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Greetings from Beaver Ponds!
5th Anniversary Shindig chat by fire

5th Anniversary Shindig

talking before dinner


5th Anniversary Shindig

band - Blue recluse 

Grateful for our Fall Harvest

Fall is in full swing now at Beaver Ponds.  The leaves have gone from green to brilliant shades of yellow and red and finally to new compost for the earth.

I am grateful for our fall harvest which provided so much wonderful food for our August Shindig and for the excellent sauerkraut and Kimchi that Eric taught us to make. 

I am grateful for the warm alpaca felt insoles that Jane Wunder taught us to make at one of our fall fiber workshops.

I am grateful for the happy smiles on the youth from Guffey elementary and the Downtown Denver Expeditionary School who visited us this Fall.

I am grateful for the wise students from Metro State University and Colorado Mountain College who helped us with our water sampling for our watershed protection plan (thanks to South Park National Heritage Area for the grant!)

There are so many things to give thanks for about this wonderful place called Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center. If you agree, please join us this coming Colorado Gives Day (December 5th) and make a donation to Beaver Ponds. We will be sending out a special newsletter in mid-November to let you know how you can donate. 

Thank you for being a part of Beaver Ponds!

Executive Director     

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shoe liner felting class

final products

Guffey students making Propellers
Guffey students learning about propellers and wind


We are happy to introduce our first Jr. reporter - Jessica Stubs
I am Jessica Stubs, a 16 year-old working at the Oakland zoo as a Teen Wild Life Guide, a "TGW" in California. I love being able to dedicate my time to a worthy cause, and fuel my passion for animals and the environment, and being a TWG allows me to participate important preservation and educational efforts to create global change.
One crucial job we perform is familiarizing the public about conservation efforts that help the animals and their environments at the zoo. One major topic we cover is the devastating role of palm oil and how its consumption directly results in the deforestation of some of the world's only biodiversity hotspots which are home to hundreds of endangered plants and animals, like the sun bears at the zoo.
Palm oil is in almost half of American food products, from soaps to peanut butter; it is a cheap oil that even organic and natural companies use in their ingredients. Palm oil is grown in large plantations of deforested rainforest In South America and Asia, destroying the habitats of animals like tigers and orangutans, and leaving them vulnerable to be sold as bushmeat or into the illegal pet trade. It is not only driving animals to extinction, but also cutting down one of the most dense and nutrient rich regions of the world. The positive outlook of palm oil is that by simple consumer choices and actions, like checking food labels to avoid palm oil, it directly leads to the  decline of these products and their pushes companies to make necessary and critical changes.

Articles I found about palm oil that I would like to share:

Say No to Palm Oil
'It's up to us': why business needs to take a stand on palm oil

Global Palm Oil Demand Fueling Deforestation

You too can be a Junior Reporter!

Write 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 to help the environment, help animals or being more sustainable on this earth we call home.

Email us with your story idea and we will help you develop an article we will publish in our newsletter or website. The email is

 Book Thoughts:
Fall is coming and animals are thinking of Hibernating -
Find out why:
For younger readers:

What Is Hibernation? (Science of Living Things)
by John Crossingham and  Bobbie Kalman

Intended for ages 6-12, this work includes full-color photographs and text that combine to give children a view of the many different ways that animals sleep it off. Highlights include: how an animal's body uses fat to survive and even wake itself up; how an animal finds and prepares its den for hibernation; and more.

National Geographic Readers:                      Sleep, Bear!                 
by Shelby Alinsky     

Follow a bear cub and its family as they prepare to hibernate for the winter. Through engaging text features, such as the vocabulary tree and the wrap-up activity, kids will be introduced to vocabulary in concept groups-helping them make connections between words and expanding their understanding of the world.


 All About Animals in Winter                                      (Celebrate Winter)                  
by Martha E. H. Rustad

Some animals' fur turns white. Other animals hibernate. Winter is here! Celebrate the season with lovely photos and a simple design that beautifully support early readers.

Fun Fiction Hibernating Stories -

Curious George  - A Winter's Nap                 
by H. A. Rey    

After learning about hibernation, George decides that the best way to spend the cold winter months is the way that bears do it-fast asleep! But first it's too bright in his room; then it's not cave-like enough; and then it's too loud. When George finally does get to sleep, he wakes up to discover that he slept only one night, not the whole winter! Will George be convinced that winter can be a wonderland of fun after all?
Includes a question-and-answer activity on hibernation as well as a craft project to make your own teddy bear cave.

Hibernation Hotel
by John Kelly

It's time for Bear to hibernate, but he just can't get to sleep because his cave is crowded with all of his friends. Raccoon snores, Beaver fidgets, and Skunk doesn't exactly smell too good. So Bear gets a great idea and reserves a room at the Hibernation Hotel. "This is the life!" he exclaims, eating all the snacks he wants and bouncing up and down on the bed. But for some reason, at bedtime, he still can't sleep. Could something be missing?

Winter reads for Young Adults and Families -
Winter of the Crystal Dances
(Whinnies on the Wind)
 by Angela Dorsey                                           

Evy can telepathically understand horses, but she's not sure if it's a blessing or a curse. Her secret "gift" certainly seems to get her in a lot of trouble. When some starving mustangs wander close to the wilderness cabin that she shares with her hermit mother she knows she must help them. Her act of kindness quickly snowballs into a series of events that forever changes her life and the life of a very special mustang filly.


by Mimi Thebo
A vivid sense of the wilderness and nature's power comes through in this intriguing and tension-filled Young Authors novel narrated by a contemporary teen. Perfect for animal lovers.

