Win Tickets ($20): Portland Tour de Hives | North, Northeast, Southeast, Visit Hives and Learn About Urban Beekeeping

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Portland Tour de Hives on June 26-26. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, June 20.



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From our sponsors:
TourdehivesTour de Hives
June 25-26, 2016
$10
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Fed up with facial hair and fixies? Blasé about backyard chickens? Maybe what you need is a pollinator’s eye view of Portland’s latest obsession. Despite global worries over Colony Collapse Disorder, honey bees are thriving across our city. On June 25 and 26, local beekeepers invite you to visit their hives and learn the how and why of urban beekeeping.

“Bees can get a bum rap,” acknowledges Bill Catherall, president of Portland Urban Beekeepers, the local education, outreach, and advocacy organization that sponsors the annual Tour de Hives event. “But there’s no reason to be afraid. Beekeepers live safely with hundreds of thousands of honeybees in the hives around our homes. Our ecosystem depends on them, our gardens thrive because of them, and our families and friends are fascinated by watching them. Each year, we offer Tour de Hives as a way to educate the public about these wonderful creatures.”

The tour of backyard hives has proved so popular that this year, it’s expanding into a two-day event, featuring bee hives in North and Northeast Portland on Saturday, June 25, and bee hives in Southeast Portland on Sunday, June 26. Tickets are $10 and are good for both days. With your ticket, you get a map, so you can plan your own tour route among the hives on display. Of course, Portland being Portland, some Tour de Hives hosts also have chickens or mason bees, plus beautiful gardens to admire when you go. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://tourdehives.com

Some people go on Tour de Hives out of simple curiosity. Others are preparing to become beekeepers themselves. Portland novelist Lois Leveen went on Tour de Hives in 2013, while researching a book set in medieval Italy in which one character was a beekeeper. “I just fell in love with what I saw,” Leveen says. “The sights, sounds, and smells of the hive were so powerful, the bees became a huge part of my novel, and my life.” She ended up with two hives in her yard, and she became an advocate on local beekeeping ordinances.

“We don’t expect everyone who attends to decide to be a beekeeper,” Catherall acknowledges. “It’s a fun event for families, a great way to learn about the importance of pollinators, and a fundraiser for the bee lab at Oregon State University, which does research to improve the survival of bees locally and around the world.” Need one more reason to attend? Some beekeepers sell honey produced by their hives, so you can get a sweet taste of the beekeeping lifestyle.

About Portland Urban Beekeepers:
Portland Urban Beekeepers (PUB) is a non-profit organization of beekeepers that provides community, advocacy, and education for those interested in raising honey bees and supporting their presence in the environment. PUB is an official chapter of the Oregon State Beekeepers Association, and welcomes the public to their free monthly meeting on the first Wednesday of every month. http://portlandurbanbeekeepers.org/

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31 Responses to Win Tickets ($20): Portland Tour de Hives | North, Northeast, Southeast, Visit Hives and Learn About Urban Beekeeping

  1. Erica June 1, 2016 at 8:46 pm #

    I would love to attend this! I just witnessed a swarm being collected for the first time and was blown away. Bee’s are way too cool!

    • Lois June 20, 2016 at 2:16 pm #

      Thanks for entering — PDX Pipeline picked someone else to win, but at $10 per ticket, it’s still a great deal for a two-day event. If you’re interested, you can learn more at https://tourdehives.com/tickets/

      You’ll get directions from there. And please tell your friends about this event.

      Buzz on!

  2. Tiffany June 1, 2016 at 11:02 pm #

    I’ve been watching the struggles bees face with alarm for many years, knowing how important they are to humanity. When I moved the the PNW last year, I fell in love with the friendly, laid-back bees up here. I’m planning to plant my own pollinators garden in my backyard to provide a little sort of oasis for our pollinators and have been asking around for any beekeeper who might be willing to show us (myself & 2 small kids) around their farm. I’d love to get ideas and chat with local beekeepers!

    • Lois June 20, 2016 at 2:17 pm #

      Hi Tiffany,
      Thanks for entering — PDX Pipeline picked someone else to win, but at $10 per ticket, it’s still a great deal for a two-day event. If you’re interested, you can learn more at https://tourdehives.com/tickets/

      You’ll get directions from there. And please tell your friends about this event.

