South Florida Bee College

This two-day event will have lectures in the morning and hands-on workshops in the afternoon. Live bee colonies and a Welsh Honey Show will be on display.

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Date and Location

Next South Florida Bee College date TBA

UF Fort 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.


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 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 program 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. 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

Admission and Scholarships

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 for prices. Meals are included in the price.

Bee Club Discount

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 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!!!

Special Guests

2016 Keynote Speakers: Dr. Larry Connor & Dr. Justin Schmidt


Jr. Bee College

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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The 2016 Vendor Application is now available: Vendor Application

Past Vendors and donors have included:

D&J Apiary - Umatilla, Florida

Dadant & Sons – High Springs, FL

Florida Backyard Beekeepers' Association – Palm Beach County, FL

Hives and More - Jacksonville, Florida

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

South Florida Bee Supplies - Miami, Florida

Tri-Bee – Melrose, FL

Ursela's Copperembossing – Umatilla, FL

Wicwas Press – Kalamazoo, MI

Willie The Bee Man – Miami, FL

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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."

More information can be found HERE!

Forms for participation will be available in May 2016.

**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 4.9/5 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.





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