Thank you for the many different ways you have
Please continue to support us by donating to Beaver Ponds during the Colorado Gives season.
You can donate anytime through December 5
Why include Beaver Ponds in your Colorado Gives Day donations?
Each of our over 1,400 visitors this past year (of whom half were young people) has their own special story to tell. Thank you to Blue Creek Elementary, Boys and Girls Club of the High Rockies, Breckenridge Children's Museum, Bristlecone Montessori, CityWILD, Colorado Mountain College, Cottonwood Institute, Downtown Denver Expeditionary School, Fairplay Library, Guffey School, Keystone Science School, Metropolitan State University, Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative, Regis University, Sierra Club Headwaters Group, South Park RE2 School District, South Park Site Stewards, and Town of Frisco Youth Camp for making Beaver Ponds a part of your educational journey!
Some of our 2017 highlights include:
Protecting the Headwaters of the South Platte.
We received a major grant from the South Park National Heritage Area to create a Sacramento Creek Protection Plan. This grant allows us to elevate our watershed work to the next level, through enhanced monitoring, educational outreach, and participation by citizen scientists. Our research will serve as a baseline for future research. We are grateful to the over 30 landowners on the watershed who gave us access to their land for measurements.
Creating New Curriculum and Resources for High Altitude Gardening and Agriculture.
Each year we learn more about the special dynamics of gardening at high altitude. Students helped plant and harvest potatoes, lettuce, carrots, and kale. They generated animal feed from our simple but effective hydroponic system. A grant from the Colorado Garden Foundation for a new hoophouse will vastly increase our production capacity next summer. And, we are excited about developing new partnerships with the local school district.
Demonstrating dozens of ways to reduce our carbon footprint.
Visitors learned the intricacies of each of our five sources of renewable energy. What generates more energy? Windmills? Hydroelectric? Solar panels for electricity or hot water? Geothermal? Beaver Ponds demonstrates these options to all of our visitors.
Creating new pathways for citizen scientists to have a positive impact on our world.
This past year over 350 preschoolers to senior citizens participated as citizen scientists monitoring water quality, studying beaver habitat, and analyzing the impact our actions have on the environment.
Colorado Gives Day is a statewide movement to encourage online giving. Every donation made through ColoradoGives.org on Colorado Gives Day is boosted by the incentive fund, which increases the value of every dollar.
Thank you for being a part of Beaver Ponds!