The Georgia Prison Beekeeping Program

Georgia Prison Beekeeping Program


How to protect pollinators and other beneficial insects

Some of the six- and eight-legged creatures you come across outside may seem scary, but they are actually helpful. These beneficial insects pollinate our flowers, fruits and vegetables - and some even kill the "bad" (or, destructive) bugs.

Please don't run to the big box store for a can of pesticide promising the most devastating results. First, read our information on Beneficial Insects.


Honey bee health information

Read more about bee health:

The Great Georgia Pollinator Census

Citizen Science at Work
August 23-24, 2019
Coordinated by University of Georgia Extension

The Great Georgia Pollinator Census


Learn more about how to protect our state's pollinators:

Protecting Georgia's Pollinators

Registration is still open but your form may not reach us in time. Please bring your form with you since walkins are welcome. Click here for registration form. The dates of the 2019 Young Harris Institute are May 22-25 at the campus of Young Harris College. Our special guest instructors will include Dr. Francis Ratnieks from the University of Sussex, UK, Dr. David Tarpy from North Carolina State University, and Dr. Wyatt Mangum. 

Questions or comments:
Please contact Bear and Marybeth Kelley, the Bee Institute Registrars, at or 229-322-5025.


Support the Bee Lab

Please support our UGA Bee Lab research efforts by purchasing some of our private-label, pure, raw honey. It is available from several convenient locations:

  • Athens Seed, Lawn and Garden
    54 Greensboro Highway
    Watkinsville, GA 30677
  • Southern Hardware 
    650 GA-72, Comer, GA 30629
  • Cofer's Home and Garden
    1145 Mitchell Bridge Road
    Athens, GA 30606
  • UGA Entomology Department
    413 Biological Sciences Building
    120 Cedar Street
    Athens, GA 30602

About the UGA Honey Bee Program

Honey bees have been the Official State Insect of Georgia since 1975, and a subject of teaching and inquiry at the University of Georgia for decades. These marvelous insects are manageable and are used to produce honey and pollinate crops. They are practical models of biological organization and social behavior.

Honey bee research at the University of Georgia addresses sustainable bee health management issues as well as more basic questions on bee pollination and foraging ecology. In all its endeavors, the UGA Honey Bee Program aims to develop research, teaching and extension initiatives that are locally responsive while globally relevant.

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