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February 21 - March 28, 2023

Introduction to Successful Beekeeping Workshop

Plum Creek Nature Center • 27064 Dutton Rd. BeecherIL  60401 Organized by Forest Preserve District of Will County
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We're sorry, but this program is over. The last meeting was Tuesday, March 28, 2023.

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 18 years of experience to teach the beekeeping process. The workshop fee includes "The Backyard Beekeeper" by Kim Flottum.

Workshop sessions (Tuesdays: Feb 21, 28 and March 7, 14, 21, 28):

  • Week 1: Introduction: History, why keep honeybees, resources and cost
  • Week 2: The honeybee: 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, a year in the apiary, winter clustering and temperature regulation
  • Week 6: Review: Workshop examination and course feedback

$75 per person. Ages 18 or older.

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.

If you have any questions, please call us at 708.946.2216.

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Plum Creek Nature Center at Plum Creek Nature Center
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February 21 - March 28, 2023

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


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Ages 18-255 · Co-Ed


Plum Creek Nature Center

27064 Dutton Rd. BeecherIL  60401

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