Adult Programs

Beginning Beekeeping (Online)

Learn the basics of beekeeping. If you are curious about honeybees,  interested in starting your own hive and harvesting your own honey, or you already have a hive and want to learn more about managing it, join our experienced beekeepers to learn more.

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Learn the basics of beekeeping. If you are curious about honeybees,  interested in starting your own hive and harvesting your own honey, or you already have a hive and want to learn more about managing it, join our experienced beekeepers to learn more. Explore the history of beekeeping, bee anatomy, starting up a colony, managing it through the year, equipment basics, honeybee pests and diseases, harvesting honey, and more.

How do I access the program?

  • A link to join the program will be included in the Order Summary email you receive after registering. Keep this email handy!
  • Click on the link at the scheduled date and time. 

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  • This program will take place using Zoom. A link will be provided to all registrants by email. Click on the link to join the program at the scheduled date and time. 
  • Please add education@mortonarb.org to your address book. You will receive an email from this address with the link to join class.
  • Automatically generated captions will be available
  • Limit 25

Recommended text: The recommended text, The Backyard Beekeeper:  An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard & Garden, is available in the Arboretum Store.

Instructor: Pete Soltesz, president, and Kim Kulton, board director, Cook DuPage Beekeeping Association 

Pete Soltesz has been President of the Cook DuPage Beekeepers Association, one of the largest beekeeping clubs in the Midwest, since 2013. During this time, he has introduced hundreds of new members to the culture of beekeeping via classroom instruction, hands-on mentoring, and hosting guest speaker / webinar series. Pete has also served on the Board of Directors of the Illinois State Beekeeping Association as a former Vice President. He has extensive experience in raising treatment-free bees, rearing queens, splitting hives, pollinating crops and relocating bees and creating habitat. Pete is passionate about helping others acquire the knowledge and skills needed to have a successful journey with keeping bees.

Kim Kulton, a native of Elmhurst, earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology and Chemistry, at Northern Illinois University, minoring in Anthropology.  She began her career as an entomologist with the State and was first to confirm the presence of West Nile Virus in Illinois.  In 2013, Kim was visiting a friend who was having a colony of honey bees removed from her roof.  Kim was so fascinated, she rolled up her sleeves, climbed the scaffolding and helped the beekeeper vacuum the bees and cut-out the comb.  Later, she went on to form her own company:  “Bee All About It.”   Today, she collects and removes swarms, raises local queens, promotes bee venom Apitherapy, provides pollination services and produces local honey for sale.  She manages more than 85 colonies of bees in 11 locations around the Chicagoland.   Kim is a Director on the Board of the CookDuPage Beekeepers Association.

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