Sustainable Energy

SOLAR HOT WATER

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.

BASIC OVERVIEW OF SOLAR HYDRONICS

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.
Here are some upcoming programs and events.

Plant Walks - The 30th of each month
September 30, 10am - 12pm
Contact Eric Chatt for more information at (719) 838-0143

Plant Walks - The 30th of each month
October 30, 10am - 12pm
Contact Eric Chatt for more information at (719) 838-0143

Latest Articles

Harvest Notes 2018

At 10,500 feet we are grateful for any harvest we may produce.  This year we had the largest harvest in our history and expanded the raised beds while continuing soil development.  As a non-profit organization we are sincerely thankful for the help we receive from the...

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Healing Plants – Strawberries

One of the most delectable native plant foods has to be the strawberry (Fragaria spp).  A member of the rose family (Rosaceae), strawberry covers the understory of the forest with its creeping rhizomes shooting out laterally in search of more habitat.  Like roses they...

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Fire and Water Quality

Forest fires, as we saw recently, in South Park with the Weston Pass fire can be traumatic for people, livestock, wildlife, soil health, and water quality.  People discussed charred pine needles dropping out of the sky like rain.   Fire can be life threatening,...

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The Importance of Environmental Education

Our future leaders need to be equipped for tomorrow’s challenges and it is our role as educators, parents, and the community to properly prepare them to inherit this earth. This requires a commitment on all our parts when it comes to providing Environmental Education...

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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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