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

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

Forest Camp at Beaver Ponds - January Friday Sessions
January 11, 18, 25 - 9am to 1pm
COST: $120 per child for all 3 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!


Open Ski & Snowshoe Days at Beaver Ponds
Saturday, January 26th, 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!


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!

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Nature Immersion

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...

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Gentian (genus Gentiana)

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...

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Harvest Notes 2018

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...

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PO Box 995
2234 Busch Run Road
Fairplay, CO 80440
info@beaverponds.org
719.838.0143

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