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Thompson Rivers University

Bee Campus Thompson Rivers University

Thompson Rivers University is the second Bee Campus in BC!

Thompson Rivers University is proud to take significant steps to further enhance our sustainable cultures and communities by becoming a certified Bee City Campus. This designation encourages the TRU community to better connect with our environment and critically assess how we can invest in conservation and climate resiliency. Through becoming better stewards of the lands we contribute to and exist within, this certification supports us to prioritize pollinators and the positive impacts they have on our environment and our overall community well-being.

Thompson Rivers University

February 2024

Bee Campus Application

Honey bee hives were added to our campus by a faculty member from Culinary Arts (Ron Rosentreter) in 2011. They were initially located on the roof of a central building, but they were moved to a horticulture space to improve access. This new space included an orchard with over 30 fruit trees and extensive food gardens. Located in one of the most secluded sections of our campus, the apiary has thrived in this space which is surrounded by native sage grass-lands.

The food produced from the orchard (aided by both native and honey bees) is used in the local TRU campus daycare (Cariboo Child Care Society). Numerous classes visit the apiary regularly and learn about native pollinators, honey bees and sustainable food issues. These sessions are guided by a faculty member (Courtney Mason) from Tourism Manage-ment who is the co-manager of the apiary (2017-current). Some professors have built practical aspects into their courses and visit the apiary regularly as a component of their curriculum. A number of diverse interdisciplinary classes within the following departments have toured the api-ary: culinary arts, tourism management, natural resource science, horticulture, biology and education.

In addition to the orchard space, TRU already has a number of native gardens (Nursing and Population Health; on the roof of the House of Learning; and outside the Culinary Arts Training Centre). TRU also has a pollinator garden (outside the Ken Lepin Science Building) located on campus. TRU recognizes that bees are a keystone species, that they are influential pollinators for local and regional crops. Despite their importance throughout global food systems, bee numbers are threatened world-wide due to diverse factors including habitat and biodiversity loss, industrial farming practices and pesticide use, as well as pressing issues of environmental and climatic change.

February 2024
Bee Campus Thompson Rivers University

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