Greeting from Beaver Ponds!
      Paul and visitors to our booth
at Burro days!
The best way to end your summer is to join us at Beaver Ponds for our  our Fifth Anniversary Shindig on August 26!  
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      Please come and help celebrate!

July has been a great month.  One of the things I enjoyed most was participating in Alma Fest and Burro Days here in Park County. There was great music, food, and crafts, but the best part was meeting the people.  Everyone had a unique story and many had experienced Beaver Ponds first hand.  Whether it was their children learning about the earth and her animals or adults who walked our trails and participated in our workshops, they all had something good to say.  And there were many out of state folks as well.  One of the most interesting was Vernon Klingenberg, who does regenerative farming on his land in Kansas.  His son's Farmer Derek's videos are a must watch!

July continued to be busy as our crops continued to grow. We purchased a hoop house thanks to the Colorado Garden Foundation's grant and continued to have many visitors.  

Lots of people attended Eric's monthly medicinal plant walk that occurs every month on the 10th (through November) and we had our largest open house ever with over 32 people attending. 

Don't forget to visit our  Kids Corner  and show your expertise on the  High Mountain Quiz -you might win a special Beaver Ponds outing or one of our classy polo shirts.

Thank you for being a part of Beaver Ponds!
Executive Director     

PS - Check the Beaver Ponds Facebook page and website for all the upcoming activities and events taking place this summer.


We are still looking for stories from YOU about how you are working to make our planet a better place every day!! We would like you to share with us what you, you and your friends or you and your family are doing this summer to help the environment, help animals or being more sustainable on this earth we call home. Some examples include high altitude gardening, composting, raising your own food, recycling, tagging birds, ....

Email us with your story/what you are doing along with pictures and we will publish your stories and pictures in our newsletter or website. The email is

More books for fun and inspirational Summer reads:

The Useful Moose: A Truthful, Moose-Full Tale                        
by Fiona Robinson

In this friendship story, a girl who is obsessed with moose brings some home to live in her townhouse in the city, where they quickly make themselves useful. Their hilarious housekeeping efforts and endearing friendship with the heroine make this a warm-hearted pick. Ages Preschool - 8

Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose                                                  By Dr. Suess
Join one of Dr. Seuss's most giving characters in the classic picture book Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose. Poor Thidwick's generosity proves the adage that no good deed goes unpunished, and soon everyone, from a tiny Bingle Bug to a huge bear, is taking advantage of our antlered hero. With Seuss's rhyming text and endearing illustrations, this beloved story about a kindhearted moose and the bullies that make a home on his horns is an ideal way to introduce children to the invaluable concept of self-respect.

Beaver Steals Fire:
A Salish Coyote Story                                           
by Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

A long time ago, fire belonged only to the animals in the land above, not to those on the earth below. Curlew, keeper of the sky world, guarded fire and kept it from the earth. Coyote, however, devised a clever plan to steal fire, aided by Grizzly Bear, Wren, Snake, Frog, Eagle, and Beaver. These brave and resourceful animal beings raided the land above and risked all to steal fire from Curlew.
Beaver Steals Fire is an ancient and powerful tale springing from the hearts and experiences of the Salish people of Montana. Steeped in the rich and culturally vital storytelling tradition of the tribe, this tale teaches both respect for fire and awareness of its significance, themes particularly relevant today. This unforgettable version of the story is told by Salish elder Johnny Arlee and beautifully illustrated by tribal artist Sam Sandoval.

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story
by Linda Sue Park
The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours' walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the "lost boys" of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya's in an astonishing and moving way.
Fiber The Ancient Art of Weaving: 
Solar Dying
The next class in our Fiber Workshop Series is The Ancient Art of Weaving:Solar Dying. It is being facilitated by fiber expert Jane Wunder, who has been spinning for over 40 years. 

Sign up by emailing Krissy at
or calling (719) 838-0143.

Fiber Workshop Series, The Ancient Art of Weaving:  Solar Dying
Class 1: Aug 19, 9 to 5pm  
Class 2: Sept 19, 9 to 5pm
This amazingworkshop will teach you how
to dye your own yarn (or fabric) using locally
gathered materials to make the dye.
 $45 per class

Hand Made Felted Boot Liners
Class 1: Saturday, Sept 30th, 1 to 4pm
Class 2: Saturday, Oct 7th, 1 to 4pm
$25 per class

 Later workshops are outlined below in Upcoming Events

In addition to learning all about the art of weaving, participants will also learn about keeping fiber animals and processing raw fiber. They will also get to meet and interact with the alpacas, goats, and a llama who annually contribute their fiber to the Beaver Ponds Sustainable Agriculture Program.
HMQ High Mountain Quiz


Calling all flora experts! Try naming our mountain flowers

! Last Chance to Win Big!


Take the quiz below and email us your answers. We will randomly choose a winner from the all entries received to win some Beaver Pond swag (sweatshirt, water bottle, hat, etc.) Winner will be posted next month along with the answers to this months quiz.
Send your answers to

Flower #1
Flower #2
Flower #3
Flower #4.
Flower #5

Flower #6

EricUpdate, Tips, and Tricks from the BP Greenhouse and Gardens to Yours!

Sorry to disappoint - but there is no blog this month. Eric is taking a much deserved break and is off to New York City to see Phish at Madison Square Gardens. As he relates to us, he is " going to dance and eat and be merry for a few days." His Blog will return next month.
ArticlesArticles we liked  - and You might like too 

Unfortunately (ha-ha), not all of us live in Colorado. We realize that many of our readers live all over the world. Therefore, we are researching articles that may spark new ideas and appeal to everyone concerned with our environment. Hope you enjoy a few we have found for this months newsletter.

Or, a lesson in learning to love opossums.

Forest Bathing: A Retreat To Nature Can Boost Immunity And Mood

Tiny houses aren't just for people; bats can be comfy and warm in them too.

9 natural ways to soothe those nasty bites.

A new survey has found Britons to be disturbingly out of touch with their natural surroundings, and that comes at a high cost.
Upcoming Events at Beaver Ponds

Plant Hikes-The 10th of every month until November
Identify m edicinal and native plants. 
Starts promptly at 9:30am at Beaver Ponds!  

South Park Chamber of Commerce Meet and Greet
August 17th 5:00pm to 7:00pm

August 26th @ 4:30pm
 Fifth Anniversary Shindig!
Come and enjoy beautiful Beaver Ponds - explore, hike, meet our alpacas and then eat and dance the night away to the sounds of 
Blue Recluse.
$60 per couple/$35 per individual/$15 per child under 18.
$15 for camping.
Pre event Hike Up Penn Mountain with Board Member Matt Ashley!
Fiber Workshop Series:
The Ancient Art of Weaving:  Solar Dying
Class 1: Aug 19, 9 to 5pm
Class 2: Sept 16, 9 to 5pm

Fiber Workshop Series:
The Ancient Art of Weaving: Hand Made Felted Boot Liners

Class 1: Saturday, Sept 30th , 1 to 4pm
Class 2: Saturday, Oct 7th, 1 to 4pm
$25 each, you can attend one or both if you would like.

Please support Beaver Ponds and help all of us become better stewards of the earth.

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