A Message to You from Beaver Ponds
Executive Director, Paul Alexander 
Greetings from Beaver Ponds ~

Can you believe the snow is still deciding whether or not to stop up here in the high country? Yet that doesn't stop our summit preschools from planting potatoes to start off the growing season!

Summit Preschoolers Planting Potatoes 

What's the weather like in your neck of the woods? Are you planning a garden or is your garden season well under way? Read on to find out from staff member, Eric, what's going on with our greenhouse and beds at Beaver Ponds!

Visitors have been socializing our new flock of chickens - who are now very docile and sweet
In other news -- be sure to sign up for fiber workshops coming soon - the first one is tomorrow! Click here to learn more.

We're looking forward to another busy and fun season at Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center with you, the community! Thank you for helping us all become better stewards of the earth!
You can reach me at palexander@beaverponds.org.    



Executive Director

PS - Check the Beaver Ponds Facebook page and website for all the upcoming activities and events taking place this summer -- including our upcoming River Watch Water Quality Days, the first one is next week on the 12th!   
Kevin Helping With River Watch Sampling
KevinThank You Kevin!

At the end of June, Kevin Hosman, Director of Operations, will be leaving Beaver Ponds. 

Kevin has been with Beaver Ponds for over three years and his leadership, hard work, and dedication helped grow our once fledgling center in myriad ways.  When Kevin started, Beaver Ponds had only a small number of visitors each year.  Last year, total visitors reached over 1250.  More than 40 student and youth organization groups participated in Beaver Ponds programming.  

Today, Beaver Ponds is a vibrant well-established and growing organization. Kevin helped bring about and find funding for a number of scientific research projects - like dendro and herb chronology.  Under his leadership, our sustainability program has been expanded significantly - including the fiber program. 

In addition to helping care for the animals and being there to greet visitors at any time of the day, Kevin also helped to strengthen partnerships with MALT, MRHI, the Boys and Girls Clubs  of the High Rockies,  and others.   Whether working with preschool-aged children or stepping into the river to sample with volunteers, Kevin has been a true steward of the land and our mission.   He is well respected in the Park County community and served on the South Park Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  We wish him all the best in his next endeavors.  Thank you Kevin!
FiberCosmically Inspired Fiber Workshops!

The Fiber Workshop Series, The Ancient Art of Weaving & Spinning is being facilitated by fiber expert Jane Wunder who has been spinning for over 40 years and will be assisted by Beaver Ponds staff. Sign up by emailing Krissy at kbarrett@beaverponds.org 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.

The first workshop being offered on June 10th from 1-5pm is Rug Yarn: Weaving Creations.

"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," explains Program Coordinator Kristin Barrett. "Bring twigs, memorabilia, bits of fabric, photos, etc. Basically, anything you want to include in your weaving. Jane encourages us that 'the crunchier the better!'" Can't make it that day? The same workshop will be presented on Saturday, June 17th from 5-9pm. Space is limited and the workshops are expected to sell-out, so please reserve your space today.

Next up... The Drop Spindle workshop is being offered from 4-8pm on June 15th.

"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."  Later workshops are outlined below...
Colorado Mountain College Students Learning About the Micro-Fodder System
EricUpdate, Tips, and Tricks from the BP Greenhouse and Gardens to Yours!

"It's a good time to give your greenhouse a thorough cleaning to prepare for the summer with a bit of pest and mold prevention. Things you can do to clean the area and prepare include cleaning with a bleach/water solution, cleaning using vinegar/water, burning sulfur in a diffuser to kill fungal spores, and tidying up before the summer gets into full swing.

Other preventative measures can go a long way for success! Soils may be left outside during the colder nights to kill insect larvae. Placing the soil in direct sunlight can help sterilize it as well. Whiteflies and aphids are primarily what we have come across in the geothermal greenhouse"; In the coming months we will share more of our preventive strategies, integrative models, and sustainable ways to react to new challenges. We would love to share your ideas as well.  Please send your garden hints to Eric:  echatt@beaverponds.org.
Upcoming Events at Beaver Ponds

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, memorabilia, 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, practical and, some say, cosmically inspired.
 A repeat of last summer's very popular  class.

Plant Hikes-The 10th of every month till November.
Free. Identify
Medicinal and native plants.  Starts promptly at 9:30am at Beaver Ponds!  
RWJune 12th, 8:30-10:30 am.  River Watch Water Quality Monitoring-Volunteers needed! 
 Free training on scientific sampling methods and stream health and ecology.  Other dates July 6th and August 7th.

June 24th - Free Public Day, Open to visitors between 11am - 4pm. 
Splish, Splash, Buzz is for children ages 4 and older with a parent.  "This is going to be a great time for families with kids who are active, love the water, and learning about bugs," shares Program Coordinator Kristin Barrett. "We'll answer questions like -- What kind of aquatic insect builds its own house from tiny pebbles? What does a baby dragon fly look like? What insect has a lightning fast, expandable jaw to capture its prey?" Parents and kids should plan to get wet while learning all about bugs and water and should bring water shoes.

July  22nd - Free Public Day, Open to visitors between the hours of 11am - 4pm.

August  26th- Save the Date
for Beaver Ponds First Annual Fundraising Event, Details coming soon!

Fiber Workshop Series, The Ancient Art of Weaving:  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.*

Fiber Workshop Series, The Ancient Art of Weaving: Hand Made Felted Boot Liners
$25 each*, you can attend one or both if you would like.
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.

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

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