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.
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

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Penstemon Salve

The beautiful Penstemon is another plant that can be utilized topically in homemade salves.  The whole plant is used by chopping it into fine pieces, using a food processor, juicer, or a blender.  One recipe from herbalist, Michael Moore, suggests using equal parts...

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2234 Busch Run Road
Fairplay, CO 80440

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