Beginning Beekeeping

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Do you currently have a hive, plan to start one soon, or just want to know more about bees? If so, this class is for you!

When: Select a date from the menu. Classes are usually held Wednesdays or Saturdays from 6:00PM-9:00PM

Where: 1551 SE Poplar Ave, Portland, OR 97214

We'll be covering:

  • The basics of honey bees
  • Popular hive designs
  • Top bar hive, Warre hive or foundationless Langstroth hive -- which is right for you?
  • Managing backyard hives
  • You've got bees in your hive, now what do you do?
  • Question and answer

There are 25 spots available for this class and they will be going quickly! Buy online through our website prior to the event to guarantee yourself a spot and save $5! If space allows, entry at the door will be $35. The cost of the class can be deducted from the purchase of a hive. Children 12 or under are free! 

"Our customers agree, we host the best beekeeping classes for all people. Our beginning beekeeping curriculum is more than just a topical overview of honeybees--our instructors categorically cover the range of topics of honeybee biology, history of beekeeping, and what it's like to be a modern beekeeper in today's society. Time spent covering the different models of beehives helps find the best fit for every customer." 

Cameron, Bee Thinking Customer Service Manager

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Cindy C.

    loved this class. For a

    loved this class. For a beginner, I learned a lot! Great instructor!

    Reta L.

      Great class! Can't wait for

      Great class! Can't wait for the next one.

      Tom K.

        very good opening class! well

        very good opening class! well instructed looking to get bees in June will come by to talk then thank you tom

        Gerald D.

          Healthy bees, settled right in

          Healthy bees, settled right in to the hive. Terrific support from staff. Couldn't ask for anything more.

          Angela B.

            Wonderful class! Have read a

            Wonderful class! Have read a lot of books and blogs on beekeeping and still found this class wonderfully informative and interesting. Hoping there will be beekeeping 102 in the future.

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