OTHELLO, Wash. – Washington State University will celebrate the grand opening of its new Honey Bee & Pollinator Research, Extension, and Education Facility on March 6 with a ribbon cutting and tours of the facility.

What: Tours and grand opening celebration

When: Friday, March 6, 3 p.m. social gathering, 3:30 p.m. ribbon cutting, followed by self‑guided tours.

Where: 1485 W. Cunningham Rd, Othello, WA 99344

Who: Dean André‑Denis Wright, WSU honey bee scientists Steve Sheppard and Brandon Hopkins, other WSU officials, and several Washington beekeepers and industry supporters.

Why: This is the official opening for WSU’s new pollinator facility, home to research supporting state and national beekeepers that helps save honey bees. WSU began fundraising for this facility with a nationally publicized event in 2016, in which then‑WSU Provost Dan Bernardo and others wore beards of bees.

Media contact:

  • Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, 509‑335‑2967, scott.weybright@wsu.edu