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‘Be a Beekeeper’ with help from the Forest Preserve District of Will County

BEECHER – Learn what it takes to manage honeybees during a six-week “Bee a Beekeeper: Introduction to Successful Beekeeping,” course at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Plum Creek Nature Center.

The course will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 20 to March 27.

Participants will learn all they need to know about becoming successful beekeepers. Mike Rusnak, a member of the Will County Beekeepers Association, will use his 12 years of experience to lead program attendees through beekeeping basics.

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

Weather permitting, an optional off-site field day will be planned to correspond with installation of honeybees in a hive. The program is for ages 18 and older and it costs $60 a person.

Register by Feb. 16, at or by calling

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