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PASSIVE HOUSES

Homes that reduce energy bills and cut carbon emissions? Sounds like something from a futuristic television show or a homeowner’s incredible dream. However, with the introduction of a ‘new and innovative’ kind of home known as a passive house, residents can now enjoy maximum comfort while knowing they are reducing their environmental impact, too. This concept isn’t new though, as it’s been popular in Europe and Asian countries for years but only made its introduction amid the multi-family passive housing market in 2012…

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THE FOREST AS A BATH

How can getting out in nature contribute to your health?  Researchers are studying how the simple act of being in nature or “bathing” in nature influences mental health and physiological parameters such as blood pressure, anxiety, depression, and a host of other effects.  Many Asian cultures value and embrace this type of sensory engagement with the forest with an intention of healing engrained in the practice.

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GARDEN UPDATE!

What are you going to do with your bountiful harvest?  Part of the age old tradition of gardening for “victory” or in today’s parlance, sustainability, is the passed on genetics and the knowledge of preservation and storage of foods and medicines.  Thinking ahead and...

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CHRONOLOGY: TWO YEARS IN REVIEW

Over the past two years we have received funding from South Park National Heritage Area (SPNHA) to conduct research on dendrochronology and herbchronology.  Their generosity has allowed us to study the science related to these two disciplines, by measuring the growth...

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OVERVIEW OF PRE-HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY IN SOUTH PARK

Native American Indians visited South Park seasonally for at least 10,000 years prior to the arrival of the first White explorers, trappers, traders, and settlers. These Native people moved their base camps seasonally according to the availability of wild food resources, and visited South Park regularly in their annual rounds.  Although archaeologists have yet to recover direct evidence of the seasons when Native people were in South Park, they assume that Indians were not here during those times when the weather was challenging and food resources limited.While the Ute were in South Park at the time of contact…

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LIBRARIES AREN’T JUST FOR READING ANYMORE

These are interesting times for seed cultivation and unfortunately for all of us, a lack of biodiversity may have a negative impact on our food security. Due to changing agricultural practices and the loss of many heirloom varieties, patents, and pollen drift...

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COMPOSTING TIPS & TRICKS FROM EARTHA

Why should you compost and why is it good? There are LOTS of reasons! Adding compost to soil gives plants all the building blocks they need to grow big and strong – nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and lots of other micronutrients. It’s sort of like a human taking a multi-vitamin. Additionally, putting compost in soil…

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POOP AND WOOL

Are you curious how alpacas fit into Beaver Ponds sustainability picture? The answer is two-fold: poop and wool. Alpacas are unique because their manure isn't "hot" and therefore is able to be used to fertilize plants without having to wait for it to process for a...

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EGGSHELL GARDENING

If you begin your garden from seeds this year, why don’t you consider starting seeds in eggshells?  Growing seedlings in eggshell pods is a natural, biodegradable, and environmentally earth-friendly way…

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Events & Programs

There's always something fun to do at Beaver Ponds this summer.
Here are some upcoming programs and events.

KSS Wilderness Campers
July 17 - July 19, 12pm - 8am
For more information visit https://keystonescienceschool.org/

Alma Festival in the Clouds - booth
July 20, 3pm - 7pm / July 21 & 22, 10am - 4pm
Contact Amity Vargas for more information at (719) 209-5813

Mountain Top Children's Museum
July 24, 12pm - 3pm
Contact Tiernan Spencer for more information at (970) 453-7878

KSS Overnight Wilderness Camp
July 25 - July 26, 12pm - 12pm
For more information visit https://keystonescienceschool.org/

Contact Us

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

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