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Please join us for the 6th Annual University of Florida Bee College; Florida's largest beekeeping educational event. Registration will occur solely online and sales will end Monday Morning March 4th. We will not accept walk-up registrations this year. 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.

University of Florida Bee College

University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab

Friday, March 8, 2013 at 7:00 AM - Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 5:00 PM (EST)

Marineland, FL

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
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
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
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
Honey Judge Training- Beginner
To achieve the rank of "Honey Judge Steward" 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 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 $60.00 $4.29
Honey Judge Training - Advanced
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 $35.00 $2.92
Live Honey Bee Removal Training
This 3 hour workshop course is eligible for up to 3 CEU credits. The course will be taught by Dr. Bill Kern (UF Entomology). Each participant will receive documentation of training. We welcome PCO’s, beekeepers - both experienced and novice to join this discussion/workshop on how to safely remove a live honey bee colony from a structure, and how to ensure its survival. Discussions will also include following Florida’s BMP’s for maintaining EHB’s as well as new and different techniques for removal and success stories. Participants are encouraged to bring photos and to bring an example of their favorite comb mounting frames to show.
Ended $35.00 $2.92
Nosema Dissection Class sign-up
Due to limited seating and equipment we are only able to accommodate a limited number of people. We will be using compound microscopes, and you are asked to bring a jar of bees in alcohol for dissection. Experienced beekeepers preferred. This ticket is available with a paid registration only.
Ended Free $0.00
JR. Bee College sign-up
JR. Bee College is intended for those ages 6-16, as well as parents, teachers and other educators. This youth-orientated program is led by David and Ursula Westervelt and special guest Dr. Rebecca Baldwin of Youth Outreach at UF Entomology. This ticket is available with a paid registration only, children should register either as a part of a 'family pass' or individually as a 'discount ticket'.
Ended Free $0.00
Queen Grafting sign-up
Due to limited seating and equipment we are only able to accommodate a limited number of people. We will be using live frames, and will have limited quantity. Experienced beekeepers preferred. Hands-on grafting practice for those interested in backyard Queen Rearing. This ticket is available with a paid registration only.
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 sixth 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 the best time you could have learning about honey bees!

Schedule

Beginner topics: There is a beginner track, listed in orange 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: We host a number of courses in a workshop-like setting where you gain experience using microscopes, building equipment, bee identification and more.

Hobbyists and Craft-lovers: We have fun DIY classes like honey exhibitions, wax painting, honey marketing and much more.

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.

 

Children and Teachers: On Saturday we host a Jr. Bee College for kids six–16 for no additional charge. Kids get an all-day honey bee educational experience led by David and Ursula Westervelt (what a great way for you to enjoy your classes!)

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL SCHEDULE AND SPEAKER LINEUP.

Special Guests

Special Guest Speaker line-up this year includes:

Dr. Wyatt Mangum - a life-long beekeeper and scientist. Dr. Mangum writes a monthly column for the American Bee Journal, and has traveled the world speaking on a variety of beekeeping topics. Dr. Mangum is world-renowned for his work on top-bar hives. Read more about Dr. Wyatt Mangum here ...

Randy Oliver - a life-long beekeeper who practices commercial beekeeping in California, where he runs about 500 colonies in an interstate migratory operation. Mr. Oliver also researches worldwide scientific literature and beekeeping practices applying his knowledge to practical beekeeping and relays them to the public via journal articles, popular articles and through his imensly popular website, www.scientificbeekeeping.com.

Michael Young, MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) - returning to Bee College by popular demand. Michael Young is a world-renowned Welsh Honey Judge, beekeeping historian, beekeeping activist and gourmet cook. Mr. Young was recognized for his outstanding service to the Arts and Sciences, Public Services outside the Civil Service and work with Charitable and Welfare organizations of all Kinds. Michael Young is from  Hillsborough, County Down, Northern Ireland, and is richly deserving of this prestige for his unfailing support for beekeeping, his honey judging skills and his promotion of use if honey in his specialty as culinary arts chef. Michael is also the chairman of the Institute of Northern Ireland Beekeepers.

Dr.s Niko and Gudrun Koeniger met 1962 at University of Freiburg, Germany, where both started their studies in biology. In 1968, they both got their PhD with research on physiology and behaviour in reproductive biology of honey bees. Their 50 year intensive cooperation in research and an exploration has led them to many parts of Europe and Asia studying the honey bee. They were involved in discovering 3 species of honey bee since the 1980’s. In 1980 Niko became professor at University in Guelph in Canada and shortly after accepted the position as head of the Bee Research Institute in Oberursel, Germany. Gudrun also worked for more than 15 years in the editorial board of the scientific bee journal Apidologie. They have recently published a book “ Honey Bees of Borneo: exploring the centre of Apis diversity” describing 5 indigenous Apis species today the Koenigers study the varroa mite, in a program called “Varroa Gate”.

More information can be found on www.ufhoneybee.com. Information is posted weekly.

Have questions about 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 8, 2013 at 7:00 AM - Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 5:00 PM (EST)


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