A Look Inside the Hive - Introduction to Urban Beekeeping

Curious about keeping bees in the city? Join Brittany Buckles, trained Entomologist, beekeeper, and Education & Outreach Coordinator with Bike a Bee, for this hour-long class. This presentation and discussion-based class will cover all the basics of urban beekeeping. You’ll also be able to view honey bees up close in Plant Chicago’s classroom observation hive and taste some local honey!

The class will cover the following topics:

  • Basics of the honeybee hive
  • Installing a package of bees
  • Hive inspections
  • Feeding your new bees
  • Queen cells and swarm prevention
  • Adding new supers
  • Diseases
  • Ways to help your bees

Bike a Bee is an urban beekeeping project with about 50 hives on the south side of Chicago, some of which are on the roof of Plant Chicago’s home, The Plant. Most of Bike a Bee’s hives are placed in community gardens, schools, urban farms, and other shared, visible spaces. They believe having bees where people can see them enriches the community’s understanding of bees and the natural systems around them; children, teens, and adults learn through observation and coexistence that bees are our friends, not our enemies!

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