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Bee a Beekeeper! Introduction to Successful Beekeeping

The event listed here is not offered by WillBees and is provided solely at the request of its organizers. Contact the organizers directly with any questions or concerns.

Date: February 20, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location:  Plum Creek Nature Center in the Goodenow Grove Forest Preserve of Will County
27064 Dutton Rd
Beecher, IL 60401

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Driving Directions: 

East of 394 between Beecher and Crete

Contact: Mike Rusnak
Phone: 708-946-2216

This six-week beekeeping course will teach you all you need to know on how to become a successful beekeeper! Mike Rusnak, a member of the Will County Beekeepers Association, will use his 12 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:

Week 1 -- Familiarization: Introduction, History, Why keep honeybees, Resources, Cost
Week 2 – The Honeybee: Apis mellifera, Anatomy, Life cycle, Castes, Jobs, Characteristics
Week 3 – Equipment and stock: Hive components, Tools, Location, Suppliers, Races
Week 4 --Management: Inspections, Pests, Parasites, Diseases, Feeding, Treatments
Week 5 --Colony Dynamics: Honey production, Year in the apiary outlined, Winter clustering and overwintering honey requirements, Temperature regulation
Week 6 – Review - Examination - Course feedback (Optional An offsite field day will be planned to correspond with installation of a package of Honeybees in a Langstroth hive weather permitting.)

This workshop is presented in time for you to order your own supplies to get started with beekeeping this spring. For a preview of the workshop, read The Backyard Beekeeper: By Kim Flottum. Books may be purchased at Plum Creek Nature Center. This program will take place indoors.

Tuesdays, February 20th - March 27th
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Registration required by Friday, February 16:

Call 708-946-2216

Ages 18 and Older
This program will take place indoors.

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