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UMaine Extension Offers Intermediate Beekeeping Courses

There’s still room in our intermediate beekeeping course in January 2014.

Master Beekeepers Jack Hildreth and Erin MacGregor-Forbes will instruct an intermediate level beekeeping course titled Apiary Management at USM in Portland consecutive Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., from Jan. 8, 2014 to Feb. 12, 2014. The $130 per-person fee includes a textbook; a $180 fee covers two family members and a textbook to share. The intermediate level beekeeping course is designed for beekeepers that have more than two years of beekeeping experience and / or currently manage 2 or more hives.

To register online: 

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Beekeeping Courses

University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County is pleased to offer the most comprehensive Beekeeping Education program in Maine.

With three levels of beekeeping instruction provided by Certified Master Beekeepers, we have programs for beekeepers of all levels.

Beginner and Intermediate Beekeeping Schools will commence Fall, 2013 and Winter, 2014.

The Advanced Beekeeper School is held every other year; the next Advanced Beekeeping School will be offered in 2014-2015. (Advanced Beekeeping School is designed for accomplished beekeepers with 5+ years of experience or those who have already taken Intermediate Beekeeping School. Completion of an Intermediate Bee School or instructor permission is a prerequisite for this course. This class will discuss advanced topics such as backyard queen rearing, mating nuc management, advanced nuc management, advanced swarm management, live colony removal, managing multiple yards, and more).

For more detailed descriptions of upcoming Beekeeping Schools please click here.

If you are interested in being placed on a notification list for any level or to request accommodations, please call University of Maine Cooperative Extension Cumberland County at  207-781-6099 or in Maine, call 1-800-287-1471. Or, please e-mail Justine Denny at


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Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County
75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104
Falmouth, Maine 04105
Phone: 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine)E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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