News and Events

Hands-on Beekeeping Demmonstration – April 22nd

Pete Soltesz, President, CDBA, will be hosting a hands-on basic beekeeping demonstration this Wednesday, April 22nd at the Hanover Park Community Apiary.  The gate will be open at 6:00 pm.  Pete will be installing 4 packages of bees.  The demonstration is open to both members and guests.  Please text your RSVP to Pete at 650 200 5582.  The Hanover Park Community Apiary is located at 2400 Army Trail Road, adjacent to Lion’s Park.

Beekeeping: Hands-on Mentoring – Downers Grove Park District

Need advice or have a question about keeping bees? Whether you are a new or veteran beekeeper, find or be a mentor to your fellow beekeepers! Join Marge as you suit up and look into the hives in the Lyman Woods apiary. See first-hand what the bees are doing during their busiest time of year, and discuss questions about management techniques and practices. Jackets, veils and gloves are available, but please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes or boots. If raining, mentoring will take place indoors. Register at Search for activities #484017 and #184085. Sign up for one or several of the days.
Dates:  April 18, May 9, June 13 
Day:  Saturdays
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Age: 16 years and up
Fee: $10 per class
Location: William F. Sherman, Jr. Interpretive Center


Junior Beekeepers Camp

Smoke out a real adventure! Suit up and join our beekeeper to investigate firsthand the inner workings of a beehive. Learn all about hives and colonies while you build a hive and inspect real frames of bees. You’ll even harvest honey from the hives! If you attended last year’s camp- sign up again- we’ll be working on all new activities! Protective gear provided, but must be comfortable being close to bees. Register at Search for activities #184054.
Dates:  July 20 – 24
Day:  Monday – Friday
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Age: 9 – 12 years
Fee: $115
Location: William F. Sherman, Jr. Interpretive Center

Cook DuPage Beekeepers Mentoring Get Together

The next mentoring get together will be held on Sunday, May 3rd at 8:00 am.  The informal get together meets at the York Rd. McDonalds in Hinsdale. It’s a good opportunity to meet with other beekeepers in the area to “Talk Bees” and share some knowledge over a cup of coffee and an Egg McMuffin.  For further information and directions, visit the Calendar of Events page.

Mentoring meeting

For Sale!

Do you have some beekeeping related merchandise that you would like to sell?  Are you a member of the Cook Dupage Beekeepers Association?  If you answered ‘Yes’ to both questions, you may now list your items on the new For Sale page.   Please use the Contact Us page to submit information about any items you would like to sell.