As a member of HIBA you can learn, teach, and share your experiences as a beekeeper. Annual Membership dues are $20. Here are some of the benefits of being a member of HIBA. Click here for the membership application and brochure.

Illinois State Beekeepers Association:

As a member of HIBA a portion of dues go toward membership of the Illinois State Beekeepers Association.

How-To Sessions:

The Heart of Illinois Beekeepers Association (HIBA) meets regularly—February through October—in Peoria, Pekin, Eureka, and elsewhere for special gatherings. HIBA brings together hobbyist and commercial beekeepers for lectures, demonstrations, field days, and other informative and entertaining activities. They are great places to learn and share.  Thursday and Friday night meetings start at 7:00 p.m. These gatherings are open to the general public, and conclude with a sharing of honey-recipe desserts. Door prizes are awarded at each meeting.


Members receive the Heart of Illinois Beekeepers’ newsletter before each regular meeting as well as the Illinois State Beekeepers Association Bulletin every other month.

Discounts on Journals:

A beekeeping journal is available to HIBA members at a substantially reduced rate. The publication is the American Bee Journal.

Decades of Experience:

The Heart of Illinois Beekeepers Association originated in 1982 with the renaming of the Tazewell Beekeepers Association. The Tazewell Beekeepers Association was founded in the early 1900s. We have members with many years of beekeeping experience that are willing to become a mentor for new beekeepers.