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Introduction to Successful Beekeeping - Beecher IL

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 18, 2020
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: Kate Caldwell
Phone: kcaldwell@fpdwc.org
Email: 815-722-5945

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.

Registration required by Friday, February 14: 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.

Age: Ages 18 or older.
Fee: $60 per person.

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