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Presented by the NWSS Environment Club

  • We are a dedicated group of high school students who are committed to addressing global environmental issues on a local level.

  • We raise awareness about concerns such as recycling (including batteries) and the bee epidemic, which is also known as Colony Collapse Disorder.

  • We are a versatile group that believes that although the environment is a means of education, it is also meant to be enjoyed and explored.

The Bee Epidemic

What is it?

The bee epidemic is also known as the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). It is a growing phenomenon worldwide where worker bees from beehives are suddenly disappearing.

What are the leading causes?

The possible leading causes of this disorder are biotic factors such as Varroa mites and other insect diseases. Abiotic factors also affect the bee population due to the environmental-change related stresses such as malnutrition, migratory beekeeping, and pesticides. Climate change has also been found to affect CCD due to crops growing earlier or later in relation to the weather.

Why is it important to take action?

Honey bees are predominant pollinators that are necessary for a large number of crops to grow, thus it is important for society to take action and aid this epidemic. Every little action helps the greater picture.


What is it?

  • The NWSS Apiary is a gated area on the school’s roof that encloses four beehives, costing $150.00 each.

  • One of the beehives is from a teacher’s backyard!

  • They are primarily taken care of by our biology teacher, Axel Krause, along with the help of eager members from the Environment Club.

  • Education about apiaries, beekeeping ,and bees are provided for students of NWSS who are interested.

Our Dedicated Beekeeper

The Beekeepers

  • This imaginative idea came to life in September 2008 as our response to our new school apiary.

  • The program is based upon donations which entitles the donor to “adopt” a bee from our hives and in doing so, they receive an adoption certificate.

  • Half of the donations are used to support our own bee hives while the latter is used to purchase a hive for a family in a developing country through World Vision.

  • This is a great way to raise awareness about the Colony Collapse Disorder while maintaining a creative and light-hearted approach.


This certificate authorizes


As the proud owner of

HALF of your donations will go towards funding the Environment Club’s IB Bee Project.

The other HALF of your donation will go towards purchasing a bee hive for a bee business in another country through World Vision.

Our devoted sellers from the club

Our Kind Costumers

We make our own candles out of bees’ wax.

  • Our club members get together to make candles with our school’s bee’s honey

  • Making candles together has created friendships and new hobbies

  • We have successfully sold candles at craft sales

  • For every candle sold, the customers receive a certificate to remind them of their contribution to our goals

Candles in the making...

Our Goals

In the future we hope to...

  • Continue with our Adopt-A-Bee program in order to build more bee hives in Third-World countries through World Vision.

  • Raise more money for our school’s apiary by selling the honey they produce and the candles made from the bees’ wax.

  • Inform others about all the career choices available regarding bees.

  • Continue raising awareness for a greener Earth and inform others about the Colony Collapse Disorder through our school and the community.

Our Bees

“Th’Industrious bee extracts from ev’ryflow’r

Its fragrant sweets and mild balsamic pow’r

Learn thence, with greatest care & nicest skill

To take the good, and to reject the ill:

By her example taught, enrich thy mind,

Improve kind nature’s gifts, by sense refin’d;

Be though the honey-comb – in whom may dwell

Each mental sweet, nor leave one vacant cell.”

- Emboidery, The Archaeology of Beekeeping.

“Bees work for man, and yet they never bruise Their Master’s flower, but leaving it having done , as fair as ever and as fit to use; so both the flower doth stay and honey run.” -George Herbert

“It takes a bee to get the honey out.” -Arthur Guiterman

“The men of experiment are like the ant; they only collect and use. But the bee...gathers its materials from the flowers of the garden and of the field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own.”

-Leonardo da Vinci

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