The South Carolina Mid-State Beekeepers Association


Continuing Apiculture Education

Mid-State Beekeepers Association Recognized Learning Opportunities

All Mid-State Monthly Meetings are education opportunities for members. The public is also welcome to come visit with us and learn more about beekeeping in the Midlands.

We invite all to come share a couple hours with us the first Tuesday of each month. Meeting location, details, and directions are available on our Home Webpage.

2017 Spring NC & SC Joint Conference

Date: March 3-4, 2017 

Location: Baxter Hood Center in Rock Hill, SC

Address: 375 S Anderson Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29730

Cost:  Individual $40   Family $50

Walk Ins:  Individual $50  Family $60

Registration:  Open to NC, SC and Georgia 

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Sunday, March 5 at 1 PM - 5 PM
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    Hendersonville NC Seminar Topics include:
    Keeping Bees Alive: Key Factors in Sustaining Colonies
    Nucleus Mgt: The Multi-Purpose, Indispensable Nucleus

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    Journeyman Class in Lancaster

    The Journeyman beekeeper class is for those that desire to go to the next level of beekeeping. The 16 hours of class time will be held over a 6 week period.   

    Details of Journeyman Class
    Date & Time:  

    March 11  9am -1pm

    March 18  9am -1pm

    April 8       9am -1pm

    April 15     9am -3pm (review and exam will be in the afternoon)

    USC Lancaster Campus
    476 Hubbard Dr., Lancaster, SC  29720
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    Young Harris-UGA Beekeeping Institute
    May 10-13, 2017
    Young Harris College
    1 College St., Young Harris, GA 30582

    The UGA Honey Bee Program offers an annual Georgia beekeeping event in cooperation with Young Harris College. This event provides a vast amount of information in the form of lectures, workshops & demonstrations from esteemed local, regional, national and international beekeeping practitioners, authors, & researchers. The event also features hands-on training classes, beekeeping and honey judging certification programs, a distinguished regional honey show, multiple awards programs, and a renowned dinner party, and many other educational opportunities. Since 1992, the University of Georgia & Young Harris Beekeeping Institute (YHBI) has been the single most comprehensive opportunity in the Southeast for concentrated training in all aspects of practical beekeeping.

    2017 NC State Beekeepers Association Summer Meeting
    July 13-15, 2017
    Twin City Quarters (Marriot, Embassy Suits, and Benton Convention Center)
    406 North Cherry Street, Winston-Salem, NC

    This is the 100th Birthday celebration of the NCSBA and a special agenda and History review is being planned.

    EAS 2017 Conference
    July 31 - August 4, 2017
    University of Delaware, Clayton Hall Conference Center
    Newark, DE

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    We will deliver the usual excellent speakers and variety from the very practical beekeeping to the more scientific bee talks. The short course will have a beginner, an intermediate and more advanced beekeeping tracks. Conference mornings will feature our award winners and keynoters of note and the afternoon will feature several options for workshops. We will have an auction night event on Thursday and our banquet on Friday night on-site. Tours will include some of the outstanding DuPont property mansions and gardens of the area. Or stroll over to the beeyard for a look at our local colonies.

    Aiken County Beekeepers

    Beginning Beekeeper Course

    Our annual “First Lessons in Beekeeping” course will begin on Tuesday January, 31 2017 at 6:30 PM. The course will be held at Trinity United Methodist church 2724 Whiskey Rd Aiken SC, across from Tractor Supply, in the youth hall in the rear of the church.

    The costs for the course are as follows:
    Adults $75.00
    Couple $95.00 (includes one textbook)
    Children under 18 are free with paid adult

    Fees includes
    -Text Book
    -Seven Weeks of Expert instruction
    -ABA Membership one year
    -Written Test Fee
    -State Membership one year

    Click HERE for more information.

    Wateree Beekeepers (Camden)

    Beginning Beekeeper Class

    WBA is STILL Accepting Registrations for the 2017 Beginner's Beekeeping Class

    Classes will begin on Thursday, January 12, 2017.  The class will meet on five consecutive Thursday evenings.

    (January 12, 19, 26 and February 2 and 9) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Kershaw Homemakers Building in Camden, at the corner of Church and Dekalb Streets. The cost for the class is $50 per person, and includes a textbook (The Beekeepers Handbook) and a one year membership in both the Wateree Beekeepers Association and the South Carolina Beekeepers Association.  We will accept payment from the first 45 registrants.  Send your name, address, phone number and e-mail address, along with a check or money order payable to WBA to P.O. Box 2153, Camden, SC 29020.  

    Click HERE for more information.

    Want more learning opportunities?

    Visit our Fellowship Webpage where you can learn more about local offerings and ways to network with local Midlands area beekeepers.

    Beekeeping is both science and art. You'll increase your chances of learning both by fellowshipping with peers, bee buddies, and mentors.

    Saturday, Apr 29 All Day
    Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Tuesday, Jun 6 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Tuesday, Jul 4 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM