Beginning Beekeepers Class

2018 Beekeepers Class
Saturday, January 27, 2018.
(Snow date: Saturday, Feb 3, 2018)

Beginning Beekeepers Class 2017

Beginning Beekeepers Class 2017

The 2017 Beginning Beekeepers Class was a success!   There were about 110 participants.


Welcome! If you are a new beekeeper, interested, thinking about, or just curious about honey bees and beekeeping, you can learn a lot at the Beekeeping Class January 27, 2018 (snow date is Feb 3, 2018). The class is hosted and presented by the Heart of Illinois Beekeepers Association. The class will be held at the United Presbyterian Church, 2400 W. Allen Road, Peoria, IL 61614 in the Fellowship Hall. The class will run from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided for all attendees. The price of the meal is included in the $50 entry fee. If you would like to bring a spouse or a child (age appropriate please), add an additional $10 for their meal. The sign-up deadline is January 15, 2018.                 Click here for sign-up form and more information.

We have a full day planned with topics that will aid you in your journey as a beekeeper.
Beginning Beekeeping Class Agenda
Our aim is to give you the best possible knowledge to make informed decisions to save you time, money, frustration, and possible heartbreak. We want you to become a successful beekeeper whether you just want the benefits of having the bees for pollination in your garden and only want one or two hives, or you have aspirations of starting a small side business. We want you to have the knowledge to be a beekeeper, not a beHAVER. The days of putting bees into a wooden box and coming back in the fall to harvest honey are gone. You need to be actively involved with your new hobby and constantly learning and keeping track of your bees’ progress. An incomplete list of topics covered in the class is below.

  • Choosing your apiary location
  • Choosing and buying woodenware and other equipment and tools
  • Where to buy bees
  • Cleanliness in the bee yard
  • Feeding bees and nutrition
  • What to look for during hive inspections
  • Early detection of diseases and pests
  • Medications and treatments

Beekeeping is a very interesting and exciting family hobby that helps your community and your local environment. If you are interested, this is what you need to get started. We look forward to meeting you and sharing the knowledge we have gained through the combined years of beekeeping our members possess.

To register for the class, please mail a check and registration form to Dale Martin. Click here for the registration form and mailing address.

Delaney, age 5, holding a drone bee during a hive inspection.