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 a 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 3rd 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 and 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 3rd 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, Florida Master Gardeners and Florida Master Naturalists. Discounts are also available for families (parents and dependent children), and kids under five 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. It will be nested within the SF Bee College, and is held all day Saturday. It is open to children ages six–14 as well as educators, teachers, and parents. To enroll, each particpant will need to register 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 two adult supervisors at all times. Jr. Bee College chaperones the children 8 am – 4 pm and even takes them to break time and and lunch.

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2014 Vendors and donors included:

South Florida Bee Supplies - Miami, Florida

D&J Apiary - Umatilla, Florida

Hives and More - Jacksonville, Florida

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

Vendor Applications available by clicking HERE

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Honey Show

Please join us in becoming an exhibitor at the 3rd 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.

2015 SFBC Honey Show Entry Form

Honey Show Entry Authenticity Form

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

**please note, if you are entering the honey show you must register 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 our staff today at

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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 four 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.”