    If you enroll in this class and wish for a family member to attend with you, they may attend for $50, and you can share materials.

    NEW INFO: Special for last years attendees:  Previous students of the 2015 class may attend this 2016 class for $50.  (You will use your same materials from the 2015 class.)

    The dates of the classes are consecutive Saturdays, except the last class, which allows us to skip Easter Saturday.  The timing of this entire course is the perfect time of year to get set up and start keeping bees.

    REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

    The fee for this class is $100 and includes all six (6) weekly class demonstrations to attend, written materials, membership into the CVBA for one year, and free admission into the Insectival Event offered at Oxbow Meadows during the Summer.  (Bees and equipment are purchased separately and are not included in the tuition.)

    To register for The Spring Beekeeping Class, please call Oxbow’s front desk at 706-507-8550 and ask to register for the Spring Beekeepers Program.  Payment can be accepted over the phone.

    Pre-registration for the Full Course and advanced payment of $50 (which is half of the full tuition) are required to complete your registration and is non-refundable in cash unless cancelled by Oxbow Meadows.  Registration will close Friday February 19th, 2016.  The remaining balance is due before the first session begins.

    Pre-registration for single classes follows the same instructions.  Advance payment of $25 for each individual class is required and registration closes on Friday before each program date.

     

    Dates for the Spring Course:

    Class 1: February 20th, 2016

    3PM – 5PM at Oxbow Meadows Auditorium

    Registration, introductions and general discussion on honeybees and beekeeping, all designed to answer the question, “Is beekeeping right for me?”.  Distribution of textbook, catalogs and other materials.  Overview of equipment needed by participants and how to order.  Woodenware must be ordered soon after this meeting.


    Class 2: February 27th, 2016

    3PM – 5PM at Oxbow Meadows Auditorium

    Discussion of honeybees, types of bees, life cycle, hive locations.  Further discussions on the use of woodenware, protective clothing and other tools necessary for the beekeeper.


    Class 3: March 5th, 2016

    3PM – 5PM at Oxbow Meadows Auditorium and Garage area

    Hands on assembly of hive components.  Demonstrate and assist participants in the assembly of their equipment.


    Class 4: March 12th, 2016

    3PM – 5PM at Oxbow Meadows Auditorium and Beeyard

    How to don protective clothing.  Lighting a smoker.  Use of various tools.  Discussions on package installation and NUC installation.  Demonstration of an actual hive inspection.


    Class 5: March 19th, 2016

    3PM – 5PM at Oxbow Meadows Auditorium and Beeyard

    Hands on hive inspections by instructors and participants.  Overview of the extraction process.  Demonstration of the extraction equipment.  Discussion of next sessions events and what participants need to bring.


    [skip a week here for Easter] no class


    Class 6: April 2nd, 2016

    3PM – 5PM at Oxbow Meadows Garage area and Beeyard

    Final formal class.  Demonstrate the installation of a package of bees and the installation of a NUC with live bees if available and possible.  Assist participants with their installations.

    Beekeeping education is ongoing and we recommend joining the CVBA as we provide educational programs throughout the year.  Joining is easy.  You can view the membership application HERE.