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
There's always something fun to do at Beaver Ponds.
Here are some upcoming programs and events.
#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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (719) 838-0143.
Beaver Ponds Winter Solstice Celebration
Saturday, December 22nd - 3:30pm - 7:30pm
FREE for all ages
Join us for an evening of sharing and learning under the full solstice moon. There will be seasonal crafts, live music, guided tours and so much more! Fun for the entire family.
Open Ski & Snowshoe Days at Beaver Ponds
December 29th, 2018 - 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 email@example.com or call (719) 838-0143. Or CLICK HERE to download a printable PDF with all the information you'll need!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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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