Your New Beaver Ponds Executive Director   
A Message from Co-Founders Al & Terry
Al and I would like to take a moment to thank each and every one of you who contributed your time, talent, and financial support to Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center in 2016.  Your donations and enthusiasm for our mission is evident in the growing number of individuals we have the opportunity of serving each year.  Thank you and may 2017 bring you and your friends and family to Beaver Ponds!

You may have noticed that Beaver Ponds is growing by leaps and bounds.   Due to our growth, we have hired Paul Alexander as Executive Director.

  
"As a fifth generation Colorado native, who has traveled extensively throughout the world, I have seen land and communities devastated as a result of poor stewardship and areas that have been reclaimed or sustained for centuries due to wise management and responsible action.  The knowledge and wisdom necessary for the proper care of the earth is something each of us must share.  I am deeply passionate about the mission of Beaver Ponds, and the beauty and diversity of the site."

Paul will assume overall leadership of Beaver Ponds and will be guiding us to achieving our mission to provide environmental education that gives individuals of all ages the tools and knowledge to become better stewards of the earth.

Paul joins us with an extensive background in the nonprofit world. Most recently he was Director, Institute on the Common Good, Regis University. Prior to that he was Degree Chair, Master of Nonprofit Management, Regis University.  With over 25 years in nonprofit management, he also has served in various executive and management roles at a number of Colorado nonprofits.  He has served on numerous boards focused on both the nonprofit and education sectors.

Paul's education includes a Ph.D. from Union Institute and University in Interdisciplinary Studies in Community Dialogue and Collaboration, a M.A. from University of Colorado at Boulder in Natural Resource Economics, and a B.A. from Williams College in Economics, with minor emphases in Geology and Spanish.

Please welcome Paul to Beaver Ponds. You can reach him at palexander@beaverponds.org.  We hope you will have an opportunity in the near future to meet him in person, and there are a lot of opportunities to do so with all of our upcoming programs
 
Best,



Terry Hershey
Co-Founder and Board President

 
 
Join us February 23rd for "The Red Fox: Natural History and Winter Ecology" Talk at Beaver Ponds, 7pm. 
 

Join Dr. Patrick Magee as he talks about the history of the fox and how they survive difficult ecological circumstances during the winter. Magee is the Thornton Chair in Biology at Western State Colorado University.  The program is appropriate for individuals both young and the old.

"This is going to be a super informative talk for anyone interested in learning more about the fox family, as well as how animals adapt to harsh winter conditions," shares Beaver Ponds Program Coordinator Kristin Barrett.  "As we enter into 2017, Beaver Ponds is more committed than ever to bringing interesting relevant programs to this area and we feel this is a great kickoff! 

Professor Magee has published papers on sage-grouse, boreal owls, the effects of mowing on small mammals, snowshoe hare, and lynx in Colorado.  While the talk is on red fox, I would imagine that he will touch on other animals as well."   
 
Can't make it?  Watch our Facebook page for other 2017 events.

 
Upcoming Full Moon X-Country Ski or Snowshoe at Beaver Ponds!

February 11th, 6pm

Join Beaver Ponds staff on your snowshoes or cross country skis as they guide you around the Beaver Ponds Interpretive Trail while discussing winter ecology and the many ways that animals and plants survive the harsh conditions of winter at an elevation of 10,000+ feet.  The program is appropriate for individuals both young and the old as the pace will be nice and easy and relatively flat.  Visitors should bring skis or snowshoes, warm weather-appropriate clothing, a water bottle, and headlamps.  This event is free and open to the public.    

 
 
Beaver: Nuisance or Opportunity?

Join us March 16th at Beaver Ponds for a very exciting talk by master beaver re-locator and Denver local Sherri Tippie. 

This just in! Sherri Tippie is going to speak at BP on March 16th at 7pm. The name of her talk is "Beaver: Nuisance or Opportunity?"

Relocating Beavers with Sherri 

Relocating Beavers with Sherri
 
Sherri Tippie, the top live trapper of the species in North America, rescues unwanted beavers in the Denver suburbs and then places them with farmers and beaver enthusiasts who eagerly provide new homes for them. Whether displaced from their pond, now part of a new housing development, or singled out for gnawing on trees at a gol f course, Tippie has relocated over 1,000 beavers to date and her chief priority remains to keep families together. According to Tippie, "We're asking so much of these animals and we're displacing them. They've moved into a place where they should be and we don't want them there. So if we're going to mess around with them then we need to treat them as well as possible and then put them at a place where they can live out their lives."

Sherri was featured in a PBS nature documentary called "Leave It to Beavers" and it can be viewed here: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/leave-it-to-beavers-video-beaver-rescue-in-denver/8845/

We are thrilled to have Sherri join us for this lively and engaging talk about our namesake.  This event is free and open to all ages!   
 
Can't make it?  Watch our Facebook page for other 2017 events.

Beaver Ponds was recently awarded a $7,000 grant from the Colorado Garden Foundation.  We are very grateful for this support as it is about half the funds needed to build to build two protective greenhouses to expand our sustainable agriculture programs in a facility that will help ward off zealous and hungry critters and hail storms from destroying our crops.  If you would like to help support this $15,000 project, please click here to make a donation.

Live in Colorado?  The Colorado Garden & Home Show is February 4-12 at the Colorado Convention Center.  This show is how the Foundation generates all the funds they award many organizations like Beaver Ponds.  They have very generously supplied us with a link for a discount ticket to the show  - please click here for a $2 off coupon for entry. 
Upcoming Events at Beaver Ponds
 
2017
February
11th - Full Moon X-Country Ski/Snowshoe,6pm
23rd - "The Red Fox: Natural History and Winter Ecology" Talk at Beaver Ponds, 7pm

March
11th - Free Public Day, Open to visitors between the hours of 11am - 3pm. 

April
22nd - Celebrate Earth Day at Beaver Ponds, Animals Need Water Too!!!

May
27th- Open House, enjoy a visit and special FREE programs!

June
24th - Free Public Day, Open to visitors between the hours of 11am - 3pm. 

July
22nd - Free Public Day, Open to visitors between the hours of 11am - 3pm.

August
12th- Save the Date for Beaver Ponds First Annual Fundraising Event, Details coming soon!

Moosin_ around Beaver Ponds

 
 
2016 Accomplishments 
  • Educating over 1250 visitors in 2016 - a 250% increase from the year prior!
  • Celebrating four years of delivering on our mission to provide environmental education that gives individuals of all ages the tools and knowledge to become better stewards of the earth.
  • Completing a one-mile loop trail that incorporates more than 30 learning opportunities.
  • Deploying iPads chock full of information for visitors to take on self-guided tours.
  • Partnering with schools like Bristlecone Montessori, Downtown Denver Expeditionary, and local public schools in Park, Jefferson, Denver and Summit counties to augment their science and math programs and get kiddos outdoors! Something a 2005 American Medical Association study says is a critical component of learning.
  • Collaborating with organizations like Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, Keystone Science School, INSTAAR (Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research) at CU - Boulder, Colorado State Forest Service, Nature's Educators, The Cottonwood Institute, Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative, University of Missouri Tree Ring Laboratory, and many more.
  • Benefiting from 41 volunteers who have collectively donated over 400 hours of their time to supporting Beaver Ponds in 2016 ~ the equivalent of nearly $10,000 in labor!
  • Delivering SOLD-OUT workshops on spinning fiber and medicinal plants.
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