June 2018
The Beaver Broadcast
Nature & Beautiful Ideas
Listening to the radio a week ago I heard a physicist having a conversation about beauty and nature. He asked the question. Does nature inspire beautiful ideas?    Read More
Upcoming Events
Fun & Learning at Beaver Ponds
There’s always something fun to do at Beaver Ponds. View our summer programming schedule here.


Watershed Watch
The latest from BPEEC
Beaver Ponds is located at the headwaters of one of Colorado’s major rivers, so we take watershed protection very seriously. Our Sacramento Creek Protection Plan uses both science and community collaboration to promote stewardship, education and conservation. Learn More
Out and About
Explore Colorado
Explore the most popular trails in Colorado with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers. If you're interested in hiking at Beaver Ponds email us today.
New Beginnings
This month, Beaver Ponds said goodbye to Paul Alexander as Executive Director. We are sincerely appreciative of the thoughtful leadership he has provided and wish him well in his new ventures.

“It has been such a pleasure connecting with the land, with the high-quality Beaver Ponds staff, and all the amazing volunteers and visitors who make Beaver Ponds such a wonderful place. The world needs these special spots where we can gather to learn about and listen to the wonders of our home planet.” - Paul Alexander

I am honored to take over the role of Interim Executive Director for Beaver Ponds as I am sincerely passionate about our unique mission. I am also lucky to have the support of a phenomenal team of talented individuals.

We are excited to announce that we launched our re-designed website this week. We have a totally new look you can see here .

Summer Solstice was June 21 st in the Northern Hemisphere. “Peak” sunlight usually occurs on June 20, 21, or 22 any given year. This “peak” sunlight is the longest day of the year also known as the Summer Solstice. Do you participate in any fun Summer Solstice activities? If you’re interested in enjoyable family crafts in honor of Summer Solstice click here . It is believed that Summer Solstice celebrations started as early as the Stone Age. Ancient Egyptians designed their calendar with this day in mind—for a viewer standing at the Sphinx, the sun sets precisely between two of the Great Pyramids on the summer solstice. Similarly, in a long-buried Mayan city in Guatemala, archaeologists discovered an astronomical observatory with buildings that align with the sun during the solstice.

Many festivals include feasts, dancing, and songs all in celebration of the beauty of nature during this special time of year. Let Summer Solstice be a time for you to reflect on the charm of your surroundings, the joy nature brings us, and how we can properly care for our beautiful ecosystem.

Until next time,
Amity

Interim Executive Director
Director of Development

Protect • Preserve • Educate
Sunshine Carrots

Ingredients:

5 medium carrots
1 Tbs. sugar
1 tsp. cornstarch
¼ tsp. ground ginger
¾ tsp. salt
¼ cup orange juice
2 Tbs. butter or margarine
Instructions:
Cut carrots on the bias in 1-inch chunks
Cook covered in boiling, salted water till just tender (about 20 minutes)
Drain
In saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch, ginger and salt.
Add orange juice
Cook and stir till thick and bubbly (boil 1 minute)
Stir in butter
Toss over the carrots

Serves 4

Recipe comes from the Caitlin Wagner family of South Park
The Nodding Onion-Allium cernuum

For our first edition of Healing Herbs & Plants I wanted to start with one that comes out early in the spring with the dandelions and yarrow, and persists through most of the summer at 10,500 feet elevation. A local medicinal, nutritive, and hardy plant, this spicy little onion is a very tasty addition to salads, simmering sauces, or even a home-made tincture. 

These are cool season perennials so try to ethically harvest and be aware of population numbers in the area of harvest. Tiny leaves like chives, when rubbed the aromas of garlic, chives, and shallots come to mind. Like many hardy plants in the high country, this is a tiny plant, standing about 6” off the ground with a tiny flower standing tall amongst the leaves with a nodding violet flower on top. Native to the Rocky Mountains this tiny little onion plant that can be a tasty addition to food as well as a helpful medicinal plant to consume. In the Allium family, the flavor is reminiscent of sulfur-smelling compounds in garlic. The leaves, flower, and bulb can all be consumed raw or cooked. 

Research into these sulfur containing compounds shows that what we enjoy as an aromatic spice or flavoring component in cooking has quite profound effects on the immune system. 

Eric Chatt N.D.
BPEEC Site Manager
Kids Korner
Book of the Month
A Kid's Summer EcoJournal: With Nature Activities for Exploring the Season


Activity of the Month
Make a Boat out of Recycled Objects

This activity is great because it gets kids to create their own toy. Using a juice box, heavy paper (consider using junk mail), and a stick, kids can make and decorate their very own boat. Once it’s made, head out to the stream and let them use their imagination. Here is a how-to to help ignite your inspiration:

Kids Collaboration of the Month
Environmental education (EE) connects us to the world around us, teaching us about both natural and built environments. Proactively speaking with your children about the environment and their stewardship role within it creates both happy space and happy places. This month's collaboration topic to discuss is:

The 5 R's

Refuse
Reduce
Reuse
Repurpose
Recycle

And the overall concept to integrate into each of these: Rethink!

Don't Forget to Connect
There are several ways you can support the unique and important mission of Beaver Ponds:

Amazon Smiles - listed under Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center.

A one-time donation or recurring donation .

Volunteer! We are currently looking for a wide-variety of volunteers to include administrative support that you can do from home!

Spread the word on our mission! Thank you for your continued support!