Welcome To High Plains Environmental Center

Restoring nature where we live, work, and play.

HPEC August 082Welcome to the High Plains, where the sun shines more than 300 days each year and the passing clouds release barely enough water to support life. Yet somehow, plants, animals, and people thrive and coexist here.

We invite you to experience our living laboratory at High Plains Environmental Center. Discover how to live in better harmony with the land. Explore the connection between sustainable living and ecological processes that foster personal and community well-being.

Visit the HPEC, walk our trails, and participate in fun, educational activities. Join us at workshops on water, energy conservation and efficient consumerism. Work and play with us as we conduct wildlife studies and environmental research. Discover your place in the High Plains community.



Upcoming Events

Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Denver Botanic Gardens


Registration for the much anticipated 3rd annual Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference on February 10th at Denver Botanic Gardens is now open! The past two years this conference has sold out with a long waiting list so it’s best to register ASAP. Keynote speaker is Panayoti Kelaidis with an impressive list of speakers in the breakout sessions. This conference has been put together by a coalition of native plant enthusiast organizations: Butterfly Pavilion, CSU Extension, Native Plant Master Program, Colorado Native Plant Society, Denver Botanic Gardens, Front Range Wild Ones, High Plains Environmental Center and Susan J Tweit. See schedule, session details and register¬†here!


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