Research

PHENOLOGY

Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta)

Phenology is the study of seasonal changes in plants and animals from year to year. Researchers record when plants flower, insects hatch, and birds migrate, among other tasks.

Beaver Ponds works within the guidelines of the National Phenology Network, whose goal is to build a large database, which will link the timing of these changes to weather and climate. We use their Nature’s Notebook program to track four species: lodge-pole pine, quaking aspen, Engelmann spruce, and prickly rose. We track four specimens of each and are always looking for volunteers to help with this project.  Please click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities at Beaver Ponds.

Prickly rose (Rosa acicularis)

Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmanni)

Prickly rose (Rosa acicularis)

Nature’s Notebook is a national, online program, where amateur and professional naturalists regularly record observations of plants and animals to generate long-term data sets used for scientific discovery and decision-making.

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!

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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