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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:

  1. Beaver Ecology
  2. Watershed Ecology & Stewardship
  3. Sustainable Agriculture, Greenhouses and Gardening
  4. Medicinal and Native Plants
  5. Renewable Energy Systems
  6. 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 kbarrett@beaverponds.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.

Plant Walks - The 30th of each month
September 30, 10am - 12pm
Contact Eric Chatt for more information at (719) 838-0143

Plant Walks - The 30th of each month
October 30, 10am - 12pm
Contact Eric Chatt for more information at (719) 838-0143

Latest Articles

Harvest Notes 2018

At 10,500 feet we are grateful for any harvest we may produce.  This year we had the largest harvest in our history and expanded the raised beds while continuing soil development.  As a non-profit organization we are sincerely thankful for the help we receive from the...

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Healing Plants – Strawberries

One of the most delectable native plant foods has to be the strawberry (Fragaria spp).  A member of the rose family (Rosaceae), strawberry covers the understory of the forest with its creeping rhizomes shooting out laterally in search of more habitat.  Like roses they...

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Fire and Water Quality

Forest fires, as we saw recently, in South Park with the Weston Pass fire can be traumatic for people, livestock, wildlife, soil health, and water quality.  People discussed charred pine needles dropping out of the sky like rain.   Fire can be life threatening,...

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The Importance of Environmental Education

Our future leaders need to be equipped for tomorrow’s challenges and it is our role as educators, parents, and the community to properly prepare them to inherit this earth. This requires a commitment on all our parts when it comes to providing Environmental Education...

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Contact Us

PO Box 995
2234 Busch Run Road
Fairplay, CO 80440
info@beaverponds.org
719.838.0143

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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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