The University of Florida’s Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory has organized and hosted the Bee College since 2008. It will be held at the UF Whitney Marine Laboratory in Marineland, March 7-8, 2014.
The two-day event offers classes for all ages and experience levels, from novice to seasoned beekeeper. This year’s schedule includes more than 50 classes, and nearly half of the course material is new.
Special guest speakers include Dewey Caron, a 40-year veteran in apicultural research, extension and instruction, and Jim and Maryann Frazier of Penn State University. The entomologists are considered experts in honey bees, chemical ecology, pesticides and pest management.
The Junior Bee College, an all-day event on Saturday, March 8, is open to children ages 6 through 16; kids will learn everything from basic entomology and bee biology to practical beekeeping through hands-on, fun, interactive, games and lessons.
Bee College attendees have their choice of a minimum of five class options at any given time of the day. Courses cover everything from basics, such as setting up an apiary to more complicated topics, such as making beekeeping a business. Many classes are hands on and take participants into lab settings to detect honeybee diseases or teach participants the laws that govern honey bottling, labeling and sales in Florida.
Anyone can register, but Florida Master Gardeners are being offered a discount on two-day attendance at $150 (it’s $185 for anyone else, or $125 for just one day). Register by Tuesday, March 4 at http://2014beecollege.eventbrite.com/.
You can learn more about the UF Bee College at their website: www.UFhoneybee.com.