Adopt A Hive! – One Year

$200.00

Help us in our mission to sustainably care for hives in one of our natural and organic apiaries by adopting your very own hive! We often exhaust our resources providing honey bee colonies new homes when we relocate swarms from the city to sustainable rural environments. But, for just over 50 cents a day, you can help us cover a portion of the large cost of beekeeping equipment and hive maintenance needed to properly care for a colony.

Not a beekeeper, don’t have land space, or don’t have the time to learn but still want to help the declining bee population? This is the perfect opportunity for you to get involved! We care for your hive in one of our sustainable apiaries.

 

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Adopt A Hive: Benefits

In thanks for a one year adoption of a hive, we & the bees will gift you:

– Behind The Scenes Beekeeping – Hive & Apiary Tour
Suit up like a beekeeper for a private tour for you and up to 5 guests. The tour includes a short presentation, live hive tour (w/ real bees) and a Q&A session with beekeepers with honey based hors d’oeuvres as a snack. Tours usually take 1 hour and are held May – October. Minimum age: 12.

– Seasonal Updates About Your Hive & What The Bees Are Up To
This includes a photo of your actual hive in each season and a description of what the bees are doing at that time of the year.

– Name Your Queen & We Will Include It On A Sign Near It
Your name & the name of your queen will be displayed prominently near your hive.

– Certificate Of Appreciation From The Queen Bee In Your Hive
The queen of your sponsored colony is very appreciate of your support!

4 ct- 12.6 oz Bottles of Honey
Our unpasteurized and raw honey is packed with pure nutrients, enzymes, and pollen. It is made by our happy honey bees who live at our apiaries on organic and naturally kept properties around the Fort Wayne, Indiana area. > About Our Honey

2 ct- ‘Save The Bees’ T-Shirts
Each t-shirt is white with a small screen printed logo on the front and a large #savethebees design on the back. > About T-shirts

6 ct- ‘Save Bees’ Bumper Stickers
Each bumper sticker is 11.5″ x 3″, a perfect size for creating awareness for helping the honey bees. > About Bumper Stickers

Tour Details

Suit up like a beekeeper for a private tour for you and up to 5 guests. The tour includes a short presentation, live hive tour (w/ real bees) and a Q&A session with beekeepers with honey based hors d’oeuvres as a snack. Tours usually take 1 hour and are held May – October. Minimum age: 12.

We have two on-site experienced beekeepers who will be helping make the tour a fun experience! Before and throughout the duration of the tour, our educators will be monitoring the weather and other factors that may cause the event to be cancelled.

Held on the grounds of The Southwest Conservation Club 5703 Bluffton Road in Fort Wayne, Indiana 46819. > Map Directions Surrounded by a developing prairie and the preserved grounds, Apiary Tours are held outside, which creates the perfect environment for you to be immersed with the natural surroundings, all without traveling too far from home.

Apiary Tours will be held outside, as such there is an inherent risk associated with any outdoor activity.
As a part of our event, we require all participants to complete our liability waiver. > Click For Sample

  • Cold water will be kept on-site, especially for hot days.
  • We will have a sealed & locked observation hive containing live bees as a part of our tour.
  • Unpasteurized honey will be tasted by participants. Please be aware if you have any honey allergies.
  • At least one on-site educator is CPR certified by the American Heart Association and First Aid certified.

Apiary Tours are designed to be safe so our participants have a fantastic experience! If you have any concerns about safety, please feel free to contact our lead educator and event coordinator, Megan Ryan (260) 609-2897.

How Else Can You Help?

1. As the honey bees continue to struggle we find that they are most effected by the diminishing amount of natural land space, pesticide use, and a lack of public and community knowledge about honey bees and pollinators. So often we are asked by community members, “How can I help the bees?” To many people’s surprise, there are MANY ways that people can help honey bees without having to do anything drastic! Here are 8 Simple Ways You Can Help Honey Bees

2. Learn with us at one of our hands-on, fun and educational events and classes for kids (Explore The Honey Bee), adults (Bees & Brew) and seniors (Bees & Tea). Learn More About Pollinators

3. Support your local beekeepers! Not only does buying local, raw honey have many health benefits and medicinal purposes, it also helps support your local economy and farmers. Shop For Local Honey