Bees & Beekeeping at Mass Audubon

Observation beehive at Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary's annual Farm Day
Observation beehive at Daniel Webster

Ever wonder what those honeybees do to make that delicious honey? Or where they come from, how they survive, what they do for us, and why we keep them?

You can learn more about bees by taking a program or visiting our wildlife sanctuaries that have special homes for bees!

  • Boston Nature Center in Mattapan offers an observation hive that allows the public to watch bees busy at work.
  • Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester has a native bee nesting box (or "bee hotel") installed near the visitor center.
  • Drumlin Farm in Lincoln has honeybee hives and native bumblebee houses.
  • Habitat Education Center in Belmont has beehives in view behind the community garden.
  • Ipswich River in Topsfield has solitary bee and wasp nest boxes built by Boy Scout Matt Lebel and his troop as part of his Eagle Scout project.
  • Long Pasture in Barnstable, Stony Brook in Norfolk, and Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton, give you the chance to peer inside a hive with their honeybee hives on exhibit.
  • North River has several bee hotels in their native plant garden to attract native bees and beetles.