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Vision for a New Bee Center

Bringing Back a Bee Friendly World


At the University of Minnesota, we’re discovering solutions every day to protect bees, which in turn will help to protect our food supply and human health.

The university plans to build two new facilities: A new Bee and Pollinator Research Lab will be located on the St Paul campus, and a Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center, for the public, at the University of MN Landscape Arboretum.

Scientific Research
St. Paul Campus Bee and Pollinator Research Lab

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A new, state-of-the-art Bee and Pollinator Research Lab will centralize and facilitate the important bee research projects currently underway. The facility will expand and enhance the group’s internationally recognized research and teaching program and provide opportunities for enhanced interdisciplinary and international collaborations.

Bonding to build a new bee lab research facility on the St. Paul campus has been approved by the Minnesota Legislature! A new 12,000-square foot laboratory will consolidate lab space, honey extraction, observation hive space, offices and equipment space.

Building the new Bee Lab facility will cost about $6 million. State-funded bonds will cover two thirds of the cost of the project. The remaining $2 million must be funded through private gifts. To date, gifts and commitments of almost $ 1 million have been secured for this project.


Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

At the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
A Public Facility for Education and Outreach

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The Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum will offer year-round hands-on learning experiences for all ages in a new state-of-the-art facility. Through indoor and outdoor exhibits, demonstration plantings, and innovative programming, visitors will have a chance to engage with both timely and timeless information. 

From visitors who want to explore the lives of bees on their own to thousands of k-12 students who come to the Arboretum for a field trip, children and adults will have an opportunity to discover the lives of bees, their agricultural and ecological importance as pollinators and the essential, fascinating and delicious ways our human lives intersect with theirs. 

Features of the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center will include:


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