Help us protect the precious pollinators responsible for 1 in 3 bites of food.


Our flagship program places native bee homes and honeybee hives with community organizations ranging from food banks to gardens to schools to bolster local ecology and build community resilience. 

TAKE ACTION: #BeeTheSolution

Check out 10 easy ways you can help protect bees and their habitat, while building communities and food justice.


Discover the magic of bees, beekeeping, and sustainablity. Whether you want to become a beekeeper or simply share the power of pollinators with children, The Bee Conservancy’s courses and resources accommodate a broad range of age and experience levels.  

Protecting Bees, Building Habitat, and Strengthening Communities Together

A New Era for The Honeybee Conservancy

After a wonderful decade as The Honeybee Conservancy, we are thrilled to share we’ve relaunched as The Bee Conservancy to better capture our expanded mission to protect all bee species around the world.

Bees lie at the heart of our survival. They pollinate 1 in 3 bites of food we eat and are essential to the health and prosperity of countless ecosystems.

However, bees are in peril. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, more than half of North America’s 4,000 native bee species are in decline, with 1 in 4 species at risk of extinction.

The Bee Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting bees, safeguarding the environment, and securing food justice through community-based education, research, habitat creation, and advocacy. We strive towards a day when all bee populations thrive in protected habitats, and are supported by an engaged global network.

Native Bee Species in North America

Did you know that there are more than 20,000 species of bees around the world? About 1/5 of them pollinate plants across North America.

Species Are at Risk of Extinction

According to the Center for Biological Diversity, more than half of North America’s 4,000 native bee species are in decline, with 1 in 4 species at risk of extinction.

Bites of Food Pollinated by Bees

Bees are an essential part of our agriculture, pollinating many fruits, nuts, and vegetables.  Their health directly impacts food security.


Why Bees?

Inside Our Story

The Bee Conservancy strives to be a better world for bees and communities everywhere.

Take a peek inside our hive to learn more about why we started this organization, the impact of bees on our daily lives and ecosystems, and the challenges bees face today.

Video courtesy of APlus media.

Beekeeping Awards and Scholarships

A thorough and ongoing education is essential to keeping honey bees — and in turn, local ecosystems — healthy and thriving. The Bee Conservancy has partnered with Zarbee’s and Texas Roadhouse to provide learning opportunities at Cornell University for growers, teachers, and beekeepers whose work advances food justice, education, and environmental conservation.

Food Justice Beekeeper Program

Gardeners and farmers in Washington (D.C.), Baltimore, (MD), Philadelphia (PA), Newark (NJ) can apply for beekeeper training and equipment to support their food justice organization. 

Beginner Beekeeper Program

Individuals working in education, environmental conservation, or food justice can apply for a scholarship to eCornell’s Beekeeping Essentials course. Sponsored by Texas Roadhouse.

Master Beekeeper Program

Mid-level beekeepers can dive deeper into their craft and advance honey bee health with a scholarship to eCornell’s Master Beekeeper certification. Sponsord by Texas Roadhouse.

Solitary Native Bee