      You can also come to any PortlandUrbanBeekeepers meeting, the first Wednesday of the month at Alberta Abbey. The meeting is always free — but no bees are there.

      Buzz on!

  3. Rae June 2, 2016 at 2:13 pm #

    This would beeee super fun and educational!

    • Lois June 20, 2016 at 2:17 pm #

      Thanks for entering — PDX Pipeline picked someone else to win, but at $10 per ticket, it’s still a great deal for a two-day event. If you’re interested, you can learn more at https://tourdehives.com/tickets/

      You’ll get directions from there. And please tell your friends about this event.

      You can also come to any PortlandUrbanBeekeepers meeting, the first Wednesday of the month at Alberta Abbey. The meeting is always free — but no bees are there.

      Buzz on!

  4. margit June 2, 2016 at 5:44 pm #

    Ready to buzzzzzzz!

  5. Ben June 2, 2016 at 5:59 pm #

    My friend in se just showed me his hive in his backyard. It’s pretty amazing. I would love to learn more about the hobby.

  6. Sarah June 3, 2016 at 8:34 am #

    With allergy season as bad as it is around here, bees give me a reason for the season!

  7. Melo d June 3, 2016 at 11:48 am #

    This would be part of a Bee themed birthday gift for my pollinator-loving teenager
    and would be a sweet thing to do together.
    We want to try bee keeping but can’t stand the idea that being to much of a novice might create a catastrophe for the first hives.

  8. Scott June 6, 2016 at 7:43 am #

    My girlfriend and I would love to attend and get into this hobby :)

  9. Miranda T. June 6, 2016 at 12:43 pm #

    This would be enlightening and inspiring – my partner and I made a big installation last year using video projections of beehives. *I love the sound of a hive*

  10. Molli Vandehey June 6, 2016 at 5:41 pm #

    im really interested in keeping bees.

  11. Angela June 7, 2016 at 8:23 am #

    This sounds fascinating!

  12. Terrie Morgan June 7, 2016 at 4:04 pm #

    Just aquire 2 hives. Ready to learn!

  13. lauren scher June 7, 2016 at 10:04 pm #

    Bees! What a fun event

  14. Brian June 9, 2016 at 3:27 pm #

    It would bee so fun.

  15. Sarah June 10, 2016 at 7:50 am #

    Wow, what a fun event! I have a friend who keeps bees who I’d love to bring along, and I’ve been wanting to learn myself.

  16. Jaime June 10, 2016 at 2:16 pm #

    I would love to win tickets. This is fascinating stuff!

  17. Christine June 11, 2016 at 9:35 am #

    My dad started beekeeping and would love to attend!

  18. panda June 11, 2016 at 5:29 pm #

    you’re a beecharmer

  19. Mary June 14, 2016 at 7:21 am #

    I’m turning 30 on the 25th and I am so passionate about bees, I’d love to see what others are doing to save them!

  20. Kate O'Brien June 14, 2016 at 12:51 pm #

    I have BEEn wanting to get into beekeeping for while and will attend regardless, but winning tickets will be fun!

  21. Claire June 14, 2016 at 1:15 pm #

    I’ve had a hunch beekeeping might be my passion. This would be the perfect entree!

  22. Charity June 14, 2016 at 1:35 pm #

    This looks like a great way to get to know local be keepers.

  23. Lauryl June 14, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

    I want to go

  24. Tayler Jenkins June 14, 2016 at 4:10 pm #

    I recently had to remove my beehive due to a neighbor complaint. :( I would love to attend Tour de Hives to see how others are doing it!

  25. 503geek June 16, 2016 at 4:14 pm #

    I have a bunch of mason bees but thats it… let me know if I could go for free PIPELINE IS THE BEST!

  26. Bunny June 17, 2016 at 4:18 pm #

    Bees for life!!

  27. Alicia June 18, 2016 at 3:23 pm #

    OMG… If you knew how much I love bees… I can’t wait for this tour

  28. Gary Ferguson June 24, 2016 at 1:59 pm #

    I have been wanting to start some hives. this would be a great opportunity to see how its done.
    I cant wait!

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