Past Events



Boys and Girls Club Science Week with MRHI
June 25 – June 29, 9am – 3:30pm daily
Contact Cara Doyle at or visit for more information.

KSS Overnight Wilderness Camp
June 27 – June 28, 12pm – 12pm
For more information visit

Brown Capped Rosy Finch Lecture
July 9, 1pm – 3pm
Contact Krissy Barrett for more information at (719) 838-0143
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KSS Overnight Wilderness Camp
July 11 – July 12, 12pm – 12pm
For more information visit

Fiber Workshop Series – Picture Frame Weaving
July 14, 1pm – 4pm
Contact Krissy Barrett for more information at (719) 838-0143
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April 22nd – Earth Day Celebration (11:00am to 3:00pm)




Sept 16th, 9 to 4pm

This amazing 2-day workshop will teach you how

to dye your own yarn (or fabric) using locally

gathered materials to make the dye and recycled

satellite dishes to create the dye. $45

September 23rd Open House: 11:00 to 3:00pm with Fermentation workshop (Sauerkraut and Kim Chi @ 1:00pm)


$25 each*, you can attend one or both if you would like.

Class 1: Saturday, Sept 30th , 1 to 4pm

Class 2: Saturday, Oct 7th, 1 to 4pm

Winter is coming and so is Christmas. Treat your

feet (or the feet of someone you love) to the cozy

luxury of alpaca boot liners handmade by you!

Easy and fun.


10th – Get Outdoors Day at BP ~ Guided hikes on the hour between 10am-3pm.  Open and Free to the public.


Join us for a free program called “Splish, Splash, Buzz” for children ages 4 and older with a parent on June 24th at 11am. Visitor’s Day is open to individuals and families alike.

“This is going to be a great time for families with kids who are active, love the water, and learning about bugs,” shares Program Coordinator Kristin Barrett. “We’ll answer questions like — What kind of aquatic insect builds its own house from tiny pebbles? What does a baby dragon fly look like? What insect has a lightning fast, expandable jaw to capture its prey?” Parents and kids should plan to get wet while learning all about bugs and water and should bring water shoes and wear appropriate clothing.


9th – Open to Visitors. 10am-3pm with guided hikes and programs. Open and Free to the public.

River Watch Water Quality Monitoring-Volunteers needed!

July 6th, August 7th. Free training on scientific sampling methods and stream health and ecology.  Time 8:30-11:30am.

Saturday, July 8th, 1 to 5pm

Come and learn the ancient art of hand-spinning natural fiber. The process is meditative, sustainable, practical and, some say, cosmically inspired A repeat of last summer’s very popular class.



10th – Beaver Ponds Open House, 3-6pm with local music, fare, and a meet and greet with the Beaver Ponds staff and board of directors.

16th & 17th – Visit us at Alma’s Festival in the Clouds.

28th – “Local trees are nearly 2,000 years old – a dendrochronology talk” – presented by ED Kevin Hosman and Dr. Michael Stambaugh at Beaver Ponds EEC.  Time TBD (early evening).

30th & 31st – Visit us at Burro Days in Fairplay, CO.


6th – Open to Visitors. 10am-3pm with guided hikes and programs. Open and Free to the public.

6th – 11am “Splish Splash Buzz” program for families with children ages 4+.  Plan to get wet while exploring bugs in Sacramento Creek!  Click here for more information!


July 17th:  South Park Chamber Meet and Greet

26th- Fifth Anniversary Celebration!


3rd – Open to Visitors. 10am-3pm with guided hikes and programs. Open and Free to the public.

3rd – Join us for another FREE program called an “Ephemeral Pond Walk & Talk” at 11am.  Join Beaver Ponds staff as they talk all about the geology and plants of the Alma/Fairplay area.  Along the way kids will play the Predator and Prey game where they get to “catch” their prey and determine if, as a predator of choice, they’ve eaten enough to survive.  Click here to see the flyer.

9th – SOUTH PARK PLEIN AIR ARTS CELEBRATION comes to Beaver Ponds! Open and Free to the public, come and see artists onsite painting between noon – 4pm.   Get a first sneak peek at the art by attending the free art gallery opening in town at 7pm.  Situated on 70-acres along Sacramento Creek, the scenery, painting, and process of creating art is sure to offer a unique and enjoyable afternoon.  Click here for more details.

