March 26 Hands-on in the bee yard

The first hands-on in the bee yard of 2017, scheduled for March 19, has been postponed to March 26 due to the cold weather.  The activity begins at 1 pm.  Bee School participants may complete the instruction and practical test.  However anyone interested in learning how to handle honey bees is invited to attend.  The gathering begins in the parking lot near the Historic Oak Park Visitors Center (overflow parking near the Commons Building at the Wake County Office Park).  This event is weather dependent, so if it is too cold, it may be postponed.  Please check the website for changes. Other scheduled dates are April 23, May 21, June 25, July 16, August 20, and September 17.

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March 14 Meeting

Join the Wake County Beekeepers Association on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 for our monthly meeting at the Wake County Commons Building, 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh.  Ben Crawley and a special guest will discuss how to “shake a package” (install it) and what to do with a swarm.  There will be a hands-on portion at this meeting.  Ben will bring a bee vacuum and show everyone how to make a bucket on a pole, along with a parts list so you can make your own. (Find out why you need a bucket on a pole!) The gathering begins at 7 pm and the meeting starts at 7:30.  Come and bring a friend.

The first hands-on in the bee yard, scheduled for March 19, has been postponed to March 26, due to the cold weather.

The 2017 “Swarm Zone Map” has been updated.  2017 swarm zone map

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February 14 Meeting Reminder

Wear your name tag from last year to the February meeting.  You will receive a 2017 label for your current name tag.  If you need a replacement name tag, please contact

We need your involvement.  We will form these 5 committees:

  • Swarm Team
  • Community Outreach/Teaching
  • Bug Fest
  • State Fair
  • Selection committee to pick a representative to attend Eastern Apiculture Society (EAS)

Come prepared to volunteer.  Bring your sweetheart to this meeting.  Refreshments will be served.

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February 14 Meeting at Wake County Commons Building

Don’t miss our February 14 meeting, as we will learn how to build frames.  The gathering begins at 7:00 and the meeting starts at 7:30 pm.  Please renew your membership or join at the February or March meetings.


We had an enjoyable Beginner Bee School on February 11.  Be sure to welcome the newest beekeepers. Many thanks to our instructors and helpers who gave their time on Saturday to teach beekeeping.


Bee School 2017 Agenda


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Cancelled – Jan 10 Meeting at Wake Co Commons Building

Due to icy roads, our January 10, 2017 for our monthly meeting is cancelled.  We were scheduled to  learn all about frames, including how to build frames.  Committees for 5 areas of interest were to be formed (State Fair, Community Outreach/Teaching, Swarm Capture, Bug Fest, and Eastern Apiculture Society).  A raffle was to be held for some 1970’s equipment and honey.  Our next meeting is February 14, 2017.

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Dec 13 Dinner Meeting at Wake Co Commons Building

Join us on December 13 for our annual Holiday Dinner at 6:30 at the Wake County Commons Building, 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh.  The club will provide the meat (ham and turkey), so bring a side dish or dessert to share.  Families invited.  You may join or renew your membership for 2017 for $10 between December and March.  Here is a link to the renewal form:  2017 WCBA-Membershipform

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2017 Spring Beginner Beekeeping Workshop February 11, 2017

Registration is now closed.  We have a fantastic response.  Be sure to attend our monthly hands-on workshop beginning in April.

The WCBA workshop for beginning beekeepers will be held Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Raleigh Police Club, 3500 Leonard Road, Knightdale, NC 27545.  Classroom instruction from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., followed by administration of the written portion of the Certified level test of the NCSBA Master Beekeeper Program.  If you want to take the certified test, you must be a member of the NC State Beekeepers Association (NCSBA).  Please join the NCSBA through their website for $15 prior to attending the class,  The Practical portion of the test will be given each third Sunday at 1:00 pm during March – September.  (You must keep bees for four months before taking the practical test.)  Meet at the beehives behind the cotton field at Historic Oakview Park, Carya Drive, Raleigh for the hands-on instruction and administration of the practical segment of the Certified test.  The workshop fee is $50, which includes the book First Lessons in Beekeeping, one year membership in the WCBA , and lunch on Saturday.  Click below for the registration form.  The link to the class agenda will be posted later.


If a NCSBA member wants to take the Certified written test on February 11, or after the hands-on monthly workshop, please e-mail the secretary or treasurer.  There is no charge to take the test.  The written test will also be administered each 3rd Sunday of April, May, June, July, August, and September at 4:00 p.m. after the practical workshop.

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Nov 8 at the Police Club

November 8 Monthly meeting -  Join us at the Police Club for our monthly meeting.  Will Hicks, NC Department of Agriculture Apiary Inspector will speak and answer questions.  The Police Club is 3500 Leonard Road, Knightdale (although many GPS find the address in Raleigh).  This is election day, so plan to vote, then come to our meeting.  Treasurer Dawn Childers has t-shirts that were not picked up last month, as well as a few for sale ($9).    

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October 11 BBQ at the Police Club

October 11 Monthly meeting -  Join us at the Police Club for our annual covered dish dinner.  Ricky is cooking BBQ and you are invited to bring a dish to share.  We will begin at 6:30 pm.  Treasurer Dawn Childers requests pictures for a slide show.  Please e-mail them to her at .  The raffle drawing for the Honey Extractor will be held.  T-shirts (that were ordered by September 30) will be distributed.  We would like to get a group picture of all club members in attendance. 

The NCSBA will be selling North Carolina Honey at the 2016 NC State Fair.  Volunteers needed!  Set Up: Tuesday, October 11th:  and possibly on Wednesday if need be.  Setting up includes: unloading cases of honey, stocking the booth, storage organization and taking inventory.  Fair Booth Dates:   October 13th-23rd.  Follow this link for sign up slots and shifts: go/30E0C49ADAB2CA0F49-ncsba

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Sep 13 Monthly Meeting – Police Club

Join us as Rebecca Irwin, NCSU Associate Professor, Dept of Applied Ecology speaks on “Medicinal Properties of Nectar and Pollen in both honey bees and bumble bees”

T-shirts orders will be taken

Hands-on in the Hive for September 18 is canceled.  The hives are being treated for varroa.

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