Get busy and learn how to start beekeeping in your own garden for the fun of it or as a sideline job with classes offered by McHenry County College's Continuing Education Department.
The following classes are available:
Beekeeping 101: The demand for bees for pollination is up and here is where you can learn about bees and beekeeping. Beekeeping expert Larry Krengel will discuss bee biology and modern beekeeping techniques. Construction of hives and means of acquiring bees will be considered. Keep bees for the fun of it, as a sideline job, or to help your garden and orchard. If you have never kept bees before, this class is where to start. Class takes place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2 through 26 in Room A117. Cost is $59. Use course ID: NPG S38 003 to register for this class.
Seven Ways to Raise a Queen: The number of small-scale beekeepers is increasing and the demand for locally raised queen bees is growing. Purchased queens are often raised in areas of Africanized Honeybees or come from migratory bee operations where dangerous viruses are exchanged. This course will give you information and seven simple methods of raising healthy honeybee queens. With a few insights and a small amount of equipment, the backyard beekeeper can raise locally adapted queens from bee stock with a great record of winter survival, good temperament, and excellent honey production. Class takes place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19 in Room E222. Cost is $22. Use course ID: NPG S83 004 to register for this class.
Beekeeping Field Study: Learn practical, hands-on instruction for installing, manipulating, and inspecting colonies of bees on two consecutive Saturday mornings. The class will meet in a bee yard, so appropriate clothing and bee equipment will be necessary. Spring is the time to start with bees, and this course will walk you through it step by step. Class takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 12 and 19 at an off-campus location (students will be notified prior to class) Cost is $59. Use course ID: NPG S39 005 to register.
To register, call the MCC Registration Office at (815) 455-8588. For more information, call Tracy Berry at (815) 455-8758 or Claudia Terrones at (815) 455-8782.