Education

WillBees Classes

Bee Prepared: Healthy Bees Make Happy Beekeepers

Presented by WillBees at
Joliet Junior College, Weitendorf Agricultural Educational Center
Feb 18, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Joliet, IL - Bee Prepared: Healthy Bees make Happy Beekeepers The Bee Prepared all day workshop will once again be presented by the Will County Beekeepers Association. A full day of workshops will be offered for all levels of experience. Beginning... View Details »

Using Nucs to be Sustainable

Presented by WillBees at
Will County Farm Bureau
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... View Details »

All About Swarms

Presented by WillBees at
Will County Farm Bureau
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... View Details »

Noninfectious Disorders and Diseases of the Honey Bee

Presented by WillBees at
Will County Farm Bureau
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,... View Details »

Troubleshooting Your Colony

Presented by WillBees at
Will County Farm Bureau
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... View Details »

Regional Beekeeping Classes

Intro to Beekeeping - Downers Grove Park District

Lyman Woods Nature Center
Jan 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Downers Grove, IL - Contemplating keeping bees, but don’t know where to start? Join Marge Trocki, the Lyman Woods beekeeper, to learn the fundamentals every new beekeeper should know. You’ll start by learning the basics of bee biology, and... View Details »

Intro to Bee Keeping Workshop - Park Ridge Park District

Wildwood Nature Center
Jan 25, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Park Ridge, IL - Contemplating keeping bees, or just curious about this fascinating hobby? Join us to learn the fundamentals every new beekeeper should know. You'll start by learning the basics of bee biology, and leave with an understanding of how to get... View Details »

Beginning Beekeeping - The Morton Arboretum

Thornhill Education Center at The Morton Arboretum
Feb 1, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Lisle, IL - Learn the basics of beekeeping. Curious about honey bees? Interested in starting your own hive and harvesting your own honey? Already have a hive and want to learn more about managing it? Join Marge to explore the history of beekeeping,... View Details »

Beginner Beekeeping Course - Downers Grove Park District

Lyman Woods Nature Center
Feb 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Downers Grove, IL - This 6-week course will introduce you to basic honeybee biology, social insect behavior and honeybee colony dynamics as well as teach you the ins and outs of maintaining a hive throughout the entire year. Marge will take you through... View Details »

Bee a Beekeeper! Introduction to Successful Beekeeping

Plum Creek Nature Center in the Goodenow Grove Forest Preserve of Will County
Feb 21, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Beecher, IL - The opportunity to be a successful beekeeper is happening at Plum Creek Nature Center! This 6-session beekeeping course will build your confidence to make you a successful beekeeper! With over 12 years of successful beekeeping experience,... View Details »

Beginning Beekeeping I - Joliet Junior College

Joliet Junior College
Feb 25, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Joliet, IL - This is the first of two classes offered in the spring and summer for any person interested in learning about beekeeping. The classes are designed to provide the students with a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to be successful... View Details »

Is Beekeeping For Me? - Joliet Junior College

Joliet Junior College
Feb 27, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Joliet, IL - Beekeeping can be very rewarding. Is it the right choice for you? Our experienced beekeeper will help you determine if beekeeping is a good fit. Explore the personal commitment and financial investment required to become a beekeeper.... View Details »

Advanced Beekeeping Course - Downers Grove Park District

Lyman Woods Nature Center
Feb 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Downers Grove, IL - This beekeeping course delves deeper into pest management, harvesting and extracting honey, swarm management, overwintering hives, and other topics that go beyond first-year beekeeping. Completion of the Beginner Beekeeping Course and/or... View Details »

Honey Tasting

Lyman Woods Nature Center
Mar 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Downers Grove, IL - Join us for an evening of honey tasting! Taste several varieties of honey harvested locally and from across the country while exploring their attributes, including color, aroma, texture and, of course, flavor. Discover their unique... View Details »

Beginning Beekeeping II - Joliet Junior College

May 20, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
(Prerequisite: Beginning Beekeeping I ) This is the second of two classes offered in the spring and summer for any person interested in learning about beekeeping. The classes are designed to provide the students with a comprehensive... View Details »

How-To's

Beginners Guide to Making Mead (PDF 8MB)
Mead Instruction Sheet (PDF)
Using mostly commonly available equipment. Updated Oct 2016

Cold Process Soap Making
How to make soap at home. (PDF 4.4MB)

Amy's Lip Balm Recipe
How to make lip balm from beeswax.

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Association Meetings

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