PORTLAND — The University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County plans to offer two beekeeping courses this winter. The two courses are designed for two different audiences, beginner level beekeepers and intermediate level beekeepers.

The Beginner Beekeeping Course involves five sessions and will be taught by two experienced beekeepers, Geoff MacLean and Jack Hildreth. The beginner course will be offered on consecutive Wednesday evenings starting this week in Portland. The fee for the beginning course is $80 per person and covers the cost of the textbook, a bee disease publication and the beekeepers reference notebook.

The Intermediate Level Beekeeping Course will be taught by Master Beekeeper Erin Forbes and is scheduled for six consecutive Monday evenings, starting Feb. 6 at the University of Maine Regional Learning Center/Extension Office in Falmouth. The fee for the intermediate level course is $130 per person.

For more information, go online to umaine.edu/cumberland/ programs/2012-beekeeping courses.

To request a registration form or to register over the phone with a credit card, call 781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471.

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