November 2018
The Beaver Broadcast
Simple Living, Nature, and Wonder at Beaver Ponds
One of the joys in education is the wonder and curiosity of people. My organic chemistry teacher used to say “don’t let academia beat the three year old curiosity out of you.” We are hardwired to explore and learn about our environment as humans. Experiences in nature can help reconnect us to rhythms of life, patterns in the world, our interconnections and interdependence.  

Upcoming Events
Fun & Learning at Beaver Ponds
There’s always something fun and educational to do at Beaver Ponds. We will have open ski and snowshoe days all winter and SnowSchool is starting! View our whole schedule here
Watershed Watch
It seems like winter came in fast this year. I woke up to 17 below zero (that’s Fahrenheit) in October. That’s a surprise even for those of us that are used to the crazy weather and temperature swings in these mountains. A silent snowfall is happening as I write. No wind, just flakes drifting down in a white-out dance. The silence is a harbinger of winter’s silence; a cold beauty that slows everything down, a palpable sound of no sound that engulfs the life that, only a few months before, was vibrant and noisy. 

Out and About
Explore Colorado
Looking for fun, outdoor activities to enjoy this winter beyond the slopes? Here are some great ideas! Be sure to check the Beaver Ponds website to stay current on all of our winter programming as well.

Give the Gift of Conservation
Today is #GivingTuesday which is always an important day for nonprofit organizations. #GivingTuesday is a global giving movement. Everyone can make an impact on #GivingTuesday.

You can give the gift of conservation today by supporting Beaver Ponds and its programming. Your donation enables us to continue our Watershed Protection, Environmental Education initiatives, and allows us to raise awareness in protecting the world around us. This is how our #GiveADam hashtag was born - to inspire awareness. We’ve tried to make it as easy for you as possible by providing several different ways to donate:

·      #ColoradoGives day is on December 4th and is our target give day as it qualifies us for special incentives. You can schedule donations for this day as part of your #GivingTuesday pledge by accessing our donation site here .
·      Buy a t-shirt here and promote our cause #giveadam – Earth Stewards of the World Unite!
·      Create your own personal fundraising page here and set an individual fundraising goal - we can even provide you tips and materials to promote and will personally recognize you on our social media.

Stay tuned to our website for updates and progress!

We received positive feedback on our #1WeekPlasticChallenge as part of our End-of-Year Giving Campaign #GiveADam. The #1WeekPlasticChallenge is a social media knowledge campaign that helps raise awareness on our plastic crisis. Families will collect their unrecyclable plastics for a week (like the majority of candy wrappers) and will then share with their social network by challenging others to also participate. We encourage you to continue the challenge. Follow the movement on Facebook .

In 2019, with your help, we plan on implementing the following:

·        A WORMZ program to teach all age groups the importance of vermiculture and compost.
·        A Super Steward Ambassador program that will allow off-center programming to be held in surrounding communities.
·        Sponsored TerraCycle zero waste bins at key locations like schools and youth group facilities.
·        Watershed Protection Education collaborations with partner organizations.
·        Greenhouse expansion that will allow us to build a more robust Farm-to-School program.

‘The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everbody involved.’
- Richard Rogers

Until next time,
Amity
#GiveADam #StewardsOfTheEarthUnite
 
Executive Director
Director of Development

Protect • Preserve • Educate
Blueberry Spinach Salad

Ingredients:

3 ½ ounces Spinach
¾ Cup Blueberries, fresh or frozen
10 ounces canned Mandarin oranges
½ a red or white onion, thinly sliced
¼ Cup Cider vinegar
6 Tablespoons Orange juice
2 Tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon Vegetable Oil
¼ teaspoon Paprika
¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons Honey

Add walnuts, blue cheese crumbles or goat cheese to taste.

Serves: Six as an appetizer or three as a seide dish.

Preparation:

Rinse spinach under cold, running water, spin in a salad spinner or pat dry with paper towels.
2. Rinse blueberries under cold running water.
3. Drain mandarin oranges.
4. Put ¼ cup spinach in each bowl (1/2 cup if making 3 servings) and top each bowl with 2 tablespoons blueberries, a few oranges, and a few slices of onions (if using).
5. Whisk together vinegar, oil, orange juice, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, and honey.
6. Pour dressing over salads and serve.

Recipe comes from Sandy Grady & Theresa Hafner, Denver Public Schools
Willow (Salix spp.)
Willow is a challenging plant to taxonomically identify on the species level. There is constant cross-breeding and nomenclature can be a challenge. Most of the willow that we see in the high country is bushy in stature and usually nestled next to streams and bodies of water. A source of food for wildlife and a source of medicine for people in the form of acetyl-salicylic acid (aspirin), willow has been used traditionally as an anodyne (pain reliever) and analgesic, anti-inflammatory plant for many generations.   

This plant, like Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is one that is handy for backcountry medicine and first aid. Boiling the bark from the young parts of the plant can extract antiseptic chemical constituents that can be applied locally as a poultice. For an infected wound, a tea (for external application) can be made by using the boiled bark (over 30 minutes in a covered pot) along with a Tablespoon of boric acid per pint of water. This tea can be used as a wash as well.  

Kids Korner
Book of the Month
The Everything Kids Environment Book
by Sheri Amsel

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

Everything we do has an impact on the world around us--from the clothes we wear and food we eat to the gardens we grow and the trash we throw away. And to take the best care of the earth--and ourselves--it's important to make smart choices. With  The Everything Kids' Environment Book , you'll find out what you can do every day to help protect our planet. You'll also learn why the rainforest is so important to us, how animals go extinct, and what environmentalists can tell us about taking good care of our world.

Learn how to "go green" and to:
  • Find new uses for recycled grocery bags.
  • Create your own greenhouse.
  • Make acid rain--safely!--to see how it affect plants.
  • Test organic food against foods grown with chemicals.
  • Make your own compost pile.
  • Re-create deforestation with the soil from timbered trees.
  • Test your sensitivity to noise.

Whether you are in the classroom, surfing the Internet, or just hanging out with your friends, you can make a difference. Start today--so our Earth can live another 4.5 billion years!

Activity of the Month
Outdoor Winter Fun

In the spirit of our Nature Immersion programming we would like to share ideas of how you can keep your children engaged with nature even during the chilly months.

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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!