The primary goal of the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program is to improve and maintain the health of honey bee colonies throughout the region. To meet this goal, the program has the following objectives:
Increase knowledge and understanding of honey bees and beekeeping
Provide guidance in appropriate management and consistency in the practice of beekeeping
Encourage ongoing education of beekeepers at all levels
Create a web of beekeepers who serve as instructors and mentors to beekeepers enrolled in the program
Support and encourage participation in the regional community of beekeepers
Actively inform and increase public awareness through outreach events about the honey bee, the role of honey bees in contemporary culture, and ways to contribute to improving the health of honey bee colonies
Three Levels of Instruction
Participating beekeepers gain experience at three successive levels: Apprentice, Journey, and Master. Each Level provides opportunities and support for additional learning, practice in the field, and community service.
At this level, the program emphasizes hands-on training with a mentor. Classroom-based and online instruction is available throughout the state. Completion of this level gives participants a solid foundation in beekeeping.