Greeting from Beaver Ponds!

It is July in the High Country! Time for being outdoors with family and friends and enjoying our special part of Colorado. I enjoy working, exploring and sharing our special place with our many visitors. At Beaver Ponds, we have the opportunity to work with a lot of bright and environmentally savvy children. Recently, we enjoyed working with Ms. Gregory's 3rd grade class from Upper Blue Elementary School. We were grateful that the children collected $162.00 and donated it to Beaver Ponds. That was so amazing!  

This past month we had over 200 visitors which included groups such as the Fairplay Library, Keystone Science Center, South Park Stewards, Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative, Boys and Girls Club of the High Rockies, Breckenridge Children's Museum, and The Cottonwood Institute.

With kids in mind, We have added the Kids Corner for our younger readers and their families. We want to know how you are making a difference in our environment . We would love to feature YOU in our newsletter.

Also, we are starting a High Mountain Quiz - how well do you know the plants, flowers and insects in our area? Test your knowledge!  And you might win some Beaver Ponds swag.

Check out our schedule of fun and interactive events happening every month at Beaver Ponds. All of us at Beaver Pond's would love to have you visit!

And join us for our Fifth Anniversary Shindig on August 26!   learn more

Enjoy the summer!
Executive Director     

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


Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center is a great place to visit - either with your family for a workshop or with your school. But we know 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

Books for great Summer reads:

My First Book about Beavers            
Amazing Animal Book -                         
by Molly and John Davidson.

A non-fiction children's picture book of beavers in their natural habitats.

The Busy Beaver (Life in the Wild)                                                 By Nicholas Oldland.
A clueless beaver discovers the impact his actions have on others.
If you like Busy Beaver, met his friends Bear and Moose and follow their adventures in Making the Moose Out of Life, Big Bear Hug, Walk on the Wild Side and Up The Creek.

Beaver Tales -                                             
By Audrey Tournay and the Apsen Valley Beavers

For well over 30 years, Audrey Tournay has rescued and raised beaver kits. She successfully did what wildlife biologists told her was impossible: she reintroduced them to the wild.
Tournay is founder of the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, where orphaned or injured moose, raccoons, ravens, skunks, foxes, fawns, woodchucks, muskrats, wolves, a lynx -- even a full-grown adult lioness -- have come into her care. Yet Tournay has a soft spot for beavers. That soft spot has occasionally been her bathroom, a makeshift den behind her woodstove, or on her lap. Her hands-on interaction with many beavers has given her a special understanding of these often misunderstood wetland animals. These wonderful, moving and often very funny stories reveal life with one of North America's most intelligent, innovative, and inventive wild creatures.

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.

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.

"Come and learn the ancient art of hand-spinning natural fiber. The process is meditative, sustainable, practical, and some say cosmically inspired," says Barrett. "You will learn about the history and sustainable aspects of spinning including the charkha, Gandhi's invention to promote freedom for the Indian people. You will experience and learn through over two hours of hands-on spinning in a small class where you will get very individualized attention." 

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 amazing 2-day workshop will teach you how
to dye your own yarn (or fabric) using locally
gathered materials to make the dye.
 $25 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
HMQ High Mountain Quiz

How well do you know the plants you live with?? 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

Colorado Mountain College Students Learning About the Micro-Fodder System
EricUpdate, Tips, and Tricks from the BP Greenhouse and Gardens to Yours!

Read Eric's blog to learn more about what is happening at Beaver Ponds, especially in our gardens!

Find out about:

* Soil Conditioning
* What is growing well                                      
 * And visits by:

- Boys and Girls Club of the High Rockies
- Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative 
- South Park Stewards
- Keystone Science Center

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!  
    July  22nd - Free Public Day,
Open to visitors 11am - 4pm.

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
This amazing 2-day workshop will teach you how
to dye your own yarn (or fabric) using locally
gathered materials to make the dye.  $25.*

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
Winter is coming and so are the holidays. Treat your
feet (or the feet of someone you love) to the cozy
luxury of alpaca boot liners handmade by you!
Easy and fun.
$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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