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Event Calendar

Bee a Beekeeper!: Introduction to Successful Beekeeping

Event Information

Date: Tuesday, 02/19/2019

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Fee: Ages 18 or older

Age: $50/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, will use his more than 15 years of experience to lead you through the beekeeping process.

The workshop fee includes the book “The Backyard Beekeeper” by Kim Flottum.

Sessions include these presentations:

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

This six-week program runs on Tuesdays, February 19 through March 26.

Event Requirements

Registration required by Friday, February 15: 708.946.2216.


The program will take place indoors in an accessible facility. Weather permitting, an optional off-site field day will be planned to correspond with installation of a package of honeybees in a Langstroth hive.

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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