Education

NATURE IMMERSION

Our Nature Immersion programming model allows youth the time to immerse in nature with no sense of rush and with no adults telling them what they must do next. The time slows as children find their own rhythm without adult intervention, and this sense of timelessness is something that is not often experienced in our frenetic world.

When children are allowed to “just” play in nature, deep learning takes place in the areas of ecology, biology, botany, ethnobotany, ornithology, zoology, math, physics, biodiversity and engineering. In addition, the Beaver Ponds Nature Immersion model emphasizes social and emotional development, as well as kindness, compassion, empathy, cooperation, and teamwork.

Nature Immersion curriculum can benefit any Environmental Education (EE) program as it helps identify the learners’ interests, and the learning strands that evolve from this approach can easily scaffold into more learning. Indoor activities (on weather days) can even be developed to build on what the group began learning during their unstructured flow time outside.

Our goal with this new programming is to create healthy and vibrant natural leaders, and nature-based intergenerational mentoring communities. Contact us to learn more!

Events & Programs

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

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!


SnowSchool at Beaver Ponds
February 16, 2019 - 9:30am to NOON
Class Theme: Animal Adaptations in Winter
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!


Open Ski & Snowshoe Days at Beaver Ponds
Saturday, February 23rd, 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!

Latest Articles

A Seasonal Nature Table

quietening the mind  deep in the forest  water drips  ~Hasho  Many of our experiences with nature evoke a calm, relaxing state. Research has found that spending 30 minutes a week in nature reduces high blood pressure and depression (Christina Procopiou Medical Daily...

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Kinesthesia and the Forest

The Oxford English Dictionary defines Kinesthesia as “the brain’s awareness of the position and movement of the body or limbs etc., by means of sensory nerves within the muscles and joints.”  When you think about the amazing capacity of our bodies and minds to...

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Environmental Literacy

The North American Association for Environmental Education’s (NAAEE) Guidelines for Excellence within Environmental Education (EE) addresses the importance of EE:  ‘Environmental education recognizes the importance of viewing the environment within the context of...

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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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