Bee School

Bee School

Beekeeping Classes


Would You Like to Learn Beekeeping?  

Beginner Beekeeping Classes start in February each year.  The next RIBA Bee School is to prepare new beekeepers for starting hives in Spring 2019.

It has been very popular and successful for folks to get on the Advance Notice List to get registration information as soon as it becomes available in the Fall, 2018.  It doesn’t obligate you to anything but you will be the first to know when we know.

This course will cover everything the beginning beekeeper needs to know.  Subjects will include getting started, the honeybee life cycle, choosing an apiary site, buying bees and equipment, assembly of the hive, installing package bees, catching swarms, nectar sources, bee diseases and pests, hive inspections and wintering.  A variety of beekeeping equipment will be displayed and demonstrated each week.

To sign up for the Advance Notice List, please send your name, contact information and preferred location of northern RI (RI College, Providence RI) or southern  (University of RI, Kingston RI) to Betty Mencucci:
or send it by US mail to:
RIBA Bee School
PO Box 685
Glendale, RI 02826

 RIC Providence – Friday Mornings 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM 
Jan 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22 (Snow day March 1) 
RIC Providence – Saturday Mornings 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM 
Jan 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, 23 (Snow day March 2) 
URI Kingston – Thursday Evenings – 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM 
Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7 (Snow day March 14) 
URI Kingston – Saturday Mornings 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM 
Feb 9, 16, 23, and March 2, 9 (Snow day March 16)


2019 Intermediate Beekeeping Class

Would you like to increase your beekeeping skills?

An Intermediate Bee School, co-sponsored by RIBA and RIC will usually be held in July at Rhode Island College. It consists of a 2 hour classroom session and a 1 hour lab in the apiary at the college. The school will be taught by Betty Mencucci and is open to all members of RIBA who have some beekeeping experience or who have taken the beginner class and are seeking to advance their beekeeping knowledge and skills.

The class will deal with subjects such as colony inspection, finding the queen, requeening a colony, evaluating the strength and health of the hive, swarm prevention, creating splits, best practices for colony management and expansion, and determining levels of varroa mites and best treatment methods.

The cost of the class is $35 for members and $50 for non-members(includes membership through 12/31/19). The number of enrollees will be limited to 25 students per class.
This years classes are
FridayJuly 6th 9am-11am
Saturday July 7th 9am-11am

RAIN DATE FOR LAB will be Sunday July 8th at 11 am

Download the form here
Intermediate Bee School Registration form
Fill out the form
Make check payable to RIBA and send to:

RIBA Bee School
PO Box 685
Glendale, RI 02826