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2015 South Florida Bee College
Friday and Saturday, August 14 – 15, 2015
UF Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center
3205 College Ave., Davie, FL 33314
ALL ATTENDEES MUST REGISTER ONLINE for admission to the event. Payment will be accepted through credit card online and mail-in by check. Bee College will host registration through Eventbrite. Walk-up registrations are discouraged and will incur an additional $20 fee.
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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
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
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 5 are free. Please see registration page on eventbrite.com for prices. Meals are included in the price.
We welcome local bee associations to purchase ONE 2-day ticket at a discounted price of $150, then raffle it off at your discretion. For example, if you purchase the dicount ticket and raffle it off for $10 a ticket, you could fundraise for your club with just 15 people! Please email email@example.com for more details. What a great way to encourage enrollment in your club, with a chance to win a ticket to Florida's largest educational beekeeping event! Start your raffle early!!!
2015 Keynote Speakers: Jerry Hayes & Hachiro Shimanuki
Jerry Hayes is the Honey Bee Health Lead Expert at Monsanto, previously Apiary Inspection Assistant Chief for the state of Florida’s Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Bureau of Plant & Apiary Inspection.
From the DoACS website: Apiary Inspection plays a vital role in Florida Agriculture as inspectors work to prevent the introduction and establishment of honey bee pests and diseases. A healthy and secure Florida honey bee industry is valuable to all.
Dr. Hachiro Shimanuki
Dr. Hachiro Shimanuki received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii and continued his education at Iowa State University where he obtained is Ph.D. He was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and assigned first to Laramie, WY and then was transferred in 1966 to Beltsville, MD. In Beltsville he served as the Laboratory Chief of the Bee Laboratory until his retirement in the year 2000. He authored and co-authored over 150 scientific papers and book chapters. His most recent accomplishment after retirement was co-editing the last edition of “ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture.”
Some of our past Keynote Lecturers: Dr. Wyatt Mangum — author, top-bar hive expert, bee scientist. Randy Oliver — author, commerical beekeeper, host: scientificbeekeeping.com. Michael Young, MBE — chef, artist, Welsh Honey Judge, Chairman — Northern Ireland Institute of Beekeepers. Dr. Larry Conner — beekeeper, queen rearing expert, author, owner of Wicwas Press. Drs. Niko and Gudrun Koeniger — veteran honey bee researchers, authors, discovered a new bee species, Apis cerana nuluensis. Dr. Tammy Horn — author, beekeeper, activist. Dr. Vaughn Bryant — pollen identification expert. Dr. Keith Delaplane — crop pollination expert, extension specialist at the University of Georgia. Dr. David Dejong — African bee and stingless bee specialist at the University of San Paolo, Brazil. Dr. Dewey Caron — Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware, Affiliate Professor, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University, and VP of the Oregon State Beekeepers. Dr. Jim Frazier — Professor of Entomology at The Pennsylvania State University, and Maryann Tomasko Frazier — Senior Extension Associate in the Department of Entomology at Penn State. Dr. Thomas D. Seeley, a professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University, and Dr. Deborah Delaney, an assistant professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware.
NEW! Tentative Schedule is available. Click HERE!
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 fulfil 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.
Last year's 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
NEW! 2015 Vendor Applications are now available by clicking HERE
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."
More information can be found HERE!
Forms for participation are below:
**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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 SFBC - SUCCESS!
South Florida Bee College was a huge success: We scored 4.9/5 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 responding participants said they would come back next year, and that they believed what they learned at the SF Bee College will make them a better beekeeper. The weather held up the whole weekend and live bee work was enjoyed by all. Our classes were enjoyed, knowldge was gained, ideas shared, the food lines weren't too long, there was always fresh coffee and cold water, and most of all nearly 99% of our attendees reported having a GREAT TIME!
Honey cap removal (above) and a live bee removal demo (below).
2014 Keynote Speakers included: Dr. Juliana Rangel-Posada, an Assistant Professor of Apiculture Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University, and Simon Croson, a twice-decorated gold medal winner for photography at Apimondia (UK), and multiple honey product award winner, nationally.
- HBREL - General information
- Glinda Burnett - Registration, refunds, payments
- Ft. Lauderdale Tourism
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- Registration page
- SFBC Honey Show Information
- Jr. Bee College
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