The Crossroads Beekeepers will hold their sixth annual Bee School on Saturday, Feb. 3.

The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be held at the Stewardson Community Building, located at 105 South Pine in Stewardson.

This year’s Bee School is for anyone interested in beekeeping and will focus on basic skills and information needed for the beginning beekeeper.

Class topics include – Understanding the Honey Bee, taught by Larry Quicksall; Hive Components and Equipment, taught by Jim Livingston; Getting and Feeding Your First Bees, taught by Michelle Barnick; and Your First Year of Beekeeping, by Dave Challans.

In addition to the speakers, there will be educational displays created by club members and live demonstrations on lighting a smoker, bee vacuums and how to extract honey from frames.

Venders will also be on site to offer equipment needed to start beekeeping this Spring.

Doors will open for check-in at 8 a.m. The first session will start at 9 a.m. and the Bee School will conclude at 4 p.m.

The cost to attend this all-day program is $30 and includes the classes, presentation handouts, sample copies of beekeeping journals, refreshments and a catered lunch.

Those registered for the Beginning Beekeeping Workshop will also receive the book “First Lessons in Beekeeping.”

The registration deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 24.

For more information and to download a registration form for the Bee School, visit the club’s website at

Crossroads Beekeepers is a local beekeeping club based in Effingham that has been serving area beekeepers since 2010.  Club meetings are on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the basement of the University of Illinois Extension Center in Effingham.

For more information regarding registration for the Bee School, please contact Dawn Quicksall at 217-342-4233.