The Western Apicultural Society is a non-profit, educational beekeeping organization founded in 1978 for the benefit and enjoyment of all beekeepers in western North America.
Its emphasis is on smaller operations as the needs of this group differ substantially from those of a large commercial nature.
Membership in WAS is encouraged from anywhere in the world. However, the organization was designed specifically to meet the educational needs of beekeepers in the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming; and the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and the Yukon.
The current WAS bylaws (view as PDF) were voted in at the 2017 conference in Davis, CA.
The annual conference and annual meeting moves around among the states and provinces served by WAS. In 2012 it was in Washington state, 2013 in New Mexico, 2014 in Montana, 2015 in Colorado, 2016 in Hawaii, and in 2017 California. A Sites Chair is appointed to the board, whose responsibility it is to solicit offers from groups who are willing to put a conference together. WAS is not an overly large organization so conferences are smaller than those of the Eastern Apicultural Society, for example. However, we draw a number of attendees from the east coast who come regularly for the more intimate style and great western hospitality. We encourage you to join us in Boise, Idaho for the 2018 WAS Conference.