UGA Extension Office

Southeast Georgia Beekeeping Course

New or aspiring beekeeper? The 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! Class meets one Saturday each month from January-July at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah.

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.

Registration for the 2023 course has closed. If you are interested in the 2024 SEGA Beekeeping Course, please fill out the contact form on this page.

Interested in the 2024 course? Please complete the form below to be notified when registration opens.

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

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

Bee on Camellia flower