The highlight of our Earth Day is sure to be the "Animals Need Water Too!" program that starts at noon.

Nature's Educators is bringing along their osprey and other critters like a water snake for a not-to-be-missed hands-on program!
Water is such an important resource.  Plants and animals all need water in order to survive.  However, there are some animals that depend on it more than others.  During this unique program, meet some of the wildlife species that live in or around water.  Find out how they use the riparian e cosystem to live, eat, and play their own important role helping keep their habitat functioning.

Schedule of Events

Noon: Animals Need Water Too!

2pm: Live toe-tapping music

Guided ecology hikes on the interpretive trail all day on the half-hour.

BYOT-shirt (or scarf) and make your ve ry own tie-dye out of nature-derived dyes!

Celebrate our earth and learn how to become a better steward of her.    

that you can share with your students, friends, family, and other who might be interested in joining in the fun.

For many of us, spring has already sprung, but up here at 10k feet we often get lots of snow in the month of April.  As you may know, 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 two protective greenhouses. 

These structures will
help ward off zealous, opportunistic, and hungry critters (like the tenacious chipmunk pictured above) and hail storms from destroying our crops, as they have  the past two growing seasons. 
Share your story about critters raiding your garden. We will post the top submissions in an upcoming newsletter. Send your experience to   

In addition to providing added protection to our crops, the new greenhouses will extend our growing season to at least ten months (including the snowy month of April), serve as a live teaching model for greenhouse construction and use, and provide fresh veggies and food for our community - as well as seeds!
If you would like to help support this $15,000 project, please click here to make a donation. 

There is a place to designate "Greenhouse" on the donation form.  You're welcome to send a check to: PO Box 995 Fairplay, CO 80440
Big thanks to the folks who have contributed to the project so far..we still have a ways to go, so please contribute today! 

Greetings from Beaver Ponds ~

We hope yo u can join us for our Earth Day celebration this month.  If you live too far is our hope that you will find your local "Beaver Ponds" to support!

Beaver Ponds has had a busy winter.  We sponsored two informative talks (one on the red fox and another on beavers), held our first ever full moon snowshoe, and hosted numerous youth groups who learned about and experienced the local winter ecosystem.  A Summit Foundation grant for new snowshoes, poles and programming was instrumental in making this possible. Two dozen new chicks arrived in late March and they seem to double in size almost weekly!  
Questions? Concerns?  Want to schedule a time to visit?  You can reach me anytime at  I would appreciate the chance to visit.    


Executive Director

PS - Have you checked out our blogs lately?  Here is our latest, "Chronology: Two Years in Review."  It is all about the dendro and herb chronology scientific studies Beaver Ponds has helped facilitate the past couple years.  
Upcoming Events at Beaver Ponds
22nd - Celebrate Earth Day at Beaver Ponds, Animals Need Water Too!!!

May 25th - Join Volunteers Greg & Diane Ambrose to learn more about our Citizen Science Projects at Beaver Ponds! 7pm

We will discuss ongoing and new citizen science projects at BP along with other volunteer opportunities. Current projects include: tracking plant phenology, sampling forest inventory plots, and mapping and characterizing active and abandoned beaver ponds.

27th-  Free Public Day, Open to visitors between the hours of 11am - 3pm.  

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

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

August 26th -
Beaver Ponds First Annual Cowboy Cookout Event, Details coming soon!
Fiber Workshop Series, The Ancient Art of Weaving:
$25 each, you can attend as many or as few as you would like.

Rug Yarn Weaving Creations
Class 1: Saturday, June 10th , 1 to 5pm
Class 2: Saturday June 17th, 5 to 9pm
Gather up natural and found objects for this fun workshop. We'll be creating natural art from beautiful alpaca and llama rug yarn as well as found items. Bring twigs, rusty cans, bits of fabric, photos: anything you want to include in your weaving.

Drop Spindle
Thurs, June 15th, 4 to 8pm
Come and learn the ancient art of hand-spinning natural fiber. The process is meditative, sustainable and practical. A repeat of last summer's very popular class.

Solar Dying
Class 1: Aug 19/20, 9 to 4pm
Class 2: Sept 19/20, 9 to 4pm
This amazing 2-day workshop will teach you how to dye your own yarn (or fabric) using locally
gathered materials to make the dye.
$50 for both days.

Hand Made Felted Boot Liners
Class 1: Saturday, Sept 30th , 1 to 4pm
Class 2: Saturday, Oct 7th, 1 to 4pm
Winter is coming and so is Christmas. Treat your feet (or the feet of someone you love) to the cozy
luxury of alpaca boot liners handmade by you! Easy and fun.

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