TASHJIAN BEE & POLLINATOR DISCOVERY CENTER

3210 West 82nd St., Chaska, MN 55318
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PUBLIC HOURS
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
Noon - 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

ARBORETUM ENTRY

WINTER
Do NOT enter the Arboretum through the main gatehouse entrance. The Bee Center is not accessible from this entrance from Noveber - April. See Winter Directions below.

SUMMER
As you enter the Arboretum, tell the gatehouse you are headed to the Bee Center and they can assist you with additional directions, either from 3-Mile Drive, or direct access off 82nd Street.

PARKING
FREE Parking

DO NOT park in the main Arboretum Visitor Center lots. The Bee Center is 2 miles away from the main lots. Follow the directions below to the Bee Center. The Bee Center has an ample free parking area.

Winter
ACCESS VIA 82nd STREET  
(ONLY accessible in winter OR year-round for Classes/Groups)

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• Exit the Arboretum via the gatehouse on Arboretum Dr.
• Turn right on Highway 5/Arboretum Blvd and go east to County Road 41/Hazeltine
Blvd (0.6 miles).
• Turn right, at the light, on County Road 41/Hazeltine Blvd and go south to West 82nd
St (0.5 miles).
• Turn right, at the light, on West 82nd St and follow the street west to the gated
Arboretum entrance (0.3 miles). West 82nd St makes a sharp left turn just before this
entrance.
• Turn right and drive up to the gate. The Bee Center and Red Barn is in front of you and
a callbox is on your right.
• To open the gate, press the center button on the callbox.
• If the Bee Center attendant does not open the gate, enter 24 on the callbox keypad.
• When the gate opens, drive ahead to the Bee Center parking lot.

DIRECTIONS

Spring-Summer-Fall
ACCESS VIA THREE-MILE DRIVE (NOT accessible in winter)
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• Enter the Arboretum through the Highway 5/Arboretum Blvd main entrance.
• Drive past the gatehouse and the Visitor Center.
• Turn left immediately after the Visitor Center and turn left again at the T-intersection.
• Go up the hill and turn right on Three-Mile Drive.
• Follow Three-Mile Drive past the Prairie, Harrison Sculpture Garden, and Shrub Collections to
the Hedge Display.
• Turn right into the Hedge Display parking lot.
• At the end of the parking lot, turn left on Eastern Drive.
• Follow Eastern Drive for about 1 mile to the Bee Center.
• Park in the Bee Center lot and enter the Bee Center.

 

 


DESCRIPTION

The Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center serves as a hub for community outreach and education that is grounded in the world-renowned bee research of University of Minnesota Scientist Marla Spivak, Ph.D. Displays use macro-photography of flowers and pollinators, and exhibits offer insights into honey bees, wild bees, Monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

This building contains an Exhibit Hall, the McVay Learning Lab, a Honey House, a working bee apiary, a covered picnic area, and gardens filled with pollinator-friendly plantings.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Neither food nor drink are available for purchase on the premises.

LOCATION LIST - TASHJIAN BEE AND POLLINATOR DISCOVERY CENTER

  • McVay Learning Lab
  • Apiary
  • Picnic Area
  • Honey House
  • Exhibit Hall