2017 Beekeeping Classes

Attend a Class on Beekeeping! See below for Description of Classes offered in the Cook-DuPage area. Classes are posted arranged by date.

You must be a member or your association must be a member to have your class posted! To join – Click Here!


Mettawa Bee Seminar: Bee nutrition the next step

Saturday March 18th 2017

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Honey Tasting

Join us for an evening of honey tasting! Taste several varieties of honey harvested locally and from across the country while exploring their attributes, including color, aroma, texture and, of course, flavor. Discover their unique characteristics and what influences their flavor. Learn the science behind honey and what makes it so beneficial.

Where: Lyman Woods Nature Center, 901 31st St, Downers Grove, IL
Date: March 21, 2017, Tuesday
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Fee:$20 register at www.dgparks.org, search for activity #384064-01


8th Annual Bee Forum: The Art of Beekeeping, The Science of Bees

Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance hosts an annual Bee Forum to join local beekeepers and beekeeping experts to discuss relevant topics in the world of beekeeping, in addition to building community with Chicagoland beekeepers. This year’s theme is “The art of beekeeping, the science of bees”. We have three experts lined up who will present on various aspects around the central theme. To help build community and keep the conversation going, we have a shared potluck lunch.

This year’s speakers;
Dr. Meghan Milbrath – coordinator of the Michigan Pollinator Initiative at Michigan State University, owner of Sand Hill Apiaries.
Tim Wilbanks – fifth generation beekeeper who grew up working in his family’s commercial package and queen rearing business, owner of Kalona Honey Company.
Sainath Suryanarayanan – Assistant Scientist of Biology & Society at University of Wisconsin – Madison, author of recently published book; Vanishing Bees: Science, Politics, and Honeybee Health.

In addition to these great presentations, there will also be an update on Chicago Bee Project. Chicago Bee Project was started in spring 2016 and focuses on raising local queens from overwintered colonies and distributing those queens to area beekeepers.
Tickets are $35 for general registration and $28 for GPCA members and volunteers and can be purchased at https://garfieldconservatory.org/event/8th-annual-bee-forum-the-art-of-beekeeping-the-science-of-bees/.

When: March 26th 2017 From 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624


Beekeeping: Hands-on Mentoring

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. Ages 16 and up.

Where: Lyman Woods Nature Center, 901 31st Street, Downers Grove
Date: April 29, Activity #484017-01
May 20, Activity #484017-02
June 17, Activity #184085-01
Time: 10:00 – 12:00 pm, Saturdays
Fee: $10/class Register at www.dgparks.org


Round Table Discussion: Learn from other Beekeepers’ Questions.

Presenters and additional details to posted at a later date.

Where: Cook County Farm Breau (CCFB) 6438 Joliet Rd, Countryside, IL 60525
When: Wednesday, June 7th 2017, 6:30 PM to 9 PM


Beekeeping: Hands-on Mentoring

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. Ages 16 and up.

Where: Lyman Woods Nature Center, 901 31st Street, Downers Grove
Date: April 29, Activity #484017-01
May 20, Activity #484017-02
June 17, Activity #184085-01
Time: 10:00 – 12:00 pm, Saturdays
Fee: $10/class Register at www.dgparks.org


Junior Beekeepers

Suit up and join our beekeeper to investigate the inner workings of a beehive. You’ll inspect real frames of bees and even harvest honey from the hives! Protective gear provided, but campers must be comfortable being close to bees.
Where: Lyman Woods Nature Center, 901 31st Street, Downers Grove
Date: July 17 – 21, Activity #184054-01
Time: 9:00 – 4:00 pm
Ages: 9-12 years
Fee: $250 Register at www.dgparks.org


Honey Harvest

Get buzzing and discover the amazing world of honeybees! Learn how bees make honey and see firsthand how honey is extracted. Try your hand with the hot knife or extractor, and have a taste of some wild Lyman Woods honey.

Where: Lyman Woods Nature Center, 901 31st Street, Downers Grove
Date: July 22, Activity #184087-01
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 am, Saturday
Date: July 22, Activity #184087-02
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Saturday
Fee: $18/family Register at www.dgparks.org