UF will sponsor sixth annual Bee College

The state’s biggest educational event for honey bee hobbyists, professionals and anyone interested in honey bees — Bee College — is back for a sixth year, University of Florida officials have announced.This year’s event will be held at the UF Whitney Marine Laboratory in Marineland, Fla., March 8-9.

UF’s Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory offers classes for beekeepers of all ages and experience levels, gardeners, naturalists, county agents and others interested in the topic.

This year’s schedule includes more than 50 classes, and nearly half of the course material is new, according to event organizer Jeannette Klopchin. Another change this year: the Bee College Honey Show includes new entry classes (check www.ufhoneybee.com for rules). It is the state’s largest honey competition, and a best of show winner will be chosen from more than a dozen classes.

Attendees have their choice of a minimum of five class options at any given time of the day. Many classes are hands on and take participants into lab settings.

Participants must register by March 4 at http://beecollege.eventbrite.com/. For all other details about the event, please visit www.UFhoneybee.com.

The cost is $125 per person to attend for one day or $185 for two days. Family and other discount rates are offered.