At noon, Jane Wunder will be giving a “sneak peek” fiber spinning demonstration for the upcoming “Ancient Art of Spinning Fiber” workshop described below.

On the 10th pop over to the Live Auction at 1pm at Coyote Creek Gallery in Fairplay ~ This is your chance to bid on the works created at Beaver Ponds!

18th & 26th – SOLD OUT – “The Ancient Art of Spinning Fiber” from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  For $25 adult participants will learn spinning skills and will take home a skein of luxury yarn and a drop spindle.  Space is extremely limited so please sign-up early by contacting Kristin Barrett at or call (719) 838-0143.  Instructor Jane Wunder has been spinning for over 40 years and will be accompanied by Beaver Ponds staff who will introduce concepts for keeping fiber animals and processing raw fiber.  Participants will get to meet alpacas, goats, and a llama who annually contribute their fiber to the Beaver Ponds Sustainable Ag Program.


23rd – FREE Raptor Program & Cake – Celebrating Beaver Ponds Four Year Anniversary!

Sponsored by Alpine Bank

 Join us for a very special Birds of Prey program starting at 2pm with cake afterwards at 3pm!

Beaver Ponds has been providing environmental education that gives individuals of all ages the tools and knowledge they need to become better stewards of the earth for four years ~ let’s celebrate! Nature’s Educators are bringing four winged friends (like owls, hawks, falcons, etc.) to Beaver Ponds for you to learn about and for photo opps afterwards!

Please share this event with folks who might be interested in attending this FREE celebration. We expect this event to be popular, so please try to car pool.

Can’t make the program? We’re open from noon – 5pm this day and you can either take a guided hands-on tour with one of our staff – OR – if you’re into electronics we’ll send you on a trail with an iPad from which to learn!  Click here for more info.


15th – Mountains, Gold, and Glaciers with Professor Robert Anderson from CU, 7pm, Free

Professor Anderson will talk about the geologic and climatic history of the South Park area. Much of the mountains that rim South Park were being eroded by glaciers only 20 thousand years ago.  Professor Anderson will focus on these past glaciers and their roles in both sculpting the mountains and delivering sediment and gold to the rivers that drain them.  Come and find out about the link between the glaciers and the gold still being discovered today.  Anderson is a Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and INSTAAR (Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research) at CU – Boulder.

19th – Medicinal Plant Workshop, 1-4pm, Cost is $25

Please join Beaver Ponds staff for a fun afternoon learning how to harvest and process local medicinal herbs. You’ll learn:

¨ to identify a variety of native alpine plants and herbs right in your backyard!

¨ to harness their medicinal properties and ethical harvesting.

¨ how these plants were used in Native American culture, as well as some fun facts related to field survival skills.

¨ the process of being your own at-home herbalist from identification of herbs to making your own tinctures and balms form these herbs.

Make and take home several healing balms ~ great for your home or as a gift. This workshop will sell out, so please sign up early ~


10th – Free Public Day, Open to visitors between the hours of 11am – 3pm.

Join us for some outdoor family fun during our final open house of the year on December 10th, 11am-3pm. FREE guided tours in December will focus on winter ecology and how animals adapt to winter environment with a focus on beavers, moose and other animals. Watch for more details on our Facebook page.

Make an old-fashioned memory with your family cutting a holiday tree! Enjoy the camaraderie of finding, cutting, and hauling out a tree for your home. Beaver Ponds regularly thins trees as part of our forest management program.  We’ll lead you out to the tree thinning area and you may select your tree.  A donation of $25.00 or more is requested for each tree. Bring your skis, snowshoes, or winter boots (depending on snow levels).

Happy Holiday Alpaca cards will also be available for sale along with winter caps and alpaca yarn. All sales benefit Beaver Ponds EEC.  Event info here.


