South Florida Bee College


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Note about registrations:

We prefer that you register and pay online, but you can also register and bring a check to the event (after choosing your ticket options, click show other payment options, NOT register). This way, we have your info and headcount, but you can pay at the door.


Accommodations are the individual responsibility of each guest. Accommodations in Davie, Plantation, Ft. Lauderdale, or even near the beach are acceptable locations.
2450 SW 64th Ave.
Davie, FL 33317


The most extensive educational honey bee event in the state of Florida has expanded to South Florida! Members of the University of Florida’s Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory are pleased to announce the 2nd annual South Florida Bee College. SFBC will be held at UF’s Fort Lauderdale Research and Extension Center (FLREC) in Davie, Florida.
The two-day event offers classes for beekeepers of all ages and experience levels, gardeners, naturalists, county agents, and anyone else interested in honey bees. You do not have to keep bees to attend; the only prerequisite is your interest in the subject! Even if you have attended the UF Bee College before, we are sure that you will find that the SFBC will be just as fulfilling. The course lineup has topics to suit your practical needs as well as satisfy your growing curiosity on a diversity of honey bee related subjects. We have a suggested beginner track lineup (in orange on the schedule) for novices, though students at the SFBC may attend any course regardless of expertise..
Included in the registration fee on both days are snacks, catered lunches, a catered banquet dinner on Friday evening, a full prgram adn goody bag. During the awards ceremony, we announce the place winners and best of show in the South Florida Bee College Honey Show, as well as raffle off door prizes. Our team of experts and dedicated staff are excited to host the 2nd annual South Florida Bee College. We look forward to seeing you there!

—The Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab
at the University of Florida


Discounts are available for youth (<18), college students (with ID), county agents, Master Beekeeper Program Students, Fl. Master Gardeners and Fl. Master Naturalists. Discounts are also available for families (parents and dependent children) and kids under 5 are free. Please see registration page (on for prices).discount price now applicable for Caribbean citizens. Meals are included in the price. NEW! discount price now applicable for DPI Employees.


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, diesease identification, honey bee anatomy and more.

Hobbyists and Craft-lovers: We have fun DIY classes like candle making, honey exhibitions, mead making and 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.

Jr. Bee College: Jr. Bee College is now being added to the SFBC line-up and will be nested within the SF Bee College and is held all day Saturday. It is open to children ages six -fourteen as well as educators, teachers, and parents. To enroll, each particpant will need to regsiter for SFBC, (for children, select the discount ticket or the family pass) and then check the ‘Jr. Bee College’ sign up on the registration page. Jr. Bee College is a full day of entomology and beekeeping curriculum. The kids will learn everything from basic entomology and bee biology to practical beekeeping through hands-on, fun, interactive, games and lesson plans. They will even get to suit up and see a real bee hive up-close at the end of the day. What a wonderful way to foster a lifetime of love for science and beekeeping. Please consider signing up your children or neighbors today! For parents who want to attend Bee College, this is a great way to bring your kids and teens, so that you both get to take the courses you like. There will be at least 2 adult supervisors at all times. Jr. Bee College chaperones the children (8am-4pm) and even takes them to break time and and lunch.

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Special Guests

2014 Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Julian Rangel : Born in Colombia, South America, Juliana moved with her family to the United States in 1998.  She graduated cum laude in 2004 from the program of Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution at the University of California, San Diego.  She obtained her Ph. D. in 2010 under Dr. Tom Seeley in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University, NY, where she explored the mechanisms of reproductive swarming in the honey bee Apis mellifera. In January 2010 she joined the laboratory of Dr. David R. Tarpy at North Carolina State University as coordinator of the “Born and Bred in North Carolina: Queen-Rearing and Bee-Breeding Program,” through which she co-trained over 1,000 beekeepers across several states in NE United States. In 2010, she was awarded one of 15 NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships in Biology, which she used to conduct experiments to uncover the mechanisms and causes of queen supersedure. In January 2013 she became Assistant Professor of Apiculture in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University (TX).  Her research program focuses on the biological and environmental factors that influence reproductive quality of honey bee queens and drones (especially those that elicit queen supersedure) and on studies of the health and behavioral ecology of feral honey bees. She is also an active member of the TX Beekeepers Association and has spoken to numerous associations in TX and the U.S. She teaches an undergraduate course Honey Bee Biology, and is developing a Honey Bee Management laboratory for spring 2015.

Simon Croson: UK beekeeper/photographer/traveler. Simon was attracted to beekeeping through his love of honey but more importantly, to begin with, through his love of photography, the world of the  honey bee provided an excellent new subject and has subsequently allowed Simon the opportunity to travel and share his combined passion.
After undertaking an introduction course in 2005 Simon has advanced through the British Bee-keepers Association (BBKA) modular examinations and is now also an assessor in some aspects of BBKA education. He aims to become a BBKA Master beekeeper after almost 10 years study. He teaches beekeeping subjects at various levels and is involved in events at all levels in the UK and further afield.  His passion for the show arena has seen him gather over 100 awards at honey shows in the UK and his 2 Gold Medals at Apimondia for photography have been the highlights to date. As a commercial beekeeper for only a short time his honey products have also been recognized in the culinary world at national level.
Simon gives much of his personal time to allow others to benefit through beekeeping by organizing training events locally for his association, at national level he organisers the lecture programme at the National Honey Show, London and he leads tours for BeesAbroad a charity that supports beekeeping projects in less fortunate countries. Simon enjoys travel, photography and new beekeeping initiatives.

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2014 Vendors adn donors included:

South Florida Bee Supplies - Miami, FL

D&J Apiary - Umatilla, Fl

Hives and More - Jacksonville, Fl

R & J Apiaries - selling almost 30 varieties of honey - Tallahassee, Fl

Vendor Applications available by clicking HERE

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Honey Show

Please join us in becoming an exhibitor at the 2nd Annual South Florida Bee College Honey Show! Enter your honey, art, carpentry, baked goods and more! Our show is judged by certified Welsh Honey Judges and winners can proudly claim 'best honey in south florida".

Please click the items below for more information.

2014 SFBC Honey Show Schedule

2014 SFBC Honey Show Entry Form

2014 SFBC Honey Show Exhibit Classes, Rules, Regulations, & Awards (& cake recipe)

**please note, if you are entering the honey show you must regsiter online AND then send in an entry form. Entry is free, with registration to the event.

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SFBC will serve morning coffee with registration, a mid-morning snack, catered lunch and an afternoon snack on both Friday and Saturday. Friday there will be a banquet cookout. All food is included in the price. Vegetarian options available at each meal/snack.


If you would like to support the SFBC by donating volunteer time, catering skills, or perhaps by sponsoring an individual in need to attend this educational event please contact Jeanette today

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South Florida Bee College was a huge success, we scored 4.8/5 in the overall quality of our program. We had 150 participants from 4 states, not including Barbados and Jamaica. The evaluations reflect that 100% of participants said they would come back next year. The weather held up the whole weekend and live bee work was enjoyed by all. All of our classes were nearly full, the food lines weren't too long, there was always fresh coffee and cold water, but most of all nearly 99% of our attendees reported having a GREAT TIME!

Dr. Ernesto Guzman delivering a keynote address (above) and a live bee removal demo (below) by Keith Councell.

2013 Keynote Speakers included: Dr. Ernesto Guzman, a Professor and Leader of the Honey Bee Research Centre in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph in Ontario Canada and Dr. Malcolm Sanford, a Professor Emeritus in the UF Entomology Department. He is the Executive Secretary of the Florida State Beekeepers Association and author of “Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees.”