The Gulf Coast Beekeepers Association Apiary shares an Apiary with Collier’s Buzzing in the Garden 4-H Club (ages 8-18) and is located at the UF / IFAS Collier Extension, which is directly in front of the Collier County Fairgrounds off Immokalee Rd in Naples, FL
LOCATION: UF/IFAS Collier County Extension. 14700 Immokalee Rd, Naples, FL 34120
WHO: Open to all Paid Members
WHEN: Typically, at 3:00pm on 1st Saturday of each month from Nov-Feb and 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from Mar-Oct. Watch for Posts on our Facebook Group Page for changes in Days/Times or to RSVP.
Currently scheduled Apiary Day Dates:
- December 12/5/20,
- January 1/2/21,
- February 2/6/21,
- March 3/6/21, 3/20/21,
- April 4/3/21, 4/17/21,
- May 5/1/21, 5/15/21,
- June 6/5/21, 6/19/21,
- July 7/3/21, 7/17/21,
- August 8/7/21, 8/21/21,
- September 9/4/21, 9/18/21,
- October 10/2/21, 10/16/21,
- November 11/6/21, 11/20/21,
- December 12/4/20, 12/18/21.
- Dates and times are subject to change. Verify the date/time with Max (239) 200-2596 when RSVPing by phone, or text.
- Additional Apiary Days may be needed during major flows, treatments, or after hurricanes.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Apiary Work Days (AWDs) are educational events, where members maintain the apiary as well as the club hives, which is a great way for new beekeepers to learn from more experienced members.
Each Apiary Work Day is currently limited to 10 people. By signing up ahead of time, you will ensure yourself a spot. Walk-ins are also permitted, but space is not guaranteed. Sign Up in the Comments on the Facebook Group Page. Not on Facebook, simply contact Max (239) 200-2596
All participants are required to sign a waiver prior to attending. Sign your Sting eWaiver now
Activities may include:
- Trimming Palms/Grass along the eFencing
- Checking the eFence
- Checking the Swarm Boxes
- Moving Swarms from the Swarm Boxes to larger boxes
- ReQueening Swarms
- Feeding Bees
- Doing Hive Inspections
- Treating for Pests when necessary
WHAT TO BRING:
- Your PPE. Minimum PPE is your veil. Gloves, jackets and suits are optional
- Your smoker and hive tool
- Water to stay hydrated. Avoid bringing straws or sweet drinks. The bees like those too 😉
- Your positive & helpful attitude 🙂 Keep in mind that there are lots of right ways to keep bees. Be open to learning and sharing.
PARKING: Park in the UF IFAS Parking Lot and walk towards the front entrance of the parking lot. Turn left at the entrance between the fence and fruit trees. Continue straight ahead and cross the small pedestrian bridge.
If you get lost or have questions about the apiary, feel free to call Max (239) 200-2596 or Trisha Aldridge (239) 252-4800