Bee Campus USA
As a Bee Campus, Washington College is ensuring a better future for our pollinators, our communities, and the planet. Bee Campus USA fosters ongoing dialogue to raise awareness of the role pollinators play in our communities and what each of us can do to provide them with healthy habitat.
The Bee Campus USA program endorses a set of commitments for creating sustainable habitat for pollinators, which are vital to feeding the planet.
College students, faculty, administrators, and staff have long been among the nation’s most stalwart champions for sustainable environmental practices.
How is Washington College Pollinator Friendly?
- Each Spring, our Department of Environmental Science and Studies brings an apiculturist to campus for a Bee Keeping 101 course.
- Campus Garden Apiary
- Permaculture Internships - students research relationships between plants, pollinators, and local food production systems
- Pollinator hotel workshop at the Campus Garden in partnership with local Master Gardeners and Extension services
- Center for Environment & Society is committed to restoring native pollinator and wildlife habitats throughout the bioregion through the Natural Lands Project
2018 Bee Campus Events/Service/Outreach
- Installed the Bee Campus USA sign in the Hodson Dining Hall
- The Student Government Association organized Casey Time which included the planting of a native flowering plant, partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata) around areas of campus
- The Campus Garden Conducted a Honey Extraction Workshop and sold the honey as a fundraiser to purchase more bees
- Beekeeping 101 class during Spring 2018 had 13 students
- The Center for Environment & Society held a Pollinator Photo Contest