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We are Three Rivers Beekeepers

We are a fast-growing beekeeping club located in St. Peters, Missouri. Three Rivers Beekeepers’ mission is to provide fresh, creative and inspiring educational programs with a refreshing atmosphere of friendship and camaraderie. We inform our local communities about honey bee and beekeeping-related issues while providing a source of information about our industry and hobby.

We serve beekeepers from the eastern Missouri counties of St. Charles, St. Louis, Jefferson, Lincoln, Franklin, Warren, Montgomery, and Pike, in addition to many western Illinois counties around the St. Louis region.

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Why are we called Three Rivers Beekeepers?

Our club headquarters is located only a few miles from three of the most important agricultural rivers in North America. The Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois Rivers flow nearby. As a result, our fertile soil supports a rich array of crops. Since honey bees are vital to our farms, without honey bee pollination, agriculture here would fail. To this end, Three Rivers Beekeepers is committed to conservation and a healthy honey bee population!

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The Benefits of Local Honey

Local Honey for saleBuying local honey promotes the health of our ecosystem in a major way! Bees pollinate local plant life, which in turn becomes a vital link in crop production.  Also, honey is used for cooking and is known for many health benefits. Beekeepers work diligently to ensure the health of our local bees, and you can support them by buying local, delicious honey.

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Community Outreach and Education

bee in comb iconThree Rivers Beekeepers reaches out to the local community. To this end, we educate school classes, garden clubs, scouts, and other community organizations about bees and beekeeping. If your organization would like to learn about bees or beekeeping, contact us and we’ll be happy to arrange a visit from one of our education outreach volunteers.

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Check Out Our Latest Club Articles & Upcoming Events

Honey Extraction for New Beekeepers

This document was written for new beekeepers with ten or fewer hives. Many years ago, small beekeepers would cut the comb from the frames and would crush the comb by squeezing it.  This method of extraction required the bees to [...]

SWARM OR WILD HIVE?

The goal of a honey bee colony is simple - continue the species.  In early spring, when weather is mild and food is abundant, the queen starts laying eggs at an amazing rate – over 1,500 per day.  She keeps [...]

Asian Giant Hornet Update

Based on the increased media attention to the “murder hornets” from the New York Times article on May 2, 2020 the TRB board thought it would be appropriate to share some additional information. Here are some resources to get some [...]

A BEEKEEPER’S WISH

One-third of our food is the result of pollination.  Our native bees do their part - like the Mason bee (they love apple blossoms and blueberries) or the bumble bee (large enough to work a tomato or squash blossom by [...]

Take Varroa Seriously with this Resource

Mite-A-Thon Monday: Resources for Beekeepers   The 2020 North American Mite-A-Thon will run on May 2nd-17th, and August 15th-30th. The Mite-A-Thon is a tri-national effort to raise awareness about honey bee colony Varroa infestations in North America through the teaching of effective hive monitoring [...]

Upcoming Events

July Club Meeting by Webinar

July 20 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Members and Friends, please join us again in July for a special Membership Meeting by Webinar.  The meeting details will be will be announced in July.  Please check back later