Beekeeping Classes and Conferences

Improve your beekeeping skills by taking classes or attending seminars or other training sessions. Check back regularly for updates to the list of 2020 beekeeper classes, training opportunities, and conferences. Please notify the webmaster or a CDBA board member if you know of opportunities that should be considered for inclusion.

Leap into Beekeeping! Beginning Beekeeper Course
Cook County Farm Bureau
February 29th and March 1st, 2020 @ 9 a.m. – 3 p.m each day

The Cook County Farm Bureau and the Cook-DuPage Beekeepers Association (CDBA) have joined forces to help you get started down the right path in keeping and caring for bees by offering beekeeping workshops at the Farm Bureau!  From selecting the location of the hive to harvesting honey, this fun and entertaining 2-day program will immerse you into the world of beekeeping.  What a great way to spend the extra day this year! The class will be taught by Pete Soltesz and Kim Kulton, both experienced beekeepers and board members of the CDBA. More information…

Beginning Beekeeping Class
Garfield Park Conservatory
March 8, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Spend the day with Garfield Park Conservatory’s Head Beekeeper (and CDBA board member), Marcin Matelski, to learn the basics of beekeeping: equipment, hive design and construction, bee biology and behavior, bee management, and bee products. More information…

Spring/Summer Bee & Beekeeping Classes
Lyman Woods, Downers Grove
(Various dates)

The Downers Grove Park District is offering a variety of beekeeping classes at Lyman Woods this spring and summer. For more information, check out their listings.