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Specialized Apprenticeships

These are hands-on “experiential” learning opportunities for individuals who have taken workshops or an orientation related to the content area and are seeking a more skill-based volunteer experience.Through consistent, hands-on experience, you will deepen your knowledge in a specific content area. We ask that you commit to the full series.

If you have not taken a related UGC workshop or orientation but are interested in a volunteer apprenticeship, please reach out to to coordinate a time to onboard.

Beekeeping Apprenticeship

Learn alongside experienced beekeeper, Beatrice Kamau! After a brief review of bee biology and behavior, you’ll spend the bulk of your time in the hive inspecting bee brood, honey flow, bee “work,” and hive pests and diseases. You’ll help prepare the hives for summer honey production and maintain the pollinator garden on site. Participants should wear light colored pants, a long-sleeved shirt, socks, and closed-toed shoes. While protective gear will be provided while working on the hives, we encourage apprentices to invest in their own protective gear.

All hive checks will take place at our Altgeld Garden Pollinator Farm & Apiary, located at 1130 E 132nd Street, Chicago, IL 60827. Workdays will be cancelled or rescheduled in case of rain.


June 26th 2 PM-3PM: Hive Check


July 10th 2 PM-3 PM: Hive Check
July 24th – backup for inclement weather 


August 7th 2 PM-3PM – Hive Check
August 21st – backup for inclement weather 


September 4th 2 PM-3PM – Hive Check
September 18th – backup for inclement weather 

October & November

TBD – Honey Processing


Reach out at or (773) 376-8882.