UGA Extension Office

Southeast Georgia Beekeeping Course

New or aspiring beekeeper? Our 2023 Southeast Georgia Beekeeping Course is an excellent opportunity to learn what it takes to keep healthy hives.

This seven-Saturday course consists of lectures and hands-on demonstrations covering honey bee biology, hive management, bee forage, honey extraction, and more!

Classes are led by instructors Keith Fielder, Putnam County Extension Coordinator, Dr. Tim Davis, Chatham County Extension Coordinator, and Laura Liu of the Coastal Empire Beekeepers Association.

2023 Class Schedule

January 21st 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

February 25th: Southeast Georgia Beekeeping Symposium fundamentals classes, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

March 18th 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

April 15th 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

May 20th 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

June 17th 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

July 15th 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Topics Include:

• Equipment, Input, and Hive Assembly
• Honey Bee Biology
• The Basics of Hive Management
• Mite and Disease Management
• Package or Nuc Installation
• Queen Management
• Splitting Colonies
• Honey & Wax Processing
• Useful Honey Plants of Coastal GA
• Honey Bee Foraging Behavior

Registration for the 2023 Course is now open through January 20th, 2023.

Register Now!

2023 Course Details

Course Fee: $240.00

Location: Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens

2 Canebrake Rd

Savannah, GA 31419

Recommended Materials:

Protective clothing for bee yard classes: veil, light-colored clothing, long pants, long-sleeved shirt, & close-toed shoes

Hive tool

Bee on Camellia flower