14th Annual Bee Forum: The Why of Beekeeping
May 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Join us for our 14th Annual Bee Forum: The Why of Beekeeping – why bees and beekeepers do what they do!
Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance hosts an annual Bee Forum to join local beekeepers and beekeeping experts to discuss relevant topics in the world of beekeeping, in addition to building community with Chicagoland beekeepers. GPCA is excited to have Randy Oliver back to discuss why bees do what they do. If you’re a beekeeper then you know how incredible beekeeping can be, but you also know how incredibly frustrating keeping bees can be. Randy’s goal during the presentation will be to help beekeepers understand why bees behave the way they do and apply that to their daily beekeeping.
To help build community and keep the conversation going, we have a shared potluck lunch.
Randy Oliver owns and operates a small commercial beekeeping enterprise in the foothills of Grass Valley in Northern California. He and his two sons manage about 1500 colonies for migratory pollination and produce queens, nucs, and honey. He has over 50 years of practical beekeeping experience, plus holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biological Sciences. Randy researches, analyzes, and digests beekeeping information from all over the world in order to not only broaden his own depth of understanding and knowledge, but to develop practical solutions to many of today’s beekeeping problems, which he then shares with other beekeepers through his various articles in bee magazines, his speaking engagements worldwide, and on his website: www.ScientificBeekeeping.com
9:00 am – 9:45am: Registration and check-in
9:45 am – 9:55 am: Welcome & opening remarks
9:55 am – 12:00 pm: Morning presentation – ”The Why of Beekeeping”
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Community Potluck Lunch – bring a dish to share
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Afternoon presentation – “The Why of Beekeeping”
3:00 pm – 3:10 pm: Break
3:10 pm – 4:00 pm: Panel discussion, Q&A, and closing
Scholarships are available! Please fill out this Scholarship Application (link opens in a new tab) or contact Mattie Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Sunday, April 30th at 5:00pm CST.
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Registration ends May 19th at 5:00pm CST.
For all fee-based programs and tours, we are able to provide full refunds up to two weeks prior to the program date. Within two weeks, we can offer a credit for a future class, or a refund in the event that we have a waitlist for the program and we can fill your spot.