The Oregon Master Beekeeper Program has been educating beekeepers since 2012. We surveyed program participants to evaluate the effectiveness of the training on beekeeping knowledge, confidence, and community involvement. The survey results showed positive changes in beekeepers, especially due to hands-on training by volunteer mentors, an integral component of the program. We also found areas for program improvement, such as providing more local contact with volunteers and addressing mentor-mentee scheduling issues. The insights gleaned from our survey could be used by those involved with other master beekeeper programs or similar Extension programs to strengthen educational offerings.
Breece, C., & Sagili, R. (2019). Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program. Journal of Extension, 57(3), Article 5. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol57/iss3/5