University of Florida Bee College

Success!!

The 2014 Bee College was a huge sucess! Every year we collect evaluation data and we are happy to report that of 112 who returned evaluations:

  • 98% of those who were not beekeepers, said they would become beekeepers after attending Bee College
  • 95% said they would return to future Bee Colleges
  • Overall rating of Bee College Instructors 4.75/5
  • Overall rating of Bee College 4.83/5
    A sincere thank you to those that taught, worked tirelessly, and made it through another great Bee College. And thank you to all our particpants, who came, conquered and had some fun while learning about bees - we do it all for you (and the bees!) - the HBREL

About

Bee College the most extensive educational honey bee event in the state of Florida. Everyone is welcome to attend Bee College: beekeepers, naturalists, farmers, gardeners, county agents, and anyone interested in honey bees! This two-day event offers lectures in the morning and hands-on workshops in the afternoon. There are llive honey bee colonies on site for open hive demonstrations and protective gear for everyone. This event won’t leave you hungry either, we serve morning and afternoon snacks, lunch both days, a full banquet dinner on Friday evening and an ice cream social following the Awards Ceremony. At the Awards Ceremony we announce students who have entered or advanced in the Master Beekeeper Program, Welsh Honey Judges, and the place winners and Best of Show in the UF Bee College Honey Show, as well as give out door prizes. Bee College is simply the best time you could have learning about honey bees! We hope that you and your family decide to join us for this fun-filled weekend.

Date and Location

Registration

Registraion for the 2015 Bee College will open Decemebr 2014.

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 regsitrations are discouraged and will incur an additional $20 fee.

Admission and Scholarships

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 eventbrite.com for prices). NEW! discount price now applicable for Caribbean citizens and DPI employees. 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 in just 15 people! Please email jklopchin@ufl.edu 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

2015 Keynote Speakers: coming soon!

Past Guests:

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 Institure of Beekeepers. Dr. Larry Conner - beekeeper, queen rearing expert, author, owner of Wicwas Press. Dr.s 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 expect, extension specialist at the University of Georgia. Dr. David Dejong - African Bee adn stingless bee specialist at the University of San Paolo, Brazil.

2014 Guests

Dr. Dewey Caron -Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, Univ of Delaware, & Affiliate Professor, Dept Horticulture Oregon state University Dr Caron is the product of the Honey Bee program at Cornell University (PhD in Entomology with Dr Roger Morse). Professionally he spent 40+ years teaching, dong bee extension and bee research starting as instructor/administrative assistant in the Entomology Department at Cornell before moving to the University of Maryland (1970-1981 – 3-way split appointment) and then to University of Delaware (1981-2009), initially as Entomology & Wildlife Ecology Department head then extension/teaching Professor (again 3-way split appointment). He retired in 2009 and moved to OR to be near grandchildren and continues as volunteer Extension bee specialist for OR (Affiliate faculty, OSU). He has been active and helped found MAAREC (Mid Atlantic Research and Extension Consortium) and active since 1967 meeting with Eastern Apiculture Society (EAS) where he has been on or have organized the Annual Meeting numerous times, including 2012 at University of VT, served as board chair for 8 years (1991-99), as President (in 1986), and as EAS Foundation Chair (1999-2009).  He is currently Master Beekeeper program advisor for EAS. Since moving to west coast he has been president and now on executive Board of WAS and currently serves as VP of the Oregon State Beekeepers.

Dr. Jim Frazier is a Professor of Entomology at The Pennsylvania State University where he teaches courses in Insect Natural History and in Critical thinking and Professional Development for Graduate Students. Dr. Frazier is a member of the Center for Chemical Ecology and the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State. He has been engaged in research for 43 years since receiving his PhD at Ohio State .He has worked at Mississippi State University, E.I DuPont Agricultural Products and at Penn State where he was Head of the Department for 10 years and has since been engaged in research on honey bees and sub-lethal impacts of pesticides together with Maryann Frazier and Dr. Chris Mullin. Dr.Frazier will retire in June of 2014.

