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Bee a Beekeeper!: Introduction to Successful Beekeeping

Dates: Feb. 19, 2019 - Mar. 26, 2019
Times: 6-8 p.m.
Category: Education/History
Location: Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Rd, Beecher, IL 60401
Phone: (708) 946-2216
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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, will use his more than 15 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, Winter Clustering, Temperature Regulation Week 6 Review, Examination and Course Feedback

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. For ages 18 or older; $50/person. Registration required by Friday, February 8: 708.946.2216.

What's Nearby:
Starved Rock Lodge - Cabins
Joliet Iron Works Historic Site
Utica Business Association
Captain's Cove Bar and Grill
Joliet Slammers Baseball
Kayak Morris

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