Willow (Salix spp.)

Willow (Salix spp.)

Willow is a challenging plant to taxonomically identify on the species level.  There is constant cross-breeding and nomenclature can be a challenge.  Most of the willow that we see in the high country is bushy in stature and usually nestled next to streams and bodies...
Nature Immersion

Nature Immersion

With the addition of our new Youth Groups Coordinator, Lori Whipple, Beaver Ponds has launched a unique, vanguard programming series called Nature Immersion at Beaver Ponds. This programming allows Beaver Ponds to truly take advantage of our experiential, outdoor...
Gentian (genus Gentiana)

Gentian (genus Gentiana)

This short little flower has some vibrant blue and purple hues.  It does well at a high elevation (i.e. 10,500 feet) and is a well-known gastrointestinal tonic.  When I think of an old school tonic for the gut I think of gentian (GI tonic) and scutellaria (a...
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...