Penstemon Salve

Penstemon Salve

The beautiful Penstemon is another plant that can be utilized topically in homemade salves.  The whole plant is used by chopping it into fine pieces, using a food processor, juicer, or a blender.  One recipe from herbalist, Michael Moore, suggests using equal parts...
Recipe Roundup

Recipe Roundup

Where does our food come from? This month’s recipe provides a great opportunity to teach kids about a variety of vegetables, herbs and spices, where the vegetables were grown or where they came from, and what part of the plant is used in the recipe (the root, leaves,...
Eco-Dyeing

Eco-Dyeing

Six participants gathered at Beaver Ponds on August 5th to learn how to make dye with local plants. What a beautiful day it was. A little rainy but not enough to put out our cooking fire. Our instructor, Jane Wunder, gave an overview of natural fibers and natural...
Watershed Watch

Watershed Watch

The beavers are back!  Beaver Ponds was home to at least one colony of beavers all winter. They disappeared sometime this spring. Was the wiley coyote, caught in this 2 am photo on our game camera sniffing around the lodge, the culprit?   Or did they just move away?...
Beaver Ponds Hosts Summer “Science Nature Week”

Beaver Ponds Hosts Summer “Science Nature Week”

by Gail Smith, BPEEC School Groups Coordinator With perfect weather for a week of outdoor activities, Science Nature Week was held at Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center June 25th through June 29th. The morning only “summer day camp” provided an opportunity...