Bee School

ATTENTION:  Both Friday and Saturday classes are FULL.  If you mailed a check it will be considered in the event of a cancellation.  If there are no cancellations, your payment will be returned to you.

Intermediate Bee School:  Would you like to increase your beekeeping skills?   Attend this one-day class including active hive lab.

An Intermediate Bee School, co-sponsored by RIBA and RI College will be held in July 2016 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, 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 per person for members and $50* for non-members who register by June 27.   A $10 late registration fee will be required for registrations ** postmarked after June 27.   The number of enrollees will be limited to 25 students per class.

*$50 Includes RIBA membership through 12/31/2016.

**Print out the 2016 Registration form. 

At this time we will only be accepting checks to the PO Box on the registration form in order to be assured of an accurate count. Thank you for understanding.


Friday morning class or the Saturday morning class:

  • Friday, July 8th FULL from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. then out to the bee yard.  Rain date for lab:  Sunday, July 10th – 11:00 a.m. – Noon
  • Saturday, July 9th FULL from 9:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m then out to the bee yard.  Rain date for lab:  Sunday July 10th – 11:00 a.m. – Noon.


Beginner Beekeeping Class

The beekeeper season begins in Winter, and that’s when we offer Beginning Beekeeping Classes.  We invite you to sign up on our  2017 Advance Notice List by contacting our Bee School Director at  the email address below.   Include your contact information and your preferred location (Providence or Kingston) for the 2017 classes so we can get in touch with you.

This course covers 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.

Beginner Beekeeping Classes start in February each year at Rhode Island College in Providence, and at the University of Rhode Island’s Kingston campus.  Evening classes are particularly popular at URI and attendance is limited, so please take advantage of the 2017 Advance Notice List.

Betty Mencucci