Darcy's dad, a naturalist, moves their family from England to the snowy wilderness of Yellowstone National Park. Mum, Dad, and older brother Jem are all thriving, but Darcy misses her friends, and civilization, including WiFi. She's also sick, getting weaker with each day, and having strange dreams-or are they something else?
Then she finds an injured mother bear whose cubs were killed by hunters. The bear is enormous, and powerful, but she doesn't threaten Darcy-she makes Darcy feel alive. The bear needs Darcy just as much as Darcy needs her. Darcy must help her, even though she might not be well enough to take care of the bear, let alone herself.
A mystery illness, shifting points of view, and dreamlike sequences make this an unusual and immersive story. Darcy is brave and resourceful, but nothing has prepared her to confront nature's ultimate question: Can a girl and a wild bear triumph over the basic rule of survival: kill or be killed.
Fun Family Challenge - Can you Survive:  
Can You Survive the Wilderness?                         (You Choose: Survival)
by Matt Doeden
The wilderness is a place of beauty and peace. But it is also filled with fierce predators, poisonous plants, and raging rivers.

Will you: Try to survive the harsh mountains of Alaska after being abandoned during an outdoor training trip? Struggle to make your way out of the deep forests after becoming lost in Australia's Blue Mountains? Attempt to find help for your injured brother in Washington's Cascade Mountains?

Join Us!
Halloween Fun and Sasquatch Lore halloween
Saturday, October 28th
Starting at 5:00pm


Erik chopping fresh veggies for the Shindig
GreenhouseUpdate, Tips, and Tricks from the BP Greenhouse and Gardens to Yours!

Eric's blog has been so successful it has been taken up as a monthly topic for Ute Country News. Read it here too!

 In water is health - An obvious truth?
            Everyone lives downstream.   You do not have to be a fisherman, biologist, or a rancher to realize that organisms rely on water to SURVIVE. If you are alive and reading this you know deep in your mammalian bone marrow that water is lifeblood. In water is health.
            How can we improve our relationship with water as a species? Water is more than a precious resource.  The snowmelt from the Rockies is a source of water for local inhabitants and beyond, ultimately traveling as far away as the Gulf of Mexico and then perhaps even Antarctica. Rekindle the appreciation of the sound of water, the feel of water, the taste of fresh water. And get out and enjoy the watersheds in responsible and sustainable ways.
            Another activity people can do beyond just appreciation and enjoyment is to collect data. We need to continue to learn about and understand healthy and unhealthy aquatic habitats.   Citizen science that involves thousands of people all over the world is part of what helps us to understand our environment. The worldwide distribution of certain micro-plastics and micro-beads is a good example of everyone living downstream as well as how citizen science can help collect valuable information about our world. Some organisms are more sensitive to toxic substances, heavy metals, solvents, petroleum products, mining waste, and other pollution than other organisms.           
            Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center is located on the Sacramento Creek near Fairplay Colorado. We are very fortunate to have opportunities to work with many individual citizens and groups that truly understand and appreciate the watersheds in Ute Country. The watersheds in Colorado are spectacular. Lets keep it that way for future generations!
            Three groups of people really stand out to me for passing on knowledge about our natural environments here in Colorado. One group is scientists and educators with an insatiable curiosity and commitment to lifelong learning and teaching. Another group, hunters, fisherman, and ranchers, have a direct connection to the land, habitats, insect hatches, animal scat, tracks, as well as preparation and preservation of food. Native American tradition and knowledge is the third example.  We could all stand to learn more about our natural world.
            The South Park National Heritage Area is a scenic and bio-diverse region attracting hunters, fisherman, ranchers, hikers, rock climbers, mountain bikers and more who marvel at the natural beauty as Native Americans surely did for thousands of years before us.  We thank the South Park National Heritage Area for a grant allowing us to develop the Sacramento Creek Protection Plan (SCPP) and to get community members involved in water research. Other thanks go out to CUSP (Coalition for the Upper South Platte), River Watch, and other organizations helping to better understand our aquatic environments.     Hope you get out and enjoy some water today!
Eric Chatt

EventsUpcoming Events at Beaver Ponds
Open House: Sasquatch Lore
October 28th, 2017 
 Starting at 5:00pm

Holiday Harvest Gifts - Learn to Make Balms and Salves
Friday, November 10th from 3:00 to 5:00
  Learn to make simple holiday gifts such as sage soap
and calendula balm in this hands-on approach to gift giving with a healthcare and creative twist. 
Join Eric Chatt N.D. in a fun and active learning workshop about
soap, tincture, salve, and balm making.  In this workshop you will utilize local herbs (grown and wild-crafted) from the gardens and
forest at Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center in preparing a custom soap and salve. 
Cost $15. 
Public Day - Free
Welcome to the Winter Pot Luck
Saturday, November 18th from 11:00-3:00
Bring your best dish made with Colorado produced, natural foods.
If you'd like to share your recipe, we'll compile it in a recipe book
you'll get for free - just for attending. 
Prizes for Most Original Recipe and Most Yummy Dish.
We'll eat at noon and provide free tours and hikes.


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

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