South Florida Bee College


South Florida Bee College was a huge success. We had 150 participants from 4 states not including Barbados and Jamaica. The evaluations are still being tallied but so far 100% 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 and a hive demo by Keith Councell.


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

Date and Location


Registraion for the 2014 South Florida Bee College will open May 2014.

ALL ATTENDEES MUST REGISTER ONLINE for admission to the event. Payment will be accepted through credit card online and mail-in by check. SFBee College will host registration through Eventbrite. Walk up regsitrations are discouraged and will incur an additional $20 fee.

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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, honey marketing 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.

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Special Guests

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.”

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Accommodations are the individual responsibility of each guest. Accommodations in Davie, Plantation, Ft. Lauderdale, or even near the beachare acceptable locations.

Block of rooms will be available at the Holiday Inn Express:
2450 SW 64th Ave.
Davie, FL 33317

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SFBC will host several top of the line vendors who sell beekeeping equipment, supplies, accessories, books and more. Please see the links below for our registered vendors:

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 will be accepted in beginning in May.

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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! See the Schedule and rules for details!

The SFBC Honey Show exhibits classes for entry, entry form, and schedule will be posted in June 2014.

**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.

We are utilizing local farmers and vendors to supply us with or food. Morning and afternoon  snacks provided by Sunshine Bakery, and Seriously Local produce   Lunch is being provided by Rinconcito Boliviano and Friday night we will have a BBQ cookout serving up fresh chicken, ribs, veggies skewers, potatoe salad, garden salad, corn on the cob and honey glazed carrots and a honey bun with sweet tea provided again by Seriously Local.


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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