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 is set for Oct. 12-13. 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.

Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Ticket prices range from $100 (one day) to $160 (both days). Refund requests will be honored in full if submitted on or before Sept. 11.


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.