BEAVER PONDS SIX PRINCIPAL PROGRAMS
The objective of BPEEC is to educate visitors about the environment and the role all persons play in preserving and protecting the place they call home. Operating under the umbrella of teaching individuals about sustainability concepts, ecosystems, and climate change, specific Beaver Ponds programs include:
- Beaver Ecology
- Watershed Ecology & Stewardship
- Sustainable Agriculture, Greenhouses and Gardening
- Medicinal and Native Plants
- Renewable Energy Systems
- Healthy Forest Management
Beaver Ponds staff tailor messaging for K-12 programs based on Colorado State Education Standards for Science, as well as age and interest of visitors — individuals and groups (like Boys and Girls Clubs and scout troops). Beaver Ponds has an internship program with protocols and guidelines that ensure interns help support programs but are also engaged to learn new skills as appropriate to their college class at Beaver Ponds. Beaver Ponds is a hands-on experiential facility. Contact Krissy at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a visit for your students or community group!
Regardless of age, when students come to visit they get to:
- feed alpacas and learn about the interdependent nature of their manure and Beaver Ponds’ ability to grow vegetables at an elevation over 10,000 feet,
- pet goats and feel llama fleece whose hair is made into yarn for crafts and clothing,
- meet chickens and learn about the source of the food they eat and the nutrition their eggs provide,
- nibble fresh spinach and arugula from the greenhouse while observing the lady bugs who help allow it to grow pesticide-free,
- touch beaver chews and pelts while learning the value and interdependence of this keystone species,
- touch moose poop (!)
- touch lichens, moose chews, and porcupine chews,
- learn about renewable energy sources by feeling geothermally heated pipes and observing the wind turbine and micro hydro generator,
- learn about composting and vermiculture by holding worms and spinning the barrel composter.
Events & Programs
There's always something fun to do at Beaver Ponds.
Here are some upcoming programs and events.
Nature Immersion Forest Camp - November 19 & 20 9am-1pm
Ages 4-7 $75 per child
A place for unstructured, safe exploration in nature with a small group of friends.
Nature Immersion Programming Series
Engagement in the natural world and social interaction between peers and skilled mentors of nature and ancestral skills for youth. Schedule in development. Please contact Lori Whipple, YGC for more information at email@example.com or (719) 838-0143.
Snowschool Winter Program
winter-based curriculum to introduce kids to the joy of exploring winter wildlands. Schedule in development. Please contact Kristin Barrett, PC for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (719) 838-0143.
#GivingTuesday pledge day for #ColoradoGivesDay on December 4th. How can you get involved in the fun of ‘fun’draising? Contact Amity Vargas, ED for more information at email@example.com or (719) 838-0143.
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2234 Busch Run Road
Fairplay, CO 80440
Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center (BPEEC) helps people of all ages experientially learn about domestic livestock, horticulture, green energy generation and environmental conservation in a high-alpine, natural setting at Sacramento Creek Ranch near Fairplay, Colorado.
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