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Vision for a New Bee Center

Bringing Back a Bee Friendly World

Hand with honey beesBees fascinate and inspire people, young and old. Bees improve our health and nutrition through pollination of fruits and vegetables. They produce honey, a delicious natural sweetener and an effective burn and wound remedy. They collect tree resins, called propolis, which have remarkable antimicrobial properties that benefit human and bee health.

Bees are vital to our lives.

But bee health is failing due to a paucity of bee-friendly flowers, chronic exposure to pesticides, and debilitating diseases, and parasites.

Bees need our help.

Our vision

Join us in our effort to bring back a bee friendly world.

Our vision is to create research and discovery facilities to showcase the beauty and complexity of the bee society and their direct connection to food, agriculture, floral landscapes, and medicine.

The Bee Research and Discovery Center will be unique among bee labs nationally. The center will encompass two prominent sites at the University of Minnesota: the Research and Teaching facility will be on the St. Paul Campus and Public Education and Discovery facility will be at the Landscape Arboretum.

The Public Discovery facility has recently received funding from a generous donation through the Landscape Arboretum, and plans are underway for its construction.

We are now seeking funding for the most essential space: the Research and Teaching facility.

Research and Teaching Space: The Essential Core
Honey bees, our nation's most vital pollinators of natural, urban and agricultural ecosystems, are being threatened by diseases, parasitic mites, pesticides and habitat destruction, which in turn threatens our nation's food supply. The University of Minnesota has maintained an internationally recognized research, teaching and extension program on honey bees since 1918. Given that Minnesota is the fifth largest honey producing state in the nation, North Dakota is second and South Dakota is ranked fourth, the program at the University of Minnesota is uniquely situated at the heart of apiculture activity in the United States, and is a premier provider of bee research and teaching.

The current bee research facility on St. Paul campus is no longer adequate to accommodate the growing and urgent need for increased bee research and beekeeper training. A new state-of-the-art Research and Teaching facility will be transformative for bee research. This facility will efficiently combine research and teaching space to improve bee health and biodiversity, train new undergraduate and graduate students, mentor new beekeepers and assist commercial and backyard beekeepers. The new research facility will showcase the importance of bees to agriculture and to human nutrition, health and food safety. And it will expand and enhance our internationally recognized research program and provide substantial benefits to the University through increased federal funding and interdisciplinary and international collaborations.

Bee Landscaping
The Research Space surroundings will be artfully landscaped with bee-pollinated trees, shrubs, and gardens. Here students can experience floral landscapes from the perspective of a pollinator and appreciate how pollinators, in turn, shape our environment. Landscape designs will teach how everyone can help to improve habitat , protect bees from harmful pesticides and promote bee health and diversity.

Vision for a New Bee Center.

How you can help

With your help, bees will survive. With your help, bee research and education will thrive for generations to come. Through your generosity, the private funds we raise for the Center for Bee Research and Discovery at the University of Minnesota will:
• Construct a state-of-the-art research facility on St Paul campus
• Construct a public space at the Landscape Arboretum to showcase a friendly world from a bee’s perspective
• Endow a faculty chair to attract and retain top faculty in this critical research specialty
• Establish a graduate fellowship to train tomorrow's experts

Support Excellence! Support Bees!

The Important Life of Bees

Protecting Agriculture

"Together, we can protect American agriculture and the food we eat every day by helping the honey bee get back on its own six feet." - Professor Marla Spivak, Entomologist and honey bee expert at the University of Minnesota


Make a Gift


If you have any questions, concerns or comments about making a gift, please contact:

Amy Alch
Development Officer

Bee Research and Discovery Center
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
235 Skok Hall
2003 Upper Buford Circle
St. Paul, MN 55108


We invite you to join our effort to help bees