Year-round monthly beekeeping workshop led by Jeff Ludwig and various instructors. In-season classes are held in the apiary of the forest preserve where participants can work with live bees in working hives.

Byron Forest Preserve
Beekeeping Workshops
Sundays 2:00-4:00pm, $2 per person/per class

2017 dates:

  • January 8: Checking for winter kill and clean up of dead equipment.
  • February 12: Equipment needs and assembly of new equipment. Also, why didn't my bees survive the winter?
  • March 12: Feeding bees and installing packaged bees.
  • April 9: Feeding bees and preparing for splitting over-wintered colonies.
  • May 21*: Knowing when to put on supers, swarm prevention, and raising queens.
  • June 11*: Honey extraction how-to's and uses for beeswax.
  • July 9*: Marketing strategies and health department updates.
  • August 13*: Checking for mites and overall health of bee colonies.
  • September 10*: Getting bees ready for over-wintering.
  • October 8*: Over-wintering review for healthy bees and checking mite load.
  • November 12: Cleaning equipment and assembly of new equipment.
  • December 10: Christmas party for beekeepers, honey tasting, honey recipe samples, wassail, door prizes, and lots of bee talk about ordering packaged bees for spring shipment.

*Denotes outdoor workshop, weather permitting.
Bring your bee suits!

Jarret Prairie Center, 7993 N. River Rd., Byron
To sign up, call 815-234-8535 x200