December 2018
The Beaver Broadcast
Recreation and Colorado's Wellness
Our collective wellness in Colorado is intimately interwoven with the state of our natural resources.  Holidays are a time for recreation in Colorado. The Oxford English Dictionary defines recreation as “the process or means of refreshing or entertaining oneself” or “a pleasurable activity.” Much of what people find enjoyable in Colorado involves physical activity in the outdoors.   
  
Upcoming Events
Fun & Learning at Beaver Ponds
We have a full winter schedule planned of programming and events from our Winter Solstice Celebration to SnowSchool and free Ski/Snowshoe Days! View our whole schedule here
Staying Out Longer
I have a childhood memory of losing a boot in a snowstorm. My brother and the neighborhood kids found my lost boot and helped me home. I remember the exhilarating feeling brought on by the cold wind and blowing snow, by the sense of family out there in the elements. I could barely see across the yard. This is a fond memory. I have many more of these. I’m realizing the fondness I hold for them resonates from the joy and safety I felt spending, what seemed to be, endless hours outside.

Out and About
Explore Colorado
Need to regroup after the blur of the holidays? Check out these Colorado Winter Weekend Getaways.

Happy Holidays from Beaver Ponds
The holiday season represents a wide-variety of things to so many different people. I believe the holidays are a meaningful time to take a purposeful look around you. We are all shepherds like those that watched flocks long ago. We are shepherds of our families, friends, communities, and the earth around us. What better way can we share tidings of comfort and joy than by taking care of our global home?

A vital part of this during the season is to rethink how you celebrate and spread love. Everyone enjoys receiving a beautifully wrapped gift, however how can we reduce waste when giving? There are several ways to do this: give gifts in reusable bags; write names on your packages rather than using unnecessary gift tags some of which make that portion of the paper unrecyclable; send digital cards rather than mailed cards (the majority of which becomes unrecyclable when a stamp, seals or tape are used on them). Buy less. We started a family tradition this year of making each other gifts out of repurposed materials within our home and the kids loved this activity. Buy smart – look for locally made gifts and gifts made from recycled materials. Rethink regifting. My children go through their toys and decide what they want to wrap and give to the younger children in our family. Whenever possible buy battery-free gifts to cut down on electronic waste. Limit your family's time on electronics. Give the gift of recycling and implement a recycling program in your home at a small monthly cost. Implement nature-based, family activities like a nature walk after your holiday dinner to regroup and rejoice in the beauty around you. You can even turn this into an opportunity to count birds and pick up waste you find along the way!

Beaver Ponds has been as busy as beavers! We welcomed a new Program Manager, David Weed, who will be overseeing all of our valuable programming and we have an extremely robust winter season of activities planned. We are excited to announce we will be hosting free ski and snowshoe days, more Nature Immersion Forest Camps, SnowSchool, Folk Skills for teenagers, adult workshops and more! Check our website for updates and additions.

Our End-of-Year (EOY) Giving Campaign was a success thanks to all of our valued Earth Stewards! We sincerely appreciate all of the support we received. We are still offering our ‘#GiveADam – Stewards of the Earth Unite’ t-shirts here . As a nonprofit organization we encourage year round giving that can be done here . Please consider becoming a monthly donor to help us! A recent donor had these kind words for why they give every year,

"Always happy to support a great cause... I periodically go on the website and read the newsletters. So impressed with all the people the organization touches – especially the kids." 

Beaver Ponds staff is dedicated to providing an educational, enriching, and fun experience for families in a majestic setting. Our donors enable this to happen every year.

“It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.” 

Until next time,
Amity

Executive Director
Director of Development

Protect • Preserve • Educate
Tips for a more sustainable future

For 2019 we are beginning a new column that will provide you with monthly suggestions on how you can make less of an impact on the world around you. Our tips will be based on the 5 Rs and beyond: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, and Recycle!

Our first tip is reusable produce bags. For your next shopping trip – take this buddy with you! Reusable produce bags can be purchased online for a minimal price. I prefer cloth mesh or plain cloth bags that can be washed. If this is not an option for you then save the plastic produce bags you collect at the store and gently wash them with warm water and soap for reuse each trip. You will be surprised at how long they will last and how this small act reduces your plastic footprint significantly. I recommend keeping your produce bags in your reusable shopping bags in the trunk of your car, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting them when you go to the store!
Aromagarten: Olfactory Hues

Aromagarten is prevalent in German bath towns or healing villages in two types of gardens. The kurgarten (cure-garden) and the aromagarten (aromatic-garden) are gardens that are created with the intention to promote healing. The aromagarten is typically a path with raised beds of soil making it easy to stop, lean forward and “smell the roses”. 

At Beaver Ponds we have managed to cultivate many plants that tantalize the olfactory system. Notable plants in this high-altitude realm that have been successfully cultivated at Beaver Ponds includes thyme, marjoram, lemon balm, lavender, fennel, basil, dill, and cilantro. 

Our forest is another branch of our natural aromagarten with fields of sage, yarrow, juniper, pine, spruce, roses, and other plants providing us with aromatic oils and resins. Volatile essential oils such as pinene have been studied for stress reduction and blood pressure regulation. For more on this check out forest bathing as a tradition in Japan and the current research in this realm.  
Kids Korner
Book of the Month
I Can Make a Difference
by Marian Wright Edelman (Author), Barry Moser (Illustrator)

Order through Amazon Smiles and a percentage is returned to Beaver Ponds.

Marian Wright Edelman has drawn from a variety of cultures and peoples to compile a treasury of these timeless stories, poems, songs, quotations, and folktales that speak to all children to let them know that they can make a difference in today's world.

Activity of the Month
Eco-Friendly Crafts

During our snowy, winter months it may not always be feasible to spend time outside, although we promote it as much as possible! This blog article from the Queen of Crafts herself provides ideas that are not only eco-friendly and fun, but can help with your holiday giving!

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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!