21st – Please join us from 10 am till 12 pm at the Old Park County Courthouse for a wonderful Open House event. The South Park National Heritage Area will be showcasing all the hard work in the areas of Historic Preservation, Education and Natural Resource stewardship.  Thanks to a South Park National Heritage Areagrant, Beaver Ponds helped to facilitate an herbchronology project this summer…swing by to say hi at this local open house.  Other attending recipients include: South Park Bulletin South Park National Heritage Area Park County, ColoradoNational Park Service Town of Fairplay, Colorado Town of Alma, CO National Trust for Historic Preservation 285 Tourism Bailey, Colorado History Colorado Park County Historical Society of Colorado Hartsel, Colorado Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative


11th – Full Moon X-Country Ski/Snowshoe at Beaver Ponds, 6pm

Join Beaver Ponds staff on your snowshoes or cross country skis as they guide you around the Beaver Ponds Interpretive Trail whilst discussing winter ecology and the many ways that animals and plants alike survive the harsh conditions of winter at an elevation of 10,000+ feet.  The program is appropriate for individuals both young and the old as the pace will be nice and easy and relatively flat.  Visitors should bring skis or snowshoes, warm weather-appropriate clothing, a water bottle, and headlamps.  This event is free and open to the public.


23rd – “The Red Fox: Natural History and Winter Ecology” Talk at Beaver Ponds, 7pm

Join Dr. Patrick Magee as he talks about the history of the fox and how they survive difficult ecological circumstances during the winter.  Magee is the Thornton Chair in Biology at Western State Colorado University.  The program is appropriate for individuals both young and the old.

“This is going to be a super informative talk for anyone interested in learning more about the fox family, as well as how animals adapt to harsh winter conditions,” shares Program Coordinator Kristin Barrett.  “As we enter into 2017, Beaver Ponds is more committed than ever to bringing interesting relevant programs to this area and we feel this is a great kickoff!  Professor Magee has published papers on sage-grouse, boreal owls, the effects of mowing on small mammals, snowshoe hare, and Lynx in Colorado.  While the talk is on Red Fox, I would imagine that he will touch on other animals as well.”


11th – Free Public Day, Open to visitors between the hours of 11am – 4pm.

16th – Please note venue change!  Sherri Tippie, of “Leave it to Beavers” fame  is going to speak at Alma Town Hall on March 16th at 7pm. The name of her talk is “Beaver: Nuisance or Opportunity?”

Co-Hosted by Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative and Beaver Ponds, Sherri Tippie, the top live trapper of the beaver species in North America, rescues unwanted beavers in the Denver suburbs and then places them with farmers and beaver enthusiasts who eagerly provide new homes for them. Whether displaced from their pond, now part of a new housing development, or singled out for gnawing on trees at a golf course, Tippie has relocated over 1,000 beavers to date and her chief priority remains to keep families together. According to Tippie, “We’re asking so much of these animals and we’re displacing them. They’ve moved into a place where they should be and we don’t want them there. So if we’re going to mess around with them then we need to treat them as well as possible and then put them at a place where they can live out their lives.

Please join us for this engaging and inspirational talk from Sherri at the Alma Town Hall!


22nd – Celebrate Earth Day at Beaver Ponds, 11am-3pm.  “Animals Need Water, Too!” starts promptly at noon.

Nature’s Educators is bringing along their bald eagle or osprey feathered friends and other critters like a water snake for a not-to-be-missed hands-on program!

Water is such an important resource.  Plants and animals all need water in order to survive.  However, there are some animals that depend on it more than others.  During this unique program, meet some of the wildlife species that live in or around water.  Find out how they use the riparian ecosystem to live, eat, and play their own important role helping keep their habitat functioning.

Guided ecology hikes around the interpretive trail all day on the hour.

BYOT (or scarf) and make your very own tie-dye out of nature-derived dyes!

Enjoy live toe-thumping music at 2pm.

Celebrate our earth and learn how to become a better steward of her this year and every year to come!

Click here for an earth day flyer you can share with your students, friends, family, and other who might be interested in joining in the fun.


May 25th – Join Volunteers Greg & Diane Ambrose to learn more about our Citizen Science Projects at Beaver Ponds! 7pm

We will discuss different ongoing and new citizen science projects at BP along with other volunteer opportunities. Current projects include: tracking plant phenology, sampling forest inventory plots, and mapping and characterizing active and abandoned beaver ponds.

27th- Open House, enjoy a visit and special FREE programs!

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. 

Forest exploration followed by lunch and nature-inspired art. For more information, CLICK HERE. 

To register please contact Briana Legaspi at or call (719) 838-0143
Or you can register online at


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 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 or (719) 838-0143.

November 27
#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 or (719) 838-0143.

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