BEAVER PONDS INTERPRETIVE TRAIL
BEAVER PONDS, SMELTING AND MORE
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or (719) 838-0143.
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2234 Busch Run Road
Fairplay, CO 80440
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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