Aug 06, 2013
The Center is involved in many programs and projects designed to help interested individuals learn more about honey, bees and beekeeping, and pollinators and pollination.

Collaboration with the UCD Dept of Entomology & Nematology

1. Master Beekeeping Program
2. Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven Educational Initiative
3. Bee Symposium: Keeping Bees Healthy

Quick Look: Resources for Beekeepers and Interested Individuals

1. What's Happening Locally?
2. Bee involved
3. Beekeeper Clubs & Associations
4. Miscellaneous Links



The Department of Entomology and Nematology is renowned for its quality research, education and public service. The department hosts seminars for anyone interested. If you have an insect question, you can email lskimsey@ucdavis.edu or call (530) 752-0493.

Master Beekeeping Program

Master Beekeeping

The interest in bees and beekeeping is growing throughout the country. This is a way to encourage beekeeping at the urban and homesteader levels, small hobbyists who would like to share their knowledge. We hope to include the various bee clubs throughout the state and encourage beginning beekeepers to be associated with a mentor in order to ensure an ongoing interest in keeping bees and helping others to do the same. It will be long time until there are too many beehives in any given area.

The Apprentice Level program has debuted with two tests on September 11, 2016 and September 18, 2016 with 51 new Apprentice level Master Beekeepers. Applications for next year are open.

Our team members:

With funding from:

  • Honey & Pollination Center
  • College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences
  • Kaiser Foundation
  • Spring Creek


For more information, please visit the official page: HERE

Join the CAMBP Newsletter: HERE


 Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven Educational Initiative

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Developing a program to help grade school students learn about honey bees and pollinators--program to be premiered in Fall 2016.

  • Developing a tour curriculum
  • Hands-on program
  • Student-led tours



Map to the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven

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Bee Symposium: Keeping Bees Healthy

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Bee Syumposium Logo

UC Davis was recently ranked #1 nationally for its Department of Entomology and Nematology, and continues to lead the way in agricultural innovation and sustainability, in part through fostering pollinator-related research and conferences, like the Bee Symposium.

The 2017 Bee Symposium will be on Sunday, May 7, 2017, preceded by the first annual California Honey Festival on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Take a look at our 2016 Bee Symposium: HERE




What's Happening Locally?

UC Davis one of the world's leading cross-disciplinary research and teaching institutions in agriculture, offering short courses, extension courses, and classes for individuals of all levels.

UC Davis Department of Food Science and Technology

The UC Davis College of Agriculture is #1 of its kind in the world. The Department of Food Science & Technology is internationally recognized to make food safer, tastier, and healthier for consumers. The department hosts many various extension programs and seminars for diverse areas of the food industry, including brewing, cheese making, food processing, food safety, and more.

Bohart Museum of Entomology

The R. M. Bohart Museum of Entomology, founded in 1946, is located on the University of California, Davis campus. The museum is dedicated to teaching, research and service. They have the seventh largest insect collection in North America, and is worldwide in coverage. Hours are open to the public Monday through Thursday (9:00AM - 12:00PM, 1:00PM - 5:00PM) and open house/special weekend hours

UC Davis Arboretum

With 100-acres of beautiful gardens, plant collections and exhibits, this 24-hour free garden is one not to miss. They have occasional plant sales, guided tours, and even folk jam sessions for anyone interested. Check out their calendar of events: HERE

UC Davis Häagen-Dazs Bee Garden

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. It was planted in Fall 2009 thanks to a generous gift from Häagen-Dazs. The garden is open year-round, from dawn to dusk. Admission is free. Guided tours are $3 per person. 

California Center for Urban Horticulture

The California Center for Urban Horticulture (CCUH) is located at the University of California, Davis to help Californians develop more water-conserving, pest-resistant and disease-resistant home gardens, create environmentally sound public landscapes and parks, produce better plant materials for sustainable urban landscapes, and to address the state's growing water demands to improve the quality of urban life.

Be Involved

Want to learn more about honey and bees or take your business to the next level?

UC Davis Extension Program

Since 1960 UC Davis Extension has been offering continuing education courses to the greater Sacramento region and beyond. Areas of study include: Agriculture and Food Science, Environment and Sustainability, Land Use and Natural Resources, and more. Expand your knowledge base with these courses open to everyone.

Good Food Awards

Amina Harris is the Chair of the honey division of the Good Food Awards. Every year, applications open in July and awards are given in July. This year, winners from 13 different categories will be awarded: beer, cider, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, honey, pickles, preserve, spirits, oil and the newest category, pantry.

View the criteria for honey here

Your Own Garden

Interested in helping bees at your personal home? Check out these links to help you make your garden more bee-friendly.

  • Picking Your Plants
    • The Arboretum developed an All-Stars database of 100 reliable Californian plants you can plant in your garden: HERE
    • Use the California Center for Urban Horticulture's (CCUH) database to find plants reliable for your region: HERE
  • Managing Your Lawn
    • All you need to know to develop your lawn using little or no pesticides: HERE
  • Gardening Tips
    • Tips to attract bees by CCUH: HERE

Beekeeper's Clubs & Associations


Beekeeper's Association of Southern California (BASC)
California State Bee Keepers Association
Central Valley Beekeepers Association
Delta Bee Club
Los Angeles County Beekeepers
Marin County Beekeepers Association
Mount Diablo Beekeepers Association
Orange County Beekeepers Association
Partners for Sustainable Pollination
Sacramento Area Beekeepers Association
Sonoma County Beekeepers Association


Central Oregon Beekeepers Association
Oregon Bee Clubs list, site & contact information
Oregon State Beekeepers Association
Southern Oregon Beekeepers Association
Willamette Valley Beekeepers Association


Washington State's Beekeeping Association list of local groups


Interested in learning more? Here are some links we love.


Links provided by the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute, UC Davis
Contact: Amina Harris honey.ucdavis.edu
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Honey Curried Pecans

Yummy and spicy. These are a REAL hit over and over.
Try this recipe with an assortment of nuts including filberts, walnuts and almonds.
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp Kosher salt
3/4 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp Honey
3 cups pecan halves (or other nuts)
Combine the spices in a small bowl and blend well.
Melt butter and honey in a saucepan over medium heat. Add pecans and stir until coated. Add spice mixture and stir until evenly spread throughout the nuts. spread pecans in a single layer on a foil lined baking cheet.
Bake at 250 degrees until dry and toasted. 40 - 50 minutes.
Cool completely and store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Honey Rum Balls

EASY Holiday Favorite!
3/8 cup dark rum
3/8 cup honey
2 cups ground vanilla wafers
2 1/4 cups chopped walnuts
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
cocoa powder and/or confectioner's sugar for dusting
Combine ALL ingredients - rum, honey, vanilla, wafer crumbs, walnuts and cocoa powder
Shape into one inch balls. Roll in cocoa powder or confectioner's sugar.
Store in a tightly covered container. Keep cool.
Serve to very happy guests!

Upcoming Events at the Center

  • April 18, 2017: World of Honey Tasting Series (International)
  • April 22, 2017: Picnic Day
  • May 5-6, 2017: California Honey Festival (Woodland, CA)
  • May 7, 2017: 2017 Bee Symposium
  • June 19-22, 2017: Advanced Mead Making


Other Campus Events

Winter 2017

Winter 2017: Seminars (UCD Entomology & Nematology)


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