WillBees is a non-profit organization that raises awareness of the products and services of the honey bee hive, encourages cooperation among local beekeepers, contributes to the advancement of education about beekeeping and its related activities, and offers support to our members and neighboring communities.

We were formed in February 2011 in Will County, Illinois. We meet at the Will County Farm Bureau at 100 Manhattan Rd in Joliet, IL.

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While WillBees does not sell package bees, we are providing information about local sellers of package bees that may be of interest to you. 

WillBees Classes

Using Nucs to be Sustainable

Hosted by WillBees
Mar 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Joliet, IL - Overwintering nucs is being used to avoid buying packages to replace winter losses. They are also useful for making queens, building comb, providing healthy brood for another hive, and even to make honey. Learn how to use this useful tool...

All About Swarms

Hosted by WillBees
Mar 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Joliet, IL - Swarming is a natural behavior of honey bees. Learn to recognize the causes and triggers for swarms to occur and how to use this natural tendency to benefit your management goals. Techniques to make surplus honey, re-queen, make splits and...

Noninfectious Disorders and Diseases of the Honey Bee

Hosted by WillBees
Mar 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Joliet, IL - Queenlessness, laying workers, starvation, overheating, chilled brood, spotty brood, wax moths and mice are a few of the noninfectious disorders you will need to recognize and manage before your bees can prosper. Infectious brood diseases,...

Troubleshooting Your Colony

Hosted by WillBees
Mar 29, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Joliet, IL - Learn how to solve and prevent common problems in your colony. Queen problems, varroa mites and overwintering success will be presented. Bring questions about your own apiary to have them discussed. Fee: $20 Sign up for this event...

Regional Beekeeping Classes

For a full list of regional classes offered by others, see our Education page.

The events listed in this section are not offered by WillBees and are provided solely at the request of their organizers. Contact the organizers directly with any questions or concerns.

Honey Tasting
Lyman Woods Nature Center
Mar 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm in Downers Grove, IL

Beginning Beekeeping II - Joliet Junior College
May 20, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Become a Member

Becoming a member of the Will County Beekeepers Association has a growing list of benefits.
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Association Meetings


2016 Meeting Topics

Meetings are 7-9pm at:
Will County Farm Bureau
100 Manhattan Rd
Joliet, IL 60433
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