WWU Outback Farm Bees 

Honey Bee Learning Classroom

beeagoodcitizen.com Bringing the thrilling fun and excitement in keeping honey bees into the new natural bee keeping apiary classroom. Western Washington University Students were enthusiastic about hand feeding pollen to the outback farm's newly arrived honey bees. Apiaries that are designed for a hands on learning experience verses honey production focus primarily on the honey bees well being. Bringing bee access and awareness to the WWU campus to foster a future generation of educated bee keepers.

Bellingham Regional Bee

Local WWU breeding PNW bee stock

WWU has a great apiary facility at the outback farm. With support from the   faculty to raise a local strain of bee with genetic traits that are both acclimated to the wet cold climate of western Washington state, and also exhibit strong VSH traits to control Varroa Destructor mites. Several natural research apiaries in the PNW area which exclusively raise localized feral bees with regionally acclimated queens and mite resistant VHS breeders are a rich genetic source for the students of WWU to tap into for the development of a local Bellingham bee. The WWU learning apiary is in the beginning processes of raising bees with genetic tendencies that are both resistant to mites and the PNW cold wet weather.