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MISSION & VISION

The mission of Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center is to provide environmental awareness and excellence in education, support conservation and sustainability, and implement community programs that provides individuals of all ages the tools and knowledge to become better stewards of the earth.

Our vision is to become a leading environmental education center inspiring action to protect and improve the environment and to create environmental literacy in the world we share.

 

BEAVER PONDS SIX PRINCIPAL PROGRAMS

The objective of BPEEC is to educate visitors about the environment and the role all persons play in preserving and protecting the place they call home. Operating under the umbrella of teaching individuals about sustainability concepts, ecosystems, and climate change, specific Beaver Ponds programs include:

  1. Beaver Ecology
  2. Watershed Ecology & Stewardship
  3. Sustainable Agriculture, Greenhouses and Gardening
  4. Medicinal and Native Plants
  5. Renewable Energy Systems
  6. Healthy Forest Management

Beaver Ponds staff tailor messaging for K-12 programs based on Colorado State Education Standards for Science, as well as age and interest of visitors — individuals and groups (like Boys and Girls Clubs and scout troops). Beaver Ponds has an internship program with protocols and guidelines that ensure interns help support programs but are also engaged to learn new skills as appropriate to their college class at Beaver Ponds. Beaver Ponds is a hands-on experiential facility.  Contact Dave at dweed@beaverponds.org to schedule a visit for your students or community group!

Regardless of age, when students come to visit they get to:

  • feed alpacas and learn about the interdependent nature of their manure and Beaver Ponds’ ability to grow vegetables at an elevation over 10,000 feet,
  • pet goats and feel llama fleece whose hair is made into yarn for crafts and clothing,
  • meet chickens and learn about the source of the food they eat and the nutrition their eggs provide,
  • nibble fresh spinach and arugula from the greenhouse while observing the lady bugs who help allow it to grow pesticide-free,
  • touch beaver chews and pelts while learning the value and interdependence of this keystone species,
  • touch moose poop (!)
  • touch lichens, moose chews, and porcupine chews,
  • learn about renewable energy sources by feeling geothermally heated pipes and observing the wind turbine and micro hydro generator,
  • learn about composting and vermiculture by holding worms and spinning the barrel composter.

Events & Programs

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

Forest Camp at Beaver Ponds - March Friday Sessions
March 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
March 16, 2019 - 9:30am to NOON
Class Theme: Winter Survival
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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Kinesthesia and the Forest

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Environmental Literacy

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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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