CATCH THEE BUZZ- Univ. of Florida Bee College

About this Event

Join the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory for our very first 2020 Summer Virtual UF/IFAS Bee College! Imagine FIVE Saturday mornings August 1, 2020 of all things honey bees. Those new to beekeeping can follow the beginner track, while more experienced beekeepers can participate in sessions focused on honey bee stressors and other advanced topics related to beekeeping. Speakers include UF/IFAS faculty, staff, students, members from the Florida State Beekeepers Association, specialists from Bee Informed Partnership, and other honey bee specialists around the world! Participants can choose to attend one session or all five as a “Package Deal” for a reduced fee. Register for the “Package Deal” or for each session separately– whatever works best with your schedule. Please note: spaces are limited per “meeting room”. Each class will be on a first come, first serve basis. If a meeting room is full, you will need to log into another track.
-$150 for all five sessions/person (“Package Deal”)
-10% discounts available only when purchasing the “Package Deal” to active duty military members, Retired Veterans, Florida State Beekeepers Association members, active members of the Master Beekeeper, Master Gardener, and/or Master Naturalist Programs, UF/IFAS county extension faculty, and anyone under 18 years of age.
For Bee Clubs/Association
Bee Clubs/Associations can purchase a “Package Deal”, all five sessions, at a discounted rate ($130) to raffle off to your club’s members. Only one discounted ticket is allowed per club. Follow the steps below:
1. As a club, purchase the ‘Bee Club- Discounted’ ticket. When completing this registration, enter your BEE CLUB’s name, not the purchaser’s name.
2. The Honey Bee Lab will send you a coupon code for a free ticket, within a week of registering.
3. Hold your raffle and give your club’s coupon code to the winner.
4. The winner registers on Eventbrite by entering the coupon code and choosing “Free Registration”.
Connecting/Attending to this class – How is this going to work?
This classes will be presented online via the Zoom teleconferencing platform, which can be downloaded ahead of time at
You will receive an e-mail from us the day before the session begins with three links to the event and password (there is one link per track). We ask that you do NOT share these links. This will minimize any zoom hacking and will provide an overall better experience to our registered participants. If you do not already have Zoom installed, you will be given the option to install automatically after clicking the link. Please give yourself time to download and familiarize yourself with the program ahead of time.
You will not need a microphone or webcam to participate. Each participant will be automatically muted upon entry. Two facilitators will be available in each meeting room to help answer any questions that may arise.
For more information about Virtual Bee College, contact Amy Vu, Extension Coordinator, at
Zoom Software & Information
How to join a Zoom meeting:
For more help go to:
View the schedule here or see images below
*Speaker names will be shared closer to the date. Join our mailing list at to receive updates.
*In an event of an emergency or other immediate circumstance, some courses may differ. Our schedule is fully dependent on our scheduled speakers.
-Refund requests will be honored in full if submitted 7 days prior to registered session. No refunds will be granted on or after 7 days before a session (For example, refunds will be made in full if submitted prior to August 1 for a participant who registers for session 2 on August 8)
-There will be a 10 minute “break” between each session. Participants will be able to move from track to track throughout the morning. Meeting rooms have a maximum capacity. If a meeting room is full, you will need to sign into another track.
-Bee College pins will be mailed to participants after an online survey is completed. The survey will be shared after session 5 is complete (August 29, 2020). Please allow at least 4-6 weeks for pins to arrive. We apologize for any inconveniences.
-These classes will not be recorded. Speakers will be responsible for providing content and handouts during their sessions and may provide handouts of their presentations during their session.
-2020 Summer Virtual UF/IFAS Bee College lectures and course materials, including PowerPoint presentations, outlines, videos, handouts, and similar materials, are protected by copyright law and by University policy. You may not reproduce, distribute or display (post/upload) lecture notes, recordings, or course materials in any way without written consent from the UF/IFAS Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory.

For the complete schedule go to: