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CDBA Summer Picnic – June 20

The 2015 CDBA summer picnic is a “GO”.

Everybody who responded “yes” to the survey. Previous “no” responses that change their mind (or members who did not receive a survey) please email Dan Rubino at so the order with the caterers can be adjusted.

Saturday, June 20. Rain or shine. We have a picnic shelter. Arrive before 11:00 am for brief CDBA meeting. Lunch starts noon.

Churchill Woods Forest Preserve Picnic Shelter, Glen Ellyn On St. Charles Road between I-355 and Swift Road. Enter parking with “Shelter” sign just west of I-355 overpass. Look for “CDBA Picnic” signs.

Detail map 
Photo of shelter  

Standard Forest Preserve latrines available near (not too near) picnic shelter.

What (to bring):
Last name A – M bring a salad (cold pasta, green bean, 3 bean, 5 bean, crunchy, baked beans, etc)
Last name N – Z bring a dessert (cookies, pie, cake, muffins, etc)
Bring your own soft drinks.
CDBA will supply bottled water, ice, cups, napkins, plates, plastic utensils, tablecloths, hand sanitizer.
CDBA will supply chicken tenders and bratwurst from Sporty’s Catering.

If you have beekeeping equipment for sale (including wax, honey, candles, molds) bring it for display. There is no charge for the picnic but plan ahead if you might want to buy something from the members.

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
Click here to learn more about the Cook Dupage Beekeepers Association Junior Beekeepers Camp scholarship

Cook DuPage Beekeepers Mentoring Get Together

The next mentoring get together will be held on Sunday, June 7th 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.