Bee Sanctuaries

Creating Bee Habitat

Why Bee Sanctuaries?

1 in 4 native bee species are endangered, and an estimated 40% of US honey bees died last year. A world without bees would devastate the ecosystem and our food supplies. Yet, one of the greatest factors threatening bee populations is habitat loss.

We create bee sanctuaries by strategically placing native bees and honey bees in community gardens, farms, and green spaces. Here, bees find sanctuary and impact communities with pollination. These sanctuaries also demonstrate the powerful role of pollinators to the public, and serve as hubs for local events about bees and bee conservation.

What's in our Bee Sanctuaries

Native Bees

Honey Bees

Pollinator Plants

Our Sanctuaries' Impact

To date, we have placed over 300 sanctuaries in 44 states.

That's supporting 8.2 million bees, and impacting 747,000+ humans.

Where We Place Sanctuaries

urban farms

Urban Farms

Community Gardens

Parkland Areas

Our Sanctuaries

New York City

BeeVillage: The Battery

Bee Village hives - NYC

Host: The Battery

Type:  Parkland

Humans: Nicole, Jan, Guillermo, Ed

Since 2011, the gentle bees at the BeeVillage have been pollinating the lush flowers at The Battery, which is committed to sustainability. This apiary, or ‘BeeVillage’, is loosely themed on Manhattan's original New Amsterdam colony. Each beehive has been refurbished on the outside with miniature windows, moldings and wall sidings, to replicate Dutch-style buildings from the 1700s. There is also a tenement in the mix!

Experience live hive inspections Sundays from 11:00am - 12:00pm! Check our Bee Events page for more information.

BeeVillage: Cathedral

Blessing of the Bees at NYC's Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Host: Cathedral of St John the Divine

Type:  Parkland

Humans: Nicole

Our urban honey bee sanctuary thrives in the gardens of the world-renowned Cathedral. The Cathedral’s sanctuary is part of a visionary plan to reclaim our relationship with nature, support bees and contribute to the city’s sustainability efforts. The artisanal honey is known as “Divine Honey.”

Governor's Island

Host: Governor’s Island Trust

Type: Parkland

Humans: Carolina Zuniga-Aisa, Stacey Vasquez, Guillermo Fernandez

When most people think of bees, they think of honey bees. But did you know that there are over 475 species of bees in New York? Island Bee Project and The Honeybee Conservancy’s native and honey bee apiary offers an extraordinary look into the fascinating world of bees, the super pollinators responsible for nearly one in every three bites of food you eat. Join pollinator workshops/events, meet the Queen bee, enjoy a honey tasting or build bee houses with us. Visit our event calendar to learn more.

FIT: Fashion Institute of Technology

Host: Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)

Type: College / University

Humans: Michele, Sydney & Sydney

Bees fly high at the center of global sustainability, including fashion! Bees impact the clothes we wear, the designs we embrace, the cosmetics we crave. FIT HIVES and The Honeybee Conservancy together are providing students with workshops, internships, and hands-on training centered around two honey bee hives. With bees as an inspiration, responsible and ethical fashion designers can imagine new products.

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Detroit

Greening of Detroit

Host: Greening of Detroit

Type: Community Garden

Humans: Sue Hudnut

The hives will live in Greening of Detroit's Lafayette Greens, a green space and urban garden in the heart of downtown Detroit, next door to the famous Coney Islands and across the street from the fabulous Westin Book Cadillac Hotel. The award-winning garden grows hundreds of pounds of chemical-free fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers every year. Everything harvested goes back to the community, either to volunteers who help maintain the space, or to community food banks and church pantries.

Seattle

West Seattle Bee Garden

Host: West Seattle Bee Garden

Type: Community Garden

Humans: Lauren Eglund

The West Seattle Bee Garden serves as an educational space not only in West Seattle, but beyond. It is located within the Commons Park P-Patch and hosts an annual Bee Festival. The garden is open to self-guided tours, where visitors can learn about bees via posted signs throughout the garden and observe the bees through the plexiglass walls of the enclosure.

Kentucky

Louisville Grows

Host: Louisville Grows

Type: Urban Farm

Humans: Allan Day

Louisville Grows is interested in using the bee house as a teaching tool at our urban agricultural learning center, the Healthy House. Hives will be placed on the roof to provide pollination for the Portland Neighborhood, an area of Louisville with few hives. Honey will be harvested as part of an Urban Grower Training Series.

Miami

Earth Learning

Host: Earth Learning

Type:  Urban Farm

Humans: Mario

Earth Learning is a community garden and urban farm located in Overland, Miami’s historic African-American neighborhood. Growing in a food desert, Earth Learning is a local food market that accepts food stamps and offers a youth training program. The Honeybee Conservancy has provided Earth Learning with honey bees that help provide pollination and are also a key player in the youth training program. Among other enterprises, Earth Learning plans to teach youth to produce and sell honey in the food market.

Iowa

Howard H. Cherry Scout Reservation

Host: Hawkeye Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

Type: Parkland

Humans: Shaun Vecera

The Howard H. Cherry Scout Reservation (HHCSR) sees over 7,000 scouts every year. With conservation and environmental stewardship a part of the Boy Scout program, HHCSR has an Ecology Program which includes a fruit tree orchard and a tallgrass prairie reconstruction. The bees provided by The Honeybee Conservancy help provide hands-on conservation experience to local Boy Scouts as well as teach them about the importance of pollinators. The hive serves as an educational resource for several merit badges, as well as for ecology instruction.