Education

HIGHER EDUCATION AND INTERNSHIPS

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Fiber Program

Work with Beaver Ponds Program Coordinator to develop and implement a program to utilize animal fiber from Beaver Ponds alpacas, llama and goats. Through outreach and workshops, we will create a community program to work with local fiber crafters and artists to create sustainable clothing and art from Beaver Ponds fleece. Hours are negotiable. Some work from home would be available.

Mapping

Help us create a permanent map of abandoned beaver ponds, the main channel of Sacramento Creek and its riparian zone. Must be good with GPS and or had experience with geocaching. You will learn how to use GPS to create maps. Work will be two or three eight hour days per week. Exact days are negotiable. You get to work outside in a beautiful place.

Local Medicinal Herbs

Assist our garden manager to research identify and map local medicinal herbs. You may have the option to create medicinal tinctures and ointments. You may create a local, medicinal plant guidebook. Exact working days are negotiable. Work times per day to be determined. Some work could be completed at home.

Alpaca Compost

Help Beaver Ponds develop and market compost from alpaca manure. Learn about alpacas, compost and marketing strategies. Work with local community and online sales. Work days and hours per day are flexible.

Social Media

Help coordinate, improve and grow our social media efforts. This position is unique in that it can be done remotely and has the potential to affect real change for this local environmental education center. While Beaver Ponds has a presence on Facebook, this internship would be to specifically: 1) grow the BPEEC “friends” base, 2) create and grow our Twitter presence, and 3) create and grow our Instagram presence. Working with and reporting to the Director of Development 3-5 hours/week would be ideal. All necessary materials for success will be provided by Beaver Ponds (photos, information, etc.) – the intern would be responsible for creating successful campaigns. Ideal for a self-starter and someone looking to demonstrate growth in their profession. As a Social Media intern, you will be required to use your own computer. An optional part of this internship could be integrated fundraising and blog components depending on the interest of the student.

Lesson Plans for Kids

Develop fun, interactive lesson plans/activities for kids for a multitude of topics including beavers and other mammals, high altitude ecosystems, climate change in the mountains, endemic plants/animals, alternative energy (five types), greenhouse, all types of farm animals, watershed, etc. Work could be at home or at Beaver Ponds. Hours are flexible to fit your schedule.

Develop Your Own Proposal

Do you see something else at Beaver Ponds that you’d like to create a project around? Send us a proposal, consisting of:

  • Title
  • Project Description: at least two paragraphs describing your proposed project, including what you want to learn, how you would learn and areas of focus
  • Deliverables: at least one paragraph on what your deliverables would be
  • Methodology: Include methods (physical study, internet research, etc) your time commitment and begin and end dates

Please email Kristin Barrett for more information.

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/

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Watershed Watch

Beaver Ponds is located at the headwaters of one of Colorado’s major rivers, so we take watershed protection very seriously. Our Sacramento Creek Protection Plan uses both science and community collaboration to promote stewardship, education and conservation.

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Nature & Beautiful Ideas

Listening to the radio a week ago I heard a physicist having a conversation about beauty and nature. He asked the question. Does nature inspire beautiful ideas? A beautiful idea can come in many forms: a math equation, a poem, a sculpture, an educational approach, crafts, a song, a design, literature, social solutions, environmental solutions, a different perspective on reality, the possibilities are limitless. Different ideas may come from sitting by a stream or strolling through the woods than in other situations. Nature does inspire beautiful ideas.

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Kids Korner

Book of the Month A Kid's Summer EcoJournal: With Nature Activities for Exploring the Season A Kid's Summer EcoJournal invites kids to write about nature on pages exquisitely illustrated by Margaret Brandt. The author has included short entries from her nature...

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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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