Request a Guided Tour

Children viewing bees
Guided tours with a trained docent are available between mid-March and mid-October for groups of at least five people. Groups of 30 or more will be divided into smaller groups; each section will complete all parts of the tour. Content is suitable for ages six and older.

Tours are available as follows, depending on docent availability. Tuesday tours are plant-focused and are intended for gardening clubs, Master Gardener Volunteer groups, or others with a special interest in plants.

To request a tour, please email [email protected] with “Tour request”, the date and time desired, and the number in your group in the subject line. Tours must be requested at least 7 days in advance of the desired date. Messages without this information in the subject line may not be answered in a timely manner.

Please allow one week for a reply. Due to limited docent availability, requesting a tour is not a guarantee that your tour will be scheduled. All scheduled tours will be confirmed; please check your spam filter and mailbox quota if you don’t receive a reply. We appreciate your understanding.

Tours last 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of the group. There is a fee of $5 per person for participants six and older; younger children may join the group at no charge.  All fees support the garden’s operation.

Tours are also available at other times, free of charge, for University of California classes and organizations as well as for beekeeping- and horticulture industry-affiliated groups. Please indicate your affiliation and desired time when requesting your tour. University of California requests must be sent via a valid UC email address.

We offer tours for the general public and tours for school groups. The content is as follows:

General tours

  • History and purpose of the garden: concept to reality, how it’s used, supported, and maintained
  • Honey bees and other bee pollinators: biology, economic importance, why they’re in trouble and what’s being done to help
  • Plants: what is pollination, how the garden’s plants are selected and grown
  • Honey bee hive: see the bees at work
  • Bees and food production: key crops and how they are pollinated, UC Davis research, ideas for home food gardens
  • What you can do: applying principles of bee biology and ecology in your own garden, how to build and maintain a bee garden, how to observe and study bees, supporting bee outreach and research

School group tours

  • Content is grade-appropriate and is based on the Science Content Standards for California Public Schools:
  • Why bees, pollination, and the Haven are important
  • Bee and flower biology and structure and how they are related
  • Overview of common bee and plant species in the garden
  • Student collection and observation of live bees

Plant-focused tours

  • Target audience is garden clubs and Master Gardener volunteers
  • Overview of the Haven’s plants and how they are selected and grown
  • Bee garden design and maintenance
  • Bee gardening resources
  • Common bees in urban flower and food gardens

Only authorized docents may lead tours in the Haven. For more information, please email  us.

Cancellation policy: bees are not active during cool, wet, windy, or cloudy weather. Due to our exposed location, the garden is often windier than other parts of campus or Davis. Under these conditions, however, other garden features such as plants and bee houses can still be observed. Should you wish to cancel your tour, we require at notice at least two hours prior to your scheduled tour time. To cancel and receive a refund of your tour fee, please email us. No refunds will be given for tours cancelled with less than two hours notice or for no-shows.

Click here for more information on planning your visit. Please note that we do not have drinking water, restrooms, or trash service at the garden. Nearest campus services are here.

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