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Please join us for the 7th Annual University of Florida Bee College; Florida's largest educational beekeeping event. Registration will occur solely online and sales will end Tuesday Morning March 4th. Each registration includes a welcome packet/goodie bag, a full printed program including all lecture materials, morning and afternoon snacks and refreshments, lunch, banquet dinner, ice cream social and a raffle ticket where you have a chance to win great beekeeping related prizes.

2014 University of Florida Bee College

University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab

Friday, March 7, 2014 at 8:00 AM - Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EST)

2014 University of Florida Bee College

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Adult - I day
Be sure to indicate WHICH day you are coming. Friday OR Saturday.
Ended $125.00 $7.87
Adult - 2 day Ended $185.00 $11.17
Discount - 1 day
Discounts apply to children under 18, College Students, County Agents, UF Master Beekeepers, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, Caribbean Residents, and DPI Employees.
Ended $100.00 $6.49
Discount - 2 day
Discounts apply to children under 18, College Students, County Agents, UF Master Beekeepers, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, Caribbean Residents, and DPI Employees.
Ended $150.00 $9.24
Family Pass - 1 day
Family passes are intended for families with TWO parents and up to THREE dependent children. Special exceptions apply, email jklopchin@ufl.edu for special requests.
Ended $250.00 $14.74
Family pass - 2 day
Family passes are intended for families with TWO parents and up to THREE dependent children. Special exceptions apply, email jklopchin@ufl.edu for special requests.
Ended $375.00 $21.20
Children under 5
Children under 5 are free with the accompaniment of an adult paid ticket.
Ended Free $0.00
Extra banquet ticket for guests
We encourage you to bring friends or family to the Banquet. This ticket also includes participation in the Awards Ceremony and Ice Cream Social. Bring your loved ones to see your advancement in the MBP or see your honey/hive products win a ribbon.
Ended $15.00 $1.82
Welsh Honey Judge Training- Beginner
If you are brand new to Bee College or to our Welsh Honey Judge Program, then this class is for you. Learn the world-class methods of judging a honey show. You will learn how to taste, identify, rank and judge all types of honey and bee products. This is step one of a three-step (year) program. This ticket is available with a paid registration for the listed additional fee.
Ended $40.00 $3.19
Honey Judge Training - Refined Techniques
This course will prepare you to judge the new show schedule.This course if for those who have already been dubbed judges, or for those who have already taken Welsh Training at a previous Bee College. This ticket is available with a paid registration for the listed additional fee.
Ended $40.00 $3.19
JR. Bee College sign-up- child MUST purchase discount ticket to sign up.
This ticket is available ONLY with a paid registration only. Children should register either as a part of a 'family pass' or individually as a 'discount ticket'. JR. Bee College is intended for those ages 6-16, as well as parents, teachers and other educators. Jr. Bee College runs all day Saturday only. This youth-orientated program is led by Dr. Rebecca Baldwin of Youth Outreach at UF Entomology and Extension Agent Sherri Kraeft.
Ended Free $0.00

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About the UF Bee College

The most extensive educational honey bee event in the state of Florida is back for its seventh year! Everyone is welcome to attend Bee College: beekeepers, naturalists, farmers, gardeners, county agents, and anyone interested in honey bees! This two-day event offers lectures in the morning and hands-on workshops in the afternoon. We have live honey bee colonies on site for open hive demonstrations and protective gear for everyone. This event won’t leave you hungry either, we serve morning and afternoon snacks, lunch both days, a full banquet dinner on Friday evening and an ice cream social following the Awards Ceremony. At the Awards Ceremony we announce students who have entered or advanced in the Master Beekeeper Program, Welsh Honey Judges, and the place winners and Best of Show in the UF Bee College Honey Show, as well as give out door prizes. Bee College is simply the best time you could have learning about honey bees!

The FULL 2014 Bee College Schedule is up on the webpage. Please click the full-color flyer. 

During Bee College there are 7-8 different classes that run over 6 periods during the day. This totals to over 50 courses that you could take over the college.

Beginner topics: There is a beginner track, listed in gold on the schedule. It is repeated both days, so that if you come only Friday or only Saturday you can attend these crucial courses. If you attend the whole event, then it gives you the opportunity to fulfill the beginner track over two days and still attend other interesting classes that may coincide with the track.

Advanced Topics: These topics will satisfy repeat Bee College attendees and those with more beekeeping experience. We have courses that cover bee breeding, crop pollination, advanced bee pathogens, varroa control, pesticide/pollinator interactions, and more.

Hands-on: We host a number of courses in a workshop-like setting where you gain experience building equipment, extracting honey, making splits, and marking queens. We have 10 colonies on site for open hive demonstrations all day long. Suits, smokers, and tools, are available to use.

Hobbyists and Craft-lovers: We have fun DIY classes like wax rendering, candle making, honey exhibitions, lip blam and salve making.

Something for Everyone: We try to create the classes so that they are directed toward either beginners or advanced beekeepers but can accommodate anyone interested in the subject. We also have timely keynote addresses given by some of the world's leaders in honey bee research, advocacy and literature.

Jr. Bee College: On Saturday we host Jr. Bee College for kids 6-16 that runs all day with fun classroom activities and a chance to look into a hive up-close. We have special guests and tons of activites to keep the kids busy while you enjoy more advanced topics. Parents and teachers welcome. There is no additional fee for Jr. Bee College. 

Please visit www.UFhoneybee.com for more detailed information. 

Have questions about 2014 University of Florida Bee College? Contact University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab

When & Where


Whitney Marine Laboratory for Bioscience
9505 N Oceanshore Blvd
Marineland, FL 32137

Friday, March 7, 2014 at 8:00 AM - Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EST)


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