The 2018 University of Florida Bee College will feature a variety of educational seminars for bee enthusiasts of any experience level. / Photo courtesy UF/IFAS

The 2018 University of Florida Bee College, originally set for Oct. 12-13, has been extended to Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 15-16. This event is hosted by, and held at, the UF’s Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab, 1881 Natural Area Drive on the Gainesville campus.

This second session — Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 15-16 — of Bee College will repeat many classes from the Friday/Saturday event, including a class track for beginner beekeepers, as well as courses on practical beekeeping skills, native bees, and industry research updates. Enrollment is limited to 200.


Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and on Monday and Tuesday. Ticket prices range from $100 (one day) to $160 (both days). For the complete schedule, to register and for more information, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/extended-days-2018-ufifas-bee-college-tickets-50459524797.

If you are already registered for the Friday-Saturday Bee College session and would like to transfer your registration to the Monday-Tuesday session, email the Honey Bee Lab at [email protected]

This will mark the first time that the Bee College will be held at UF’s brand-new Honey Bee Lab facilities. This event offers training for beekeepers of all experience levels, as well as for gardeners, naturalists, county agents — and, in fact, anyone interested in bees.

Seminars will include practical beekeeping skills, honey bee behavior, specialty hive products, native bees, and honey bee research updates. Among the classes are Small-Scale Honey Extraction, Honey Sales Under the Cottage Food Law, and Beekeeping Equipment and How to Use It.

Beginner classes will be offered both days, while advanced classes are appropriate for backyard and sideline beekeepers.

Bee veils and other protective equipment will be provided for all in-hive courses; or bring your own.

Registration will be from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. both days. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m.

View and download the tentative Bee College schedule at https://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/media/entnemdeptifasufledu/honeybee/pdfs/BC18_TentativeSchedule.pdf.

What’s included with Bee College registration?
Admission to all classes (one- and two-day tickets available);
Course materials (digital copies will be provided at least a week before the event);
Goodie bag;
Snacks and refreshments at breaks;
A raffle ticket for door prizes.

Discounts available
Discounted tickets (10 percent off) are available for two-day tickets to active-duty military members; retired veterans; Florida State Beekeepers Association members; active members of the Master Beekeeper, Master Gardener and/or Master Naturalist programs; UF/IFAS county extension faculty members; and anyone 17 years and under.

Bee College Honey Show
All Bee College participants are encouraged to participate in the 2018 Bee College Honey Show. There is no entry fee. Have your honey, candles, mead, bee-themed art, and more critiqued by certified judges. (Rules and submission forms will be posted soon.)

Other activities
Friday evening, after Bee College classes, join the Florida State Beekeepers Association and fellow beekeepers for a banquet and a keynote presentation at the Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center in Gainesville. Tickets ($45-$75) and more information are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-fsba-annual-conference-tickets-48797915880.

Vendors
If you are interested in becoming a Bee College vendor, read the vendor guide and fill out an application.

For complete information about the Bee College, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-university-of-florida-bee-college-tickets-48245326069.