Beekeeping Class: Help the Bees

with Lauren Tackbary

Beekeeping Classes in Chicago

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Class Info

Want to get involved in beekeeping? This class is a great beginners class on how to start a hive or just learn more about the ancient practice of beekeeping. For gardeners who want to maintain a hive for pollination or for those who want to collect honey, this class will give you all of the information you need to start beekeeping in your backyard. Very basic knowledge on beekeeping is helpful but not necessary.

This class is BYOB too so feel free to bring your favorite drink for the class too. Kids are also welcome to the class, so bring the whole family!

11am-1pm will be lecture to learn all about beekeeping before we inspect the hives and from 1pm-2pm we will work in the hives! Protective clothing is provided but it is helpful if you wear lighter colored clothes, jeans, longer socks that can be pulled over your jeans and closed toed shoes.

Key topics that will be discussed are:

-Equipment to buy to start a hive
-Protective gear
-How to get a colony of bees
-How to introduce your queen to a new hive
-Basic hive maintenance
-What to check for when looking in the hive
-Proper methods for working in the hive
-Anatomy of bees
-In depth understanding of everything inside the hive.

We will be a break between the lecture and working in the hives for tea, coffee and snacks as well honey tasting. There will be lots of handouts for reference but a notebook would be helpful for extra notes.

Please feel free to email me with any additional questions



Course Reviews (9)
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    Steph L.

    Left 7 months ago
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    Learned sooo much! I have an even greater respect for bees and want to do my part to save them. Great teacher

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    George F.

    Left 8 months ago
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    Enjoyed the class and Lauren's teaching style. Very personal and had plenty of time to provide a broad range of information and answer lots of questions. The group size was small so there was good interaction and trading of everyone's level of knowledge. The bees were active and despite the overcast day Lauren offered to invite us back to spend time to get more involved in viewing the hive. I would recommend this class to anyone who wants to get involved in beekeeping.

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    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Sherry R.","created_at":"9 months","title_link":"<strong>Beekeeping Class: Help the Bees</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"Great overview of bees, bee behavior and beekeeping in general by a teacher with knowledge, enthusiasm, and passion for \"her girls\"! Beeing in the hives what the best\r\npart!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Kelly F.","created_at":"9 months","title_link":"<strong>Beekeeping Class: Help the Bees</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"I loved this class. In fact, I dreamed about bees last night (in a good way!). There is SO much to cover in the class time span that I'd love a more intensive class for anyone still thinking about getting a hive (ME!) after this intro class. I learned a lot, but it's clear I'm going to need to know a lot more. The honey was fabulous too. ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Jennifer B.","created_at":"9 months","title_link":"<strong>Beekeeping Class: Help the Bees</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"The class was great! Lauren is very knowledgable and passionate about her bees. Plus, inspecting the hives was uber interesting. I highly recommend it.","teacher_response":null}
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    {"commenter_avatar":"/assets/fallback/default_user_photo-f2c0a37d5fe569acc6f03ae223a6129d.png","reviewer_name":"Mary L.","created_at":"about 1 year","title_link":"<strong>Beekeeping Class: Help the Bees</strong>","positive":true,"review_content":"This was an amazing class, I had no knowledge of beekeeping and left feeling like this is something I could really get into. Lauren covered the basics but also gave personal insight into the bees complex life. ","teacher_response":null}
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    Lauren does freelance design and marketing in Chicago and attended DePaul University for marketing and studio art. Lauren is active in sustainability practices and is an avid beekeeper and urban gardener. She has been apart of WWOOF'ing, Word Wide Organization of Organic Farmers in France where she lived on an organic wheat farm. While living in France, she explored farming, gardening, sustainable energy and beekeeping. Lauren is active in volunteering and volunteers at Kilbourne Organic Greenhouse, Chicago Honey COOP and Endless greens Hydroponics in Evanston.


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