Introduction to Beekeeping - Not Offered Fall, 2017

Students will receive instruction on how to become a beekeeper in the High Country.  Topics will include honeybee anatomy, hive construction and placement, types of honeybees, beekeeping tools, how to obtain and install bees, pests and diseases, hive management, and honey production.  Students will have an opportunity to visit an apiary during Spring, 2017.

Instructor: Mark Hurst
Cost:   Includes "First Lessons in Beekeeping" book by Dr. Keith Delaplane

Mark Hurst has been a beekeeper for 11 years and is a member of the Watauga County Beekeepers Association and the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association.  He has taught and facilitated a beginning beekeeper class for the past 5 years at Caldwell Community College.  He was selected as the Watauga County Beekeeper of the Year in 2012.  He is a retired educator and, after retiring, spent 4 years as a part-time employee at Beech Mountain Beekeeping.

Registration will begin on the following dates and will remain open until the class fills or three working days before the class starts, whichever comes first:

  • FALL SESSION: August 10 at noon
  • SPRING SESSION: December 1 at noon
  • SUMMER SESSION: May 1 at noon

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PLEASE NOTE: You may cancel a craft class up to two weeks before the class begins, with a $30 cancellation fee assessed. No refunds are allowed within two weeks of the start date, nor after the class begins.

PLEASE NOTE: Most classes meet over multiple weeks. Registration for each class is open until the class fills or until three working days before the class begins, whichever comes first. If you miss the registration for this semester we hope you will consider taking this class the next time it is offered. Please contact Teri Reddick at to be added to the mailing list if you would like to be notified when new classes are offered.

Director: Dacia Trethewey,

Director Emeritus: Eric Reichard,

If you experience problems completing the registration, contact Teri Reddick at 828-262-2530 or email Teri Reddick at

If you need accommodations due to a disability, contact the Office of Disability Services at least two weeks prior to the beginning of your Craft Enrichment class. (828) 262-3056.

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