About Meetings, Field Trips and Courses
Meetings are typically the fourth Tuesday of the month. They are open to everyone member or not. There is no cost to attend.
We meet 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The meetings take place at the U of I Extension office at 1615 Commerce Parkway, Bloomington, IL 61704 – Currently in-person at Extension Office and on Zoom
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Meeting ID: 852 9267 3353
Upcoming meeting 8/24/21 7-9 pm U of I Extension Office or zoom. Presenter Rob Preston of Tippy Creek ‘Finding Financial Success in Beekeeping aka How to Make Your Spouse Happy without Breaking the Bank’ Honey Harvesting, Honey Sales and Feeding. Tippy Creek sells honey and honey infused products and runs about 40 hives.
Bees and Brews Socialize with like minded people who want to talk bees. Typically the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7-9 pm. Location is different each month.
Upcoming Bees and Brews: 8/11/21 Wednesday 7-9 pm, Location- campfire ring Sugar Grove Nature Center, outside event, BYOB and a lawn chair, mead sampling and s’mores
Field Trips are events that we go to others sites for various hands on activities. There maybe a small cost for field trip. This would be open to everyone with a discount for current CIBA members
Upcoming Field Trip Event:
Extraction Event, 8/23/21 11-3 pm Saturday at Hillco Beekeeping Equipment, 710 Lincoln st, Minonk, IL
Bring frames for extracting. We will demonstrate various methods of uncapping, different extractors to try, see various equipment available for harvesting honey. We can measure the moisture level of your honey. Some mead and light snacks, If you plan to bring frames, please reserve your spot with me or ask questions, PK (309)826-0089 You will need a bucket for your honey from extraction of frames. If you don’t have frames to extract come anyway, learn, help other and get sticky and have fun.
Courses are half day or full day activities presenting information in a class formation. There would be a cost. This would be open to everyone with a discount for current CIBA members.
Upcoming course “Beekeeping 101” Saturday 1/29/22 8 am – 4 pm
Hive inspections at SGNC – Sugar Grove Nature Center We have hives at 2 locations. We open the hives to inspect the bees, take time to show what we see and the whys of what we are doing. Need to bring your own veil. We do have some veils on a limited basis.
Trail Hives- located east of bus remote parking area, turn left/east after immediately leaving the woods, on right/west is a gazebo and bus parking sign, go east about midway down grassy area to trail, hike trail to hives.
Sap house hive – located at the main Nature Center, backside of the Sap and Honey House.
Inside Hives – located inside the Nature Center.
Upcoming inspections dates:
8/11/21 Wednesday noon meet Nature Center (Rain Date 8/12)
8/15/21 Sunday 10 am meet Sap House Hive (Rain Date 8/16)
8/26/21 Thursday noon meet Trail Hives (Rain Date 8/27)
Outreach programs: We will go to various eventd to promote beekeeping, talk about bees, educate the public,
9/3/21 5-8 pm ‘Oh Honey’ First Friday Downtown Bloomington, Various apiaries partner with business to sample and sell local honey. The Bee movie will be shown.
9/4/21 10-2 pm Pollination and Hummingbird Festival, Sugar Grove nature Center, Honey house.
9/11/21 10-2 pm Autumnal Festival, ISU Horticultural Center.
9/18/21 10-3 pm Nature Trail Days, Sugar Grove Nature Center, Honey House.