The “Beekeeping in the Panhandle Summer Series” is just around the corner.

The UF/IFAS Extension Panhandle Agriculture Team is pleased to offer three intermediate level beekeeping classes. These classes will be offered via interactive web-conferencing at Extension Offices across North Florida, and will be taught by state and nationally recognized specialists. Gulf County Extension will offer these classes at the main office at 232 E. Lake Ave. in Wewahitchka.

This summer series will be Thursday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. CT. Each presentation will be followed by a question / answer period with the speaker. Registration for all three classes is $15 per person, or $25 for a family up to four, and covers course materials and refreshments.

Schedule:

Thursday, Aug. 17, Fall Pest and Disease Management -Varroa Mites and Nosema presented by Cameron Jack, UF/IFAS Bee Lab Apiarist;

Thursday, Aug. 24, Working with Pollination Contracts, presented by Jeanette Klopchin, FDACS Bureau of Plant and Apiary Inspection;

Thursday, Sept. 7, Minimizing Honey Bee Exposure to Pesticides, presented by Jeanette Klopchin, FDACS Bureau of Plant and Apiary Inspection.

Please call the Gulf County Extension Office at 639-3200 to register. Visit Panhandle Ag-e News for more information at http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/.

The University of Florida IFAS Extension faculty is also continuing the acclaimed "Panhandle Outdoors Live!" programs for 2017. The program will include presentations, as well as, traditional excursions to explore and learn about the Panhandle's signature ecosystems. This year's planned programs include "Nearshore Artificial Reefs" (Navarre Beach, Aug. 17), "St. Joseph Bay Water School" (Gulf County, Sept. 19-20), "Coastal Dune Lakes" (Walton County, Oct. 25), and a "Natural Resources Field Day" (Santa Rosa County, Oct. 26).

Many of these special places include conservation lands but are still vulnerable to issues that threaten their ecological integrity. The diversity of our Panhandle water features also provides for hot spots of biological diversity throughout the region. Come learn about the important roles of these amazing aquatic and upland systems. The St. Joseph Bay Ecosystem is home to one of the richest concentrations of marine grasses along the Northern Gulf Coast. It supports an amazing diversity of fish, aquatic invertebrates and birds. Other local habitats of significance include nesting beaches for loggerhead sea turtles, salt marshes that support secretive marsh birds, and pine flatwoods uplands.

The St. Joseph Bay Water School is a two-day educational adventure based at the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve. This event includes field tours of unique coastal uplands, presentations by scientists and naturalists, and a kayak trip to explore the underwater life of the seagrass beds.

Base registration is $65. For a detailed agenda and registration information, please see the following website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/panhandle-outdoors-live-st-joseph-bay-waterschool-tickets-36284218073?aff=es2

Please contact Gulf County Extension at 639-3200 for more information.

UF/IFAS Extension is an Equal Opportunity Institution.