One of the main goals for the Pennsylvania Backyard Beekeepers Association (PBBA), is the ability reach out and educate the public to beekeeping as a rewarding and enjoyable hobby. We also want to provide ample opportunity for individuals interested in becoming beekeepers, schools seeking educational opportunities, environmental groups, and anyone else interested, with as many places to go and seek out valuable information on bees, beekeeping, and how they can get involved.


Learning centers are places to find out more about honey bees, native and beneficial pollinators, and how property owners can help protect the environment.

Below are learning stations at environmental education learning and nature centers. We are proud to support many of the numerous Pennsylvania state parks. PBBA members assist with various programs in association with these learning centers. PBBA members will answer any questions, can assist in becoming a PBBA member, and provide information and assistance for potentially becoming a beekeeper. PBBA members are committed to being stewards, not just for bees, but for the greater benefit of the environment.


            PBBA Observation Hives & Learning Centers 


                         Maps and Directions can be located and found with

                               the search map at the bottom of this page


            Self guided information at learning centers:



Special Note: The PBBA has obtained permission from Pennsylvania Governor Corbett and the first lady, to install and maintain an apiary at the Governor's mansion in Harrisburg, Pa.

We are very grateful for the opportunity to allow the many school groups, educational programs, dignitaries, and special guests to the Governor's mansion the chance to learn and benefit from maintaining hives on the property. The hives are not open to the public without prior notification or special circumstances. The benefit and support extended by Governor Corbett and the first lady is far reaching and greatly appreciated. Click here for pictures and additional information about the PennApic apiary at the Governors Mansion in Harrisburg.



Adams County:


Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve - Installed 

Observation Hive and Learning Center

1537 Mount Hope Rd.  Fairfield, Pa. 17320

Hive coordinator: Kay & Jon Deardorff



Dauphin County:

 Governor's Residence in Harrisburg. - NOT INSTALLED!

PennApic maintains a working apiary at the Governor's residence. They are

accessible for special events and by appointment to the grounds. Not open daily to the public.

Apiary coordinators: Luke Cline, Tristan Saunders, Mike Thomas.

**We now have a working Apiary installed at the Lt. Governors residence at

Fort Indiantown Gap. These hives are within a gated community and only seen by

special occasion or by special request.

Apiary Coordinators: Bill Fisher, Luke Clive, Tristan Saunders, Mike Thomas


Lebanon County:

Clarence Schock Memorial Park at Governor Dick - Installed

3283 Pinch Rd. Lebanon, Pa. 17042



Hive Coordinator: Matthew Libhart




Lycoming County:


Little Pine State Park - Installed

4205 Little Pine Creek Rd.

Waterville, Pa. 17776 

Hive Coordinator: Duke & Jody Penneycoff 


Snyder County:


Susquehanna University - Installed

Observation hive and learning center maintained in the science building.

No access during the weekend. 

514 University Ave.

Selingsgrove, Pa. 17870 

Hive Coordinator: Dave Owens



York County:

Gifford Pinchot State Park - NOT INSTALLED

Learning center and observation hive located at the environmental center. Main office and park map located at 2200 Rosstown Rd, Lewisberry, Pa. 17339 Open most weekends throughout the summer. Call for hours and programs. Tel. 717-423-5011 (ask for Beth the naturalist)

Hive Coordinator: Julia Kurtz


PBBA members Luke Cline and David Thomas at

Strite's Orchard fall harvest festival 9-11-2010.

What a first class learning center that Luke has

installed for the public. Thank you!

The Pennsylvania Backyard Beekeepers Association

observation hive at Gifford Pinchot State Park.

(Beth Kepley, naturalist with the park, & bee friend!)

Get Directions To:
1537 Mount Hope Rd.
Fairfield Pa 17320
2910 New Holland Rd
Reading Pa. 19607
2951 Prospect Rd.
Slippery Rock Pa. 16057
500 Kings Gap Rd.
Carlisle Pa. 17015
1000 Strites Rd.
Harrisburg Pa. 17111
2200 Rosstown Rd
Lewisberry Pa. 17339
209 Fruitlyn Drive
Dallastown Pa. 17313
4205 Little Pine Creek Rd.
Waterville Pa. 17776
514 University Ave.
Selingsgrove Pa. 17870
201 Park Ave
Hershey Pa. 17033