Take a Class
We hold beekeeping classes in January/February and June/July each year.
Winter is the perfect time to prepare for the coming beekeeping season. Our Winter class lasts all day and gives a beginning beekeeper the information needed to start up in the spring.
Winter one day classes will be held at the Cards Against Humanity Offices in Chicago from 10 AM to 3 PM. Lunch is potluck. Students will get further details after they sign up.
Classes in May and June are hands on at our apiary for beginning beekeepers. If you have a hive now or just want some more experience before you take the plunge, this class might be good for you.
Beginning Beekeeping Class
Our Winter classes are lecture format, one day long and cover honeybee biology and life cycle, pests and diseases, foraging habits and beekeeping equipment and techniques.
Winter one day classes will be held at Cards Against Humanity in Chicago from 10 AM to 3 PM. Lunch is potluck. Students will get location details after they sign up. Cost is $85.00 for the class.
We highly recommend that students read a beekeeping book beforehand in order to become familiar with beekeeping terms.
Scholarships to this class are available through our partner non profit, Chicago Honey Co-op Training Center.
Swarm Control for Beekeepers
This class will run from 10 AM to approximately 1 PM at Chicago Honey Co-op Work Space and will cover hive conditions that encourage swarms, swarm preparation indicators, reasons and methods to prevent swarms, reasons to encourage swarms, how to inspect a hive for swarm behavior, catching swarms and decoy hives and swarm traps. Cost is $50.00 (check back for the next swarm class)
Hands-On Beekeeping Class
Our hands on classes are meant to be a follow up to our Winter lecture classes. They are one day long and give students practical experience with tools, lighting a smoker, hive inspection techniques and how to determine the health of a hive.
The class is held at Rancho Verde, headquarters of Christy Webber Landscapes in Chicago, from 10 AM to 3 PM. Lunch is potluck. Students will get further details after they sign up. Cost is $85.00. The class will have a rain date of the next day (Sunday).
We highly recommend that all class participants read a beekeeping book before they come to the class in order to have some familiarity with beekeeping terms and honeybee behavior.
Candle Making With Beeswax
Join a beekeeper from Chicago Honey Co-op in this candle making class specifically dedicated to Beeswax Candles. Learn the ins and outs of making candles with this unique renewable resource. Find out how honeybees make wax, how beekeepers collect it and refine it, what equipment is used and then learn how to properly heat wax and actually pour beeswax candles.
Class will last approximately from 1PM to 4PM. Participants will get hands on experience and will be able to take home the candle(s) they make.
Maximum of 8 people per class. We will add more classes if needed. (Check back for the next class)
Cost $50.00 with snacks and mead.
Learn how to set up and maintain your own honey bee colony from Keith Delaplane, Ph.D., of The University of Georgia. The book is a step by step guide to beekeeping throughout the year. We recommend this book for students in our beekeeping classes.
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