About Us

OUR PROPERTY

BEAVER PONDS: LOCATED AT SACRAMENTO CREEK RANCH

Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center (BPEEC) provides a place for individuals of all ages to see, learn, share, and explore. Through hands-on demonstrations, educational tours, seminars and workshops, BPEEC exemplifies how people, plants, and animals can happily coexist. Situated on 70 acres at 10,200 feet, BPEEC is located at Sacramento Creek Ranch, which borders Pike National Forest. The ranch offers a variety of natural attributes, making it a unique and engaging place to learn about the natural world.

An interpretive trail offers stunning views of the Mosquito Range while winding through evergreen forests, riparian zones along Sacramento Creek, and sagebrush shrublands. Built with the Earth in mind, the ranch utilized local, recycled, and re-purposed building materials. The alternative energy systems offer exciting learning opportunities.

With the remains of the 1800s Duquesne smelter on the property, and the Sacramento Ditch, BPEEC fits in with the rich history that surrounds it.

BEAVER PONDS INTERPRETIVE TRAIL

In 2014, AmeriCorps NCCC volunteers and local high school students helped in the initial stages of our 3/4-mile interpretive loop trail.  In 2016 with the help of local volunteers and the Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado we completed the Sacramento Creek loop trail. Want to learn more? Click here!


POLLINATOR GARDEN

Early on we considered installing hives for honeybees to demonstrate beekeeping. After consulting with local wildlife experts, we chose instead to establish a high-elevation pollinator garden made up of native wildflowers and grasses.

 
Instead of a hive of non-native honeybees competing with native pollinators, we provide a garden that will support them. One particular goal is to support solitary bees, whose populations are in decline. These bees do not live in colonies like honeybees. Instead, they live in holes in trees, branches, and the ground.
 
Our garden contains patches of bare ground and large branches scattered around the meadow to provide habitat for our loner bee friends!
 

Golden Banner (Thermospsis montana)

Our native forbs include: mountain goldenbanner (Thermospsis montana) for early summer bloom, fairy trumpet, or scarlet gilia (Ipomopsis aggregata) for late summer and early fall bloom, and Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium) for early fall bloom.

 

Fire weed (Chamerion auguistifolium)

Scarlet gilia (Ipomopsis aggregata)

 

 

 

 

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

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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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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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