Veteran Fox Valley beekeeper Charles Lorence will lead a class in beekeeping as a hobby in Geneva. | Submitted
Updated: January 17, 2014 6:20AM
Backyard beekeeping is becoming a more popular hobby, and a local class will help residents learn how to get started.
Geneva Park District is sponsoring a beginning beekeeping class that will start on Tuesday, Jan. 21, and continue from 8 to 9 p.m. for eight Tuesdays through March 11.
The class will be held at Persinger Recreation Center at 3507 Kaneville Road in Geneva.
Longtime Fox Valley beekeeper Charles Lorence will be the instructor.
The class will cover all the basics of getting started raising honey bees. Topics that will be covered include the anatomy and physiology of honey bees, beekeeping equipment, seasonal management of honey bee colonies, installing honey bees in a bee hive, garden plants, trees and flowers attractive to honey bees, and harvesting honey from a bee hive.
An additional one-day course will be offered in August showing removal of honey from bee hives and extracting and bottling the honey.
To register for the class, registration forms are available, and course fees can be paid at the Persinger Recreation Center or at the Sunset Rec Center at 710 Western Ave. in Geneva.
For more information, call Trish Burns, manager of Peck Farm Park, at 630-262-8244.