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In addition to the regular short course classes, two special elective classes have been added.

 

TopBar Hives (Monday):

The beeyard part of Top Bar Hives instruction is limited to 25 people. Please reserve your spot at registration.  Once the first session is full, we will offer afternoon sessions run by other beekeepers.

 

Train the Trainer (Tuesday):

The goal of this program is to provide training in how to conduct an efficient bee school.  This will help improve content delivery, maximize student learning, and promote beekeeping. The intent of this workshop is to learn how to teach effectively, leaving it up to each individual instructor what to teach. In short, this workshop is not about what to teach, but how to teach it.

 

 

 

Train-the-Trainer

How to teach beekeeping…not what to teach

EAS Short Course

Tuesday, August 6, 2013; 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

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As beekeeping has increased in popularity along with its positive public perception, the demand for beekeeper education—particularly at the beginner level—has never been greater.  One chokepoint in beekeeper education has been the small supply of good beekeeping teachers who can provide quality educational experiences.  

The goal of this program is to provide training in how to conduct an efficient bee school.  This will help improve content delivery, maximize student learning, and promote beekeeping. The intent of this workshop is to learn how to teach effectively, leaving it up to each individual instructor what to teach. In short, this workshop is not about what to teach, but how to teach it.

Lectures will include: the right mixture of theory and practice; what makes a bad presentation; teaching young beekeepers; using the BEES network in your bee school; crafting a test; and putting it all together.  

In the all-day training and workshops you will:

  • Learn various tips and techniques about improving content delivery
  • Gain experience in applying some of the more common techniques for teaching beekeeping
  • Become confident in being able to develop a curriculum for beekeeper education at any level of expertise
  • Discuss with other bee school instructors potential pitfalls in conducting a bee school and means by which they can be avoided or overcome

Preregistration is required for the limited number of seats. The workshop is comprehensive so that all participants are expected to remain through the entire day. Priority will be given to those who have or plan to conduct a beginner bee school so that we can learn from each other about what works, what doesn't, and what to expect from many different perspectives.

Feel free to bring along a syllabus to critique and discuss with others.


Instructors will be David R. Tarpy, Program Director & Extension Apiculturist, NC State; Bill Mares, EAS Education Committee Chairman; and others.

Bill Mares is the immediate past president of EAS and the Vermont Beekeepers Association. His organization and skill produced one of the finest and most well-attended conference in decades. Bill co-chairs the EAS Education Committee. Seek him out at EAS 2013 for his wit and pith.

David Tarpy hales from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, although he is now famous for his queen biology and other research at North Carolina State University. After building one of the largest and most successful state master beekeeper organizations, he has recently developed an online education platform called BEES. See David online or in person at EAS 2013.

Master Beekeepers

The Master Beekeeper Certification Committee would like to invite qualified EAS members to apply for this year’s certification exam. Persons interested in applying should have a minimum of five years as a serious beekeeper in some aspect of apiary management, such as a very dedicated hobbyist, a commercial beekeeper, working for a commercial beekeeper, or as an apiary inspector. Anyone wishing to take the Master Beekeeper Certification Exam should submit an application and recommendation by mail to: Susan Fariss, EAS Secretary, 142 Cemetery Road, Mocksville, NC 27028, or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The application and recommendation forms can be downloaded from the EAS website or requested from the Secretary. The deadline for application is July 1, 2013. More information about the Master Beekeeper Certification application process and the exam can be found on the Master Beekeeper webpage at www.easternapiculture.org.

This year’s schedule at the conference will include an open review session on Wednesday, August 7, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. The field exam will take place on Wednesday afternoon, before the review and the written, lab, and oral exams will take place on Thursday, August 8, 2013. The Master Beekeeper Certification Committee will be happy to answer questions; our email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Master Beekeeper Schedule
Exam ReviewWed4:00-5:30 p.m.Sykes 252
Field ExamWednoon-5:30 p.m.Beeyard
ExamsThu8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.Merion 109 (lab)
Merion 112 (written)
Sykes 306 (oral)
Sykes 303 (oral)
Annual Meeting
(Breakfast working meeting)
Fri7:00-8:00 a.m.Sykes 252
Exam Review
(Candidates receive scores
and get questions answered)
Fri4:15-5:00 p.m.Sykes 252

Apitherapy Symposium

Thursday, August 8, 2013
8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

You likely know something about acupuncture, but have you heard about apitherapy, which therapeutically combines acupuncture and bee venom?  Do you know that honey bees make a “glue” called propolis that has antibiotic properties?  Have you heard that honey and honey bee collected pollen may reduce allergic responses to pollen?  The President of the American Apitherapy Society (AAS), Frederique Keller, DOM, L.Ac, will speak about therapeutic uses of honey bee products and conduct two workshops at West Chester University on August 8, 2013, as one component of the meeting of the Eastern Apicultural Society’s (EAS) annual meeting.  Holding a Masters of Science degree in Oriental Medicine and a license in Acupuncture, Frederique Keller will share her knowledge and experience in honey bee related therapies.  Come and see a demonstration of bee venom therapy and make a jar of propolis-containing salve to take home!

The cost for the Thursday event is $65 plus membership in either EAS ($25) or AAS. Registrants may attend the apitherapy classes and any other beekeeping session taking place that day. Registration options can be found at www.easternapiculture.org. The onsite registration desk opens at 7:00 a.m. For more information contact Greg Fariss at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 336-998-2975.

 

Apitherapy Schedule
7:00-8:30Breakfast (Cafeteria)
8:00-8:30Apitherapy Overview and Beekeeping
Frederique Keller L. Ac., President AAS,
Craig Byer, Board Member AAS
8:30-9:00Pollen and Bee Bread
Frederique Keller L. Ac., President AAS,
Craig Byer, Board Member AAS
9:00-9:30Propolis: Collection, Preparations, and
Indications
Frederique Keller L. Ac., President AAS,
Craig Byer, Board Member AAS
9:30-10:00 Break
10:00–noonBee Venom Therapy; Applications & Technique (informed Consent Form for people participating  in afternoon Bee Venom Workshop)
Frederique Keller L. Ac., President AAS,
Craig Byer, Board Member AAS
noon-1:30Lunch Break
1:30–3:00Bee Venom Therapy Practical Demonstration
Frederique Keller L. Ac., President AAS,
Craig Byer, Board Member AAS
3:00 - 3:30Break (vendor Area)
3:30 - 5:30The Colors of Propolis & Salve-making
Frederique Keller L. Ac., President AAS,
Craig Byer, Board Member AAS

www.apitherapy.org

 

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