Ecology

BEAVER PONDS INTERPRETIVE TRAIL

BEAVER PONDS, SMELTING AND MORE

AmeriCorps NCCC volunteer working on trail

In 2014, AmeriCorps NCCC volunteers and local high school students helped in the initial stages of our 3/4-mile interpretive loop trail.  In 2016 with the help of local volunteers and the Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado we completed the Sacramento Creek loop trail. At Beaver Ponds we use iPads instead of trail signs to conserve resources. The devices also enable us to update trail information easily. The gently sloping trail runs along the north and south sides of Sacramento Creek providing access to unique ecological settings including sub-alpine forest, high elevation sagebrush and riparian vegetation communities. Along the trail you will also find information related to local pre-historic and historic activities, beaver ecology, dendrochronology, sustainable forestry and subalpine pollinators.

For example, you will pass the site of an old smelter. Smelting, the process of extracting metal from ore through heating it, played a crucial role in developing the nearby town of Alma. In early 1873, the town only had three homes, but when Boston and Colorado Smelting Company moved in and worked the Duquesne smelter and mines on Mount Lincoln and Bross, the town swelled to nearly 45 homes within three months.

In addition to area history, the trail-goer can learn about the local ecology, particularly that of beaver ponds. You will see beaver ponds of different ages and stages and understand the importance of beavers in the ecosystem. The trail also includes information on plant identification, forest ecology, and forest and shrub plot management.

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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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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