Sustainable Energy


The solar hot water (solar hydronic) system at Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center helps heat water for domestic use and radiant floor heating. The active solar hot water system employs an indirect circulation method so the system can be used year round. This system can produce up to 160 Kbtu/day, with the excess heat pumped to the geothermal field to supplement the geothermal heat pump.


Solar hydronics involves moving heat using water. Solar water heating works by using heat from the sun and trapping it, employing the “greenhouse effect.” The system produces heat as shortwave radiation light strikes the collector’s absorber. Then, water, or other fluid, in the collector uses the trapped heat to warm homes.

Events & Programs

There's always something fun to do at Beaver Ponds this summer.
Here are some upcoming programs and events.

KSS Wilderness Campers
July 17 - July 19, 12pm - 8am
For more information visit

Alma Festival in the Clouds - booth
July 20, 3pm - 7pm / July 21 & 22, 10am - 4pm
Contact Amity Vargas for more information at (719) 209-5813

Mountain Top Children's Museum
July 24, 12pm - 3pm
Contact Tiernan Spencer for more information at (970) 453-7878

KSS Overnight Wilderness Camp
July 25 - July 26, 12pm - 12pm
For more information visit

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