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Honey Bee Swarms

This is the time of year when honey bees are swarming. The best action is to ignore a swarm, as they’ll likely move on in a day or two when the bees find a location to establish their colony. If the swarm is in a spot where it poses a hazard and needs to be removed, many beekeepers will collect swarms. To find a beekeeper, Google ‘beekeepers’ and the name of your city or county. The California State Beekeepers Association also has swarm information on their web page.

Hours and Directions

  • The Haven is open daily at no charge from dawn to dusk. We’re located next to the Harry H. Laidlaw, Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road in Davis. Directions are here or find us on the UC Davis campus map or Google Maps.
  • The UC Davis COVID-19 policy now requires masks to be worn in all campus locations, including outdoor locations. Please wear a mask while visiting the garden and keep six feet from others whenever possible. Our picnic tables are closed.
  • We are offering limited in-person guided tours on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Tours must be reserved in advance. Visit our tour page for details.

If you’re not able to visit us in person, please visit us virtually through our blog, The Bee Gardener, as well as our social media (links at the top right of this page) for updates.

Bee and plant photography are encouraged at the Haven. Please review our photography policies before taking pictures or videos.

Our Mission

The Haven is a unique outdoor museum that provides resources for local bee pollinators, inspires and educates visitors to create pollinator habitat gardens, and provides a site for the observation and study of bees and the plants that support them.

Haven 2021 Events

We are offering limited in-person guided tours on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Tours must be reserved in advance. Visit our tour page for details.

We will offer in-person events as COVID restrictions are reduced. Please check back for details.

Current Funding

United States Department of Agriculture NIFA-SCRI: “Protecting Pollinators with Economically Feasible and Environmentally Sound Ornamental Horticulture” (0.93 FTE)

UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology: ongoing salary support (0.07 FTE)

Recent donations

Crowdfund UC Davis donors: thanks to your generous support of the following individuals, we raised $2565 to fund plant and tool purchases for the Haven. Thanks to Connie Alexich, Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Baumbach, Sylvia Bender, Michelle and Randy Davis, Kathleen Dunphy, Frank Gill, Kandis Gilmore, Katherine Hall, Andre Hamel, Diane Kelly, Robin Kent, Sonya Lal, Wendy Mather, Elina Niño, Kirsten Pearsons, Achille Peiris, Joy Sakai, Pat Schnick, Selinda Shontz, Kimberly Steinmann, Ray Tretheway, Treva Valentine, Casey Walsh Cady, Rick Williams, and eight anonymous donors.

Stephanie and Darrin Ogletree, hardware and nursery supply gift cards

Matthew Dong, garden hand cart

What is the Haven?

The Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven is a unique outdoor museum where visitors can observe and learn about bees and the plants that support them. Located next to the Harry H. Laidlaw, Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis, it was planted in Fall 2009 thanks to a generous gift from Häagen-Dazs. The garden is open year-round during daylight hours. Admission is free. For more directions and details to ensure an enjoyable visit, please see “Planning Your Visit.”

Why Does the Haven Matter?

Like to eat? Thank a bee! Bees are responsible for pollinating about 1/3 of all the food we eat, including most of the fruits, nuts, and vegetable that make our diets tasty and nutritious. Bees also pollinate many of our wild plants that in turn provide food and habitat for other wildlife.

Yet many bee species (California has about 1600 native bee species) are in decline. While we don’t know all the reasons why this is occurring, one thing is clear: bees need flowers. We can all plant bee gardens, from a few flower pots to several acres. The Haven is a unique location where visitors can see bees and learn what they can do to help.

Can’t make it to the garden? If you’re not able to visit us in person, please visit us virtually through our blog, The Bee Gardener, as well as our social media (links at the top right of this page) for updates.

Garden News

Subscribe to our email list: Honey Bee Haven News is sent about once a month with event and class information and garden news and updates. Subscribe here.

Garden videos: for those who cannot make it to the Haven, we’ll bring the Haven to you. Please check out our videos by clicking on the YouTube link here or on the sidebar.

Annual Reports: our 2020 Annual Report is now available. Reports for 2019201820172016,  2015 and 2014 are also available.

Donate

The garden is funded by donations and grants. Please consider making a gift to help us in our important work of bee pollinator education and outreach. Thank you. Click here to donate to the garden.

Volunteer 

The Haven could not exist without the support of our volunteers. They do much of the garden maintenance and assist at outreach events. Please consider joining the Haven team and supporting our important work. Apply here; to learn more about our volunteers, visit here.

History of the Haven
The Haven was planted in the fall of 2009. More….

Contact us: beegarden@ucdavis.edu

A friendly reminder from our risk management folks: there are bees in the garden! If in your excitement to view our bees up close you should forget the Haven’s walk-only-on-the-path policy you might step on a bee. And if she reminds you she’s there by stinging you, please take a bee sting flyer from the box on the shed. You can also view the flyer here.

Problems? Contact George Terry. Copyright © UC Regents, Davis campus. All rights reserved. Last Major Site Update: 6 June 2014