Maryann Tomasko Frazier received her B. S. in Agriculture Education from Penn State University in 1980. In 1983 she completed a Masters of Agriculture in Entomology, specializing in apiculture. She has worked as the assistant state apiary inspector in Maryland and for two years as a beekeeping specialist in Sudan and later in Central America. For the past 25 years she has held the position of Senior Extension Associate in the Department of Entomology at Penn State and is responsible for honey bee extension throughout the state and cooperatively across the Mid-Atlantic region. She is working collaboratively with other members of PSU Department of Entomology to understand how pesticides are impacting honey bees and other pollinators. In addition she is working with a team of U.S. and Kenyan researchers to understand the impacts of newly introduced Varroa mites on East African honey bee subspecies and helping Kenyan beekeepers become more productive. She has taught courses in beekeeping, general entomology and teacher education and is involved with the Entomology Department’s innovative public outreach program.

Schedule

During Bee College there are 7-8 different classes that run over 6 periods during the day. This totals to over 50 courses that you could take over the college.

Beginner topics: There is a beginner track, listed in gold 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: These topics will satisfy repeat Bee College attendees and those with more beekeeping experience. We have courses that cover bee breeding, crop pollination, advanced bee pathogens, varroa control, pesticide/pollinator interactions, and more.

Hands-on: We host a number of courses in a workshop-like setting where you gain experience building equipment, extracting honey, making splits, and marking queens. We have 10 colonies on site for open hive demonstrations all day long. Suits, smokers, and tools, are available to use.

Hobbyists and Craft-lovers: We have fun DIY classes like wax rendering, candle making, honey exhibitions, lip blam and salve making.

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 nested within the UF Bee College and is held all day Saturday March 8. It is open to children ages six - sixteeen, as well as educators, teachers, and parents. To enroll, each particpant will need to regsiter for Bee College, (for children, select the discount ticket or the family pass) and then check the ‘Jr. Bee College’ sign up on the registration page. Bee College is a full day of entomology and beekeeping curricultum taught by UF’s Entomology Youth and Outreach Coordinator, Dr. Rebecca Baldwin, and IFAS Extension Agent, Sherri Kraeft, with some wonderful volunteers. 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.

Honey Show

Please visit our Honey Show and Welsh Honey Judge page for more information about the UF Bee College Honey Show.

Accommodations

Accommodations are the individual responsibility of each guest. Accommodations in St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach, Crescent Beach, or Palm Coast are acceptable locations. There are no hotels in Marineland. Our guests typically find there is a 20-30 minute drive to/from the college daily. Please plan accordingly. There are several camping sites in the area and they tend to book quickly, so reserve ahead of time.

Holiday Isle Oceanfront Hotel  
860 A1A Beach Blvd.
St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080
904-471-2555

Quality Inn Historic District 
1111 N Ponce De Leon Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-824-5554

Hampton Inn
www.hamptoninn.com
430 A1A Beach Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32080
904.471.4000

Hilton Garden Inn
www.hiltongardeninn.hilton.com
401 A1A Beach Blvd.
St Augustine Beach, FL 32080
904.471.5559

St. Augustine Island Inn
www.staugustineislandinn.com
894 A1A Beach Blvd.
St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080
904.471.1440

Microtel Palm Coast
16 Kingswood Drive
Palm Coast, FL 32137
(386) 445-8976

Vendors

Despite our relatively small vending space, we have several top of the line vendors who sell beekeeping equipment, supplies, accessories, books and more.

This year we have some wonderful vendors:

Deb's Bee Supply - beekeeping supplies

Mann Lake - beekeeping supplies

Dadant - beekeeping supplies, bees, and queens

D & J Apiary - beekeeping supplies, bees, and queens

Wicwas Press - bee related books and publishing

Tribee Bee - related art and accessories

Bo Sterk - selling B-College Tshirts

2015 Vending

Vendor spots for 2015 Bee College will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please print, fill out and mail the vendor application to reserve a spot. Applications will be available later this year.

Specialized Training Courses

Bee College offers a rotating variation of specialty training courses for clientele such as: Emergency First Responders, beekeepers, teachers, agricultural professionals, Pest Control Operators and other similar professions. Courses include

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