For Members

General meeting:

We will start to gather at 7:15p.m. This month our guest speaker for the meeting will be Sue Cobey, WSU Pullman and Tim Lawrence from WSU Island County Extension. Sue Cobey joined Washington State University’s Department of Entomology in 2010, works with department chair and bee scientist Walter “Steve” Sheppard, who researches population genetics and evolution of honey bees, insect introductions and mechanisms of genetic differentiation; and bee scientist Brandon Hopkins, an expert on cryopreservation of bee semen.

“Building a better bee” involves collecting bee semen (germplasm) in European countries, including Italy, Slovenia, Germany, and the Republic of Kazakhstan.  Those countries, she points out, rear bees with favorable genetic traits, such as resistance to varroa mites, the No. 1 enemy of beekeepers in the United States.

Tim will be updating us on the WSU Queen rearing program and speak to Queen Rearing techniques for the Backyard Beekeeper.


Tim Lawrence



We’ll also have updated contact information for ordering your bees!

Introduction to Beekeeping will resume on February 3rd, starting at 6:15 p.m.

Our Vice-President Larry Gregory will be talking on

“Setting up for Success” 

There is still time to join with registration starting at 6:00 p.m.

We meet in the Almendinger Center, WSU Puyallup Campus

New participants will pay a course cost of $75.00 and includes your Beekeeper’s Handbook.

You must also become a member of PCBA if you are not already. 

Class starts at 6:15 p.m.  Previous members that have taken the introduction course may come for any of the monthly classes as a refresher or join the Sustainable beekeepers group that meet in the WOSSA building at 6:15. Scroll down for more detailed information.

Reminder: Membership renewals Have moved to the Annual Date of October 1, of the year. 

Starting October 2019 you will get a pro-rated amount to pay based on your renewal date that will catch you up to October 1, 2020. 

Apiary Day’s are the 3rd Saturday of the Month at the Apiary starting 12:00 p.m.


Next Apiary Day is on

March 21 , starting at 12:00 p.m.

Bring your bee gear and your questions as we inspect our education Apiary on the south side of the campus. If weather doesn’t permit inspections we will update the website the morning of….so check back before you drive out if the weather looks sketchy.

Introduction to Beginning Beekeeping

Registration for our 2019/2020 class on beekeeping will start @ 6:00 p.m. Almendinger Center, WSU Puyallup Campus on October 7th, 2019 so come early. Class starts at 6:15 p.m. The fee for the class is $75.00 and includes 9 – 1 hour classroom sessions, taught by a variety of experienced PCBA Beekeepers through out the year. Topics include all aspects of beekeeping and what you need to know to be a successful beekeeper. The class also includes 10 –  2 hour sessions (weather permitting) of hands on beekeeping in our PCBA Apiary that includes how to set up your apiary, getting your bees installed, hive inspections, finding the queen, feeding and treatment to keep you colonies healthy and over wintering preparations for your apiary. 100 % of the Class fee’s go to support PCBA, bees in the apiary and supplies.


OMB Apprentice and Master Beekeeping program

The OMB Apprentice Group will meet starting January 18th, 2020 at the WOSSA Building at 10:00 A.M. Make sure to bring your Beekeeper’s Handbook and questions! This lecture series will meet the 16 hours required under the Apprentice OMB program. 

We may adjust the schedule to be a little later, based on weather when we start Apiary Days in March to allow it to warm up enough to work the bees.

Sustainable Beekeeping

Next meeting, November 4th at
6:15 P.M. in the WOSSA Building


November 18th @ 6:15pm

Board Meeting

University Place Library

PCBA General meeting and Beginner Beekeeping meets in the Allmendinger Center:

WSU Puyallup Campus Research & Extension Center

2606 West Pioneer, Puyallup, WA.

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