Conservation Efforts

In Your Backyard

Bees and Certified Backyard Habitat Project

photo of Steve with beesHappy Hollow has developed an extensive beekeeping program in the last several years. We offer year round adult beekeeping classes and our goal is to provide information on the worldwide bee issue as well as serve as a role model in providing ideas for bee-friendly landscaping. 

In April 2015, we opened the “Backyard Habitat” exhibit, which serves as a model providing the community with ideas on how to provide the necessities to attract wildlife to their backyards (no matter the size) and establishing wildlife corridors in the Bay Area. The garden showcases native, drought tolerant and pollinator attracting plants as well as several bee hives and a honey bee observation hive. 

HHPZ received backyard habitat certification with National Wildlife Federation in 2007. 

How You Can Help

Without bees, there would be no strawberries, chocolate or almonds! Cotton would be hard to come by, as well as that morning cup of coffee. And medicines developed from flowering plants would be even harder to find.  Bees are having a hardtime - from pesticides to ravaging diseases, bees need our help! Want to help the bees? Plant a garden. By planting your very own bee friendly garden – you can keep our friends buzzing happily along and pollinating the world’s crops. For more great facts on bees go to,

The Backyard habitat Garden in the lower Zoo has been planted to attract wildlife, in particularlocal bees and honey bees. Thanks to Steve Demkowski, fondly known as the “Bee Guy”, Happy Hollow now has an observation honeybee hive in the Backyard Habitat in the lower Zoo.

Want to plant to attract wildlife to your yard? Here are several websites that can help: 

UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab:
The Xerces Society:
US Fish and Wildlife Service:

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Seafood Watch Program

Love seafood? So do we! And we like to know that it's caught or farmed in ways that support a healthy environment. Sadly, some of our favorite fish are disappearing, but other seafoods are doing fine. Your choice can make a difference to our oceans! The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Guide can help you choose seafood that's ocean friendly.

What is Seafood Watch? Seafood Watch is a Monterey Bay Aquarium program designed to raise consumer awareness about the importance of buying seafood from sustainable sources. Based on research, they recommend which seafood to buy or avoid, helping consumers to become advocates for environmentally friendly seafood. Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is proud to partner with the Monterey Bay Aquarium in helping to protect and conserve our oceans and its resources. You can also call 408-794-6404 and request to have more cards mailed to you, for all your friends! Together we can make a difference for our oceans! 

Happy Hollow has been working with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program since 2001 and continues this full partnership to this day. 

 Association of Zoos and Aquariums Happy Hollow FoundationSpecies Survival Plan