GEOTHERMAL HEAT PUMPAbout 20 feet below its surface, the earth maintains a constant temperature between 52-57 degrees Fahrenheit, due to the sun’s heat and the insulative qualities of soil and substrate. A geothermal heat pump, or ground source heat pump, uses the relatively constant temperature of the ground to transfer heat to a structure for heating and domestic hot water, or to remove heat from a structure for cooling.A geothermal heat pump is the most cost-effective way to save electricity, because it saves up to 70% when compared to conventional heating systems. Averaging about 1 kWh to run, a geothermal heat pump can save up to 5kW in reduced heating costs. Even though the initial installation is costly, the savings in reduced heating expenses help recoup the installation costs in a short period of time and continue to reduce heating expenditures for years to come.Beaver Ponds EEC utilizes close to 3,000 feet of horizontal closed loop configuration, which is buried 6-7 feet deep beneath the Alpaca Corral. The geothermal system supplies heat to the domestic hot water and radiant floor heating system in the living quarters, classroom, and greenhouse.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (719) 838-0143.
The foundation for learning about our world begins with observation of nature. From NASA to local citizen science, people are working for the common scientific principle of the best understanding of what we can observe. Building on this foundation of understanding...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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