UGA Honey Bee Program

Young Harris Beekeeping Institute

23rd Annual Beekeeping Institute 
Dates: May 15-17th, 2014

- Kelley's will be attending this event.

Registration will open March 3, 2014. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements of guest lecturers and other particulars...

Young Harris 2013 Group photo

The UGA Honey Bee Program offers an annual Georgia beekeeping event in cooperation with Young Harris College. It is an amalgam of information dissemination (lectures, workshops & demonstrations) from esteemed local, regional, national and international beekeeping practitioners, authors, & researchers, hands-on training classes, beekeeping and honey judging certification programs, exam preparation classes, practical and written certification exam administrations, a distinguished regional honey show, multiple awards programs, and a renowned dinner party.

In addition, the program is proud to host respected, regional purveyors of queen honey bees, honey bee nucleus hives & packages, beekeeping equipment & supplies, arts, crafts and books. Their attendance offers the convenience to YHBI participants of browsing among a wide variety of wonderful resources and gifts without concern over shipping charges.

Since 1992, the Young Harris Beekeeping Institute (YHBI) has been the single most comprehensive opportunity in the Southeast for concentrated training in all aspects of practical beekeeping. Held on the beautiful campus of Young Harris College (Young Harris, GA) in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the YHBI is a three-day event (see Schedule of Events, below) with separate curricula for beginners and more experienced beekeepers, as well as a plethora fun, optional activities.

Guest lecturers for the 2013 program were Dr. Thomas D. SeeleyDr. Dave Tarpy andMichael Young MBE.

Schedule of Events

Thursday is dedicated to training and certification examinations for the GA-MBP Journeyman, Master, and Master Craftsman levels, as well as the Welsh Honey Judge qualifications. Training and certification for the GA-MBP Certified (beginner’s) level are incorporated into the normal activities for the Beginners’ Track on Friday and Saturday.

The Institute proper, Friday and Saturday, features a 2-track system: one set of programs is highlighted as pertaining specifically to beginner beekeepers, and another for experienced beekeepers. Participants can pick and choose among all of the lectures, workshops and demonstrations offered.


Besides offering classes for beekeepers at all levels of experience, the Institute sponsors the Georgia Master Beekeeper Program (GA-MBP) and partners with the Welsh (U.K.) National Bee Keepers Association to provide North America’s only licensing program for honey judges.

See Certifications for more information.

Honey Show

One of the most rewarding opportunities of the Institute is the annual Honey Show. Besides categories in honey, the Honey Show includes classes in photography, art, candles, section comb honey, mead, and beekeeping gadgets. We urge students to participate in the Institute Honey Show, even if you’ve never competed before.

See Honey Show for more information.

Young Harris - UGA Beekeeping Institute


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