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Event Calendar

Bee a Beekeeper!: Introduction to Successful Beekeeping

Event Information

Date: Tuesday, 02/18/2020

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Fee: Ages 18 or older.

Age: $60 per person.

Contact Phone: 708.946.2216

Location: Plum Creek Nature Center

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Event Details

This six-week beekeeping course will teach you all you need to know to become a successful beekeeper. Mike Rusnak, a member of the Will County Beekeepers Association, has more than 15 years of experience and will lead you through the beekeeping process.

The workshop fee includes the book "The Backyard Beekeeper" by Kim Flottum. Sessions include these presentations:

The following topics will be included. 

  • Week 1 – Familiarization: Introduction, History, Why Keep Honeybees?, Resources and Cost 
  • Week 2 – The Honeybee (Apis mellifera): Anatomy, Life Cycle, Castes, Jobs and Characteristics 
  • Week 3 – Equipment and Stock: Hive Components, Tools, Location, Suppliers and Races 
  • Week 4 – Management: Inspections, Pests, Parasites, Diseases, Feeding and Treatments 
  • Week 5 – Colony Dynamics: Honey Production, Year in the Apiary, Winter Clustering and Temperature Regulation
  • Week 6 – Review, Examination and Course Feedback

The sessions will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, February 18 to March 24. 

Weather permitting, an optional off-site field day will be planned to correspond with installation of a package of honeybees in a Langstroth hive.

Event Requirements

Registration required by Friday, February 7: 708.946.2216.


The program will take place indoors in an accessible facility. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this program should mention their request when registering, or submit a request online no later than 48 hours before the program.

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