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Beginning Beekeeping

Schedule and location

Four Wednesdays, February 5 through 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Please note: Please call 630-719-2468 to be added to a waitlist. This class is sold out.

Fees and Registration

$95.00 member
$109.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course description

Learn the basics of beekeeping. Curious about honey bees?  Interested in starting your own hive and harvesting your own honey? Already have a hive and want to learn more about managing it? Join our experienced beekeeper and explore the history of beekeeping, bee anatomy, starting up a colony and managing it through the year, equipment basics, honey bee pests and diseases, harvesting honey, and more.

Course number



Greg Fischer, Arboretum beekeeper and owner, Wild Blossom Meadery

Course details

Notes: Held indoors. Limit 20
Recommended text: The recommended text, The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard & Garden, is available in the Arboretum Store.

Beginning Beekeeping