About Us

FOUNDERS

AL & TERRY HERSHEY

Al and Terry Hershey are the founders of Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center at Sacramento Creek Ranch. Although not their career, their long-term passion and full-time focus after business careers revolves around the environment and education.

After moving full-time to Colorado, they spent several years looking for just the right piece of property to combine those two passions. When they saw the land that is now Sacramento Creek Ranch, they knew it needed to be preserved, explored, and shared.

They developed the property and now invite others interested in environmental preservation, livestock, horticulture, and alternative energy systems to visit and learn about what we are doing on the property and how the features of the Ranch and Center can be used to enhance environmental and other learning experiences.

Al and Terry both graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After graduating with a degree in accounting, Al started his career in public accounting and then moved into the medical device industry, where he spent 40 years. Terry graduated with a degree in international relations and spent her entire business career in the media industry, with the last 25 years focused on electronic media and business strategy.

Today they focus on maximizing the educational impact of Sacramento Creek Ranch, and when time permits, they enjoy biking, hiking, skiing, cooking, and their dogs. In addition, Terry is the chairperson of a new charter school, the Downtown Denver Expeditionary School, which opened in August 2013.

AHERSHEY@BEAVERPONDS.ORG

THERSHEY@BEAVERPONDS.ORG

Events & Programs

Winters are wonderful at Beaver Ponds.
Here are some upcoming programs and events.

Forest Camp at Beaver Ponds - February Friday Sessions
February 1, 8, 15, 22 - 9am to 1pm
COST: $150 per child for all 4 Fridays
AGES 4-7

A nature immersion camp awakening a sense of wonder and reverence for the natural world.
Forest exploration followed by lunch and nature-inspired art.

For more information, contact Briana Legaspi at blegaspi@beaverponds.org or call (719) 838-0143, visit our website here or CLICK HERE to download a printable PDF with all the information you'll need!

SnowSchool at Beaver Ponds
February 9, 2019 - 9:30am to NOON
Class Theme: Snow! How Does Snow Form?
COST: $35 per child   AGES 8-12
A magical morning of snow science and games while enjoying a snowshoe hike
For more information, contact Briana Legaspi at blegaspi@beaverponds.org or call (719) 838-0143, visit our website here
or CLICK HERE to download a printable PDF with all the information you'll need!


SnowSchool at Beaver Ponds
February 16, 2019 - 9:30am to NOON
Class Theme: Animal Adaptations in Winter
COST: $35 per child   AGES 8-12

A magical morning of snow science and games while enjoying a snowshoe hike!

For more information, contact Briana Legaspi at blegaspi@beaverponds.org or call (719) 838-0143, visit our website here or CLICK HERE to download a printable PDF with all the information you'll need!


Open Ski & Snowshoe Days at Beaver Ponds
Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

Come enjoy the unique beauty of Beaver Ponds the last Saturday of every month from December 29th, 2018 - March 30th, 2019. We are collecting our 2019 Liability Waivers. CLICK HERE to download the waiver. For more information, contact Briana Legaspi at blegaspi@beaverponds.org or call (719) 838-0143. Or CLICK HERE to download a printable PDF with all the information you'll need!

Latest Articles

A Seasonal Nature Table

quietening the mind  deep in the forest  water drips  ~Hasho  Many of our experiences with nature evoke a calm, relaxing state. Research has found that spending 30 minutes a week in nature reduces high blood pressure and depression (Christina Procopiou Medical Daily...

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Kinesthesia and the Forest

The Oxford English Dictionary defines Kinesthesia as “the brain’s awareness of the position and movement of the body or limbs etc., by means of sensory nerves within the muscles and joints.”  When you think about the amazing capacity of our bodies and minds to...

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Environmental Literacy

The North American Association for Environmental Education’s (NAAEE) Guidelines for Excellence within Environmental Education (EE) addresses the importance of EE:  ‘Environmental education recognizes the importance of viewing the environment within the context of...

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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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