Visitor Policy

A visit to the farm is entirely appropriate for adults & children of all ages. We do exist in part to educate visitors about the bees, but the farm is an environment of respect and compassion – communing with the beings here and meeting them up close is an integral part of the experience. When coming here, consider yourself a visitor who is a welcome and invited guest into their home and please respect their surroundings.

Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary is a non-profit organization dedicated to research and education about the honeybee. Your generous donation helps to preserve this sanctuary for the bees and for our future.

We do not charge an entry fee for visitors but encourage you to make a donation $5 if you are able.

Click here to make a donation, or donate in cash or check when you arrive and check in at the Sanctuary yurt.

To ensure a safe and pleasant visit, Spikenard Farm asks visitors to observe the following rules of etiquette:

BEE SAFETY
Please be aware that this is a sanctuary for bees and they will be everywhere during your visit. Honeybees are very gentle creatures but they will sting if stepped on, swatted or if they feel threatened. Some people are not aware that they are seriously allergic to bee stings until they are actually stung. Dark colors and some perfumes seem to agitate the bees so it is best to wear light colored clothing and avoid strongly-scented products during your visit. Visitors to the sanctuary accept the risks associated with this environment. Spikenard Farm will not be responsible for any injuries while visiting the farm.

PETS
No pets are allowed on the farm. Guide and/or service dogs are welcome.

CELL PHONES
For the health of the bees, please turn off your cell phones at the sanctuary.

ACCESSIBILITY
While most of the farm is reachable by wheelchair, the ground is rugged (steep, gravel & grass) and can be tough-going. We recommend 2 people per wheelchair to help navigate bumps.

INCLEMENT WEATHER
The farm does not close for bad weather and you are welcome to visit even if it is raining, but we ask that you please watch your footing as there are some locations on the grounds where the hills are steep. Also, please be aware that there is limited shelter at the sanctuary and lightning & high winds can be dangerous during a storm.

RESTROOMS
The bathhouse has indoor restrooms and running water at the top of the hill, and we also have a comfort station located next to the caretaker cottage.

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COLLECTING
Please leave flowers, plants & animals for everyone to enjoy. Do not collect or remove seeds, flowers, fruits, and vegetables, bees, plant labels, etc.

ARTISTS
Artists are always welcome at the sanctuary – the bees love artistic souls! If you will be working on a project that requires a chair, stool or easel set up for an extended period, please check in with us first so we can assist you in choosing an appropriate spot. Also, we ask that Watercolor artists please take their waste water with them and dispose of it off-site.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Photographs are a wonderful way to remember your visit to Spikenard Farm. We encourage visitors to take casual photographs for their own personal use.  If you are taking photographs with your cellphone, please make sure to switch it to ‘airplane mode’.

As a non-profit organization, Spikenard Farm charges a photography session fee of $75 for photographers using the grounds to take pictures for financial benefit (portrait photography, commercial, advertising, or promotional purposes or who intend to sell photos or use them for any type of commercial purposes including publishing, marketing, educational materials, products and retail merchandise, general and web advertising, or broadcast, is required to pay the session fee).

SMOKING
The entire sanctuary is a tobacco-free environment.

LITTER
We care about the environment. Please take your trash with you when you leave as we do not have appropriate disposal facilities on site.

-Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.