Spring Bee College 2023 (March 17 & 18, 2023)

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Spring Bee College 2023 (March 17 & 18, 2023)

Spring Bee College 2023 (March 17 & 18, 2023)

When and where

Date and time

Location

UF/IFAS Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab 1881 Natural Area Drive Gainesville, FL 32611

Map and directions

How to get there

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 30 days before event
Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

About this event

  • 1 day 8 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Join the UF/IFAS Honey Bee Lab at the 2023 University of Florida Spring Bee College for one or two days of all things honey bees. Those new to beekeeping can follow the beginner track, while more experienced beekeepers can participate in hands-on training in the apiary, classes on honey bee research, and other advanced topics in beekeeping. Those interested in Honey Judge Training, please scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Discounted Rates

Early Bird Discounted tickets are available now through January 10, 2023.

Additionally, a discount (10% off) is available for 1- & 2-day tickets to active duty military members, Retired Veterans, Florida State Beekeepers Association members, active members of the UF/IFAS Master Beekeeper, Master Gardener, Master Naturalist Programs, 4-H Members, UF/IFAS county extension faculty, and anyone under 18 years of age. Contact honeybee@ifas.ufl.edu for the promo code to use at checkout.

Late registrations begin February 26, 2023, and will incur additional fees. Late registrations cannot be discounted.

Bee Clubs/Associations can purchase a 2-day ticket at a discounted rate ($160) to raffle off to your club's members. Only one discounted ticket is allowed per club. Follow the steps below:

  1. As a club, purchase the $160 bee club ticket. When completing this registration, enter your bee club’s name, not the purchaser’s name.
  2. Hold your raffle and e-mail the honey bee lab honeybee@ifas.ufl.edu with the winner's name and e-mail address.
  3. The winner will receive instructions on how to register for their free ticket.

Vendors

Bee-related vendors may be onsite at Bee College throughout the event. If you are interested in becoming a Bee College vendor, please contact us at honeybee@ifas.ufl.edu!

Lodging

There are multiple options for hotels near the UF/IFAS Honey Bee Lab, including many near the intersection of I-75 and Archer Road, which is less than 10 minutes from the lab. We also recommend that you look at hotels in Ocala, Alachua, and High Springs.

Schedule

Past Bee College Schedules

Bee College Honey Show

All Bee College participants are encouraged to participate in the 2023 Bee College Honey Show. Entry is free! This is an opportunity to have your honey, candles, mead, bee-themed art, and more critiqued by certified judges. This is a great way to learn how to improve the hive products that you produce! To view our video on preparing entries visit: https://youtu.be/R4bjEt4mrzI

Honey Judge Training

UF/IFAS Honey Judge* Training and Honey Show, will be offered/held during the Spring 2023 Bee College March 17th and 18th.

This training will be lead by Welsh Senior Honey Judge, Michael Young. This event can serve as your first entrance into the UF/IFAS Honey Judge Program or as a continuation of your training in the program. All new or current Candidates and Judges are strongly encouraged to attend this training, and enter the Honey Show.

If you are new to the program, you are in for a treat! You will learn the skill and technique required to prepare your entries for a Honey Show, as well as how they are Judged. The outline for the program is below. You can use this information and training as a focus in the UF/IFAS Master Beekeeper Program, and winning awards for your Honey and other Products from the Hive are a source of pride and accomplishment that will increase the recognition and value among friends, peers, colleagues and customers. 

Anyone is welcome to participate in both the Introductory and Advanced Honey Judge training.

Advanced Training: Saturday’s training will focus on Wax, Mead, and Creamed and Comb Honey entries. Bring questions about the show classes you need to work on most. Let’s work together to see you enter across the show bench and enter shows with a high volume of entries, where your entry will have to be flawless to make it.  Bring your portfolio if you would like to go over anything as you are participating in shows, as staff, or an entrant, and acquiring points to test to become a Certified or Senior Judge. 

Don't forget to enter your honey, hive products, and art into the Bee College Honey Show!

Friday, March 17: Introductory Honey Judge Training

Saturday, March 18: Advanced Honey Judge Training

*For information about Honey Judge Training, please contact Ms. Glinda Burnett at gburnett@ufl.edu

Bee College Social

The social will be held on Friday, March 17, 2023 at 6 PM. To sign up for the social, you must purchase an add-on at check out, options will be shown under ticket information when purchasing. E-mail honeybee@ifas.ufl.edu for more information on how to sign up.

Mingle with Bee College guest speakers and enjoy dinner with other bee college attendees. During the event, a keynote will be presented, and there will be an award ceremony for the Honey Show. Participants will also have the chance to win door prize items!

Please choose a dinner ticket option based on your preference - we will be serving both meat-based and vegetarian meals.

Honey Show

All Bee College participants are encouraged to participate in the 2023 Spring Bee College Honey Show. This is an opportunity to have your honey, candles, mead, bee-themed art, and more critiqued by certified judges. This is a great way to learn how to improve the hive products that you produce! Rules and other details can be found HERE. The show will be on Friday, March 17, 2023, with awards given during the social event on Friday evening. Perpetual ribbons will be given for show winners and 1st place entries in certain categories. If you or your organization are interested in sponsoring this social, contact us at honeybee@ifas.ufl.edu !

Refunds

Refund requests will be honored in full if submitted prior to Sunday, February 05, 2023. No refunds will be granted on or after February 25, 2023.

Participants cancelling/withdrawing within 40 days prior to the start of the program are liable for fees in accordance with the following schedule (We count the day UF HBREL receives the written e-mail notification as the date of cancellation/withdrawal):

31-40 days prior to the program's start date: 50% of program fee (Feb 05, 2023)

21-30 days prior to the program's start date: 75% of program fee (Feb 15, 2023)

0-20 days prior to the program's start date: 100% of program fee (Feb 25, 2023)

The University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory (UF HBREL) will not refund airfare or other costs (including lodging reservations) incurred as a result of cancellations/withdrawals. Participants should keep this in mind if purchasing non-refundable tickets and should consider purchasing cancellation insurance to reduce risk.

The University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory reserves the right to cancel a program. Under such circumstances, program fees are refunded based on aforementioned refund policy. UF HBREL reserves the right to make changes, modifications or substitutions to any of our programs.

Misc.

  • Registration will be 8am on both days. Doors to the building will not be open prior to 8am.
  • Bee veils and other protective equipment will be provided for all in-hive courses, however, you are encouraged to bring personal veils, suits, etc.
  • Light refreshments will be available for attendees at registration, as well as drink refreshments throughout both days.
  • Parking information and content available for the workshop will be e-mailed to participants closer to the workshop days.

E-mail honeybee@ifas.ufl.edu for any comments/questions.