Welcome To

THE HIGH PLAINS ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER

Visit Our Gardens & Trails

The High Plains Environmental Center is home to multiple Native Plants Demonstration Gardens, a 3.6 mile mixed pavement & gravel Trail System, and 275 acres of Open Space. Gardens & Trails are open to the Public from Dawn to Dusk.

2020 NATIVE PLANT SALE

WE’VE GONE DIGITAL!

Due to concerns over the spread of COVID19, you can now Order Native Plants ONLINE, and even schedule a time for Curbside Pickup on May 2nd, 16th, or 30th from 9am – 3pm!

VOLUNTEER WITH US

Are you interested in making a difference in your local community? Would you like to gain or improve your gardening skills? Do you have a passion for sustainability? If your answer is YES, then HPEC might be perfect for you!

Experience Loveland’s Living Laboratory

Welcome 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 as we lead workshops on ecological restoration, landscaping, and native plants. Attend presentations on wetland ecology, landscaping to support pollinators, and native wildlife. Work and play with us as we conduct citizen science projects.

Discover your place in the High Plains community.

Watch It Here

Native Plants & Pollinators

High Plains Executive Director, Jim Tolstrup discusses the importance of  native plants to wildlife.

High Plains Featured Initiatives

Native Plant Nursery

 Land Management Services

Land & Gardens

Upcoming Events & Programs

Community Garden

Plots are free and available to members of High Plains Environmental Center and Centerra Residents. 

Monthly Bird Banding

Join us on the first Saturday of each month, beginning on March 7th, 2020, for a Bird Banding program with Scott Rashid, Director of the Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute.

Monthly Bird Walks

Whether you’re a seasoned birder or an amateur, join Sheila Webber for a bird walk around Equalizer on the First Saturday of each month 8am-10am from February-November in 2020. 

Live Streaming Owl Cam

 

The Barn Owls on the camera below are on the High Plains Environmental Center’s (HPEC) property in  Loveland, Colorado. We have been monitoring Barn Owls at this location since 2015 with the assistance of the Colorado Avian Research & Rehabilitation Institute.

BARN OWL BOX

HPEC BARN

RAFTERS OUTSIDE OF THE BOX

HPEC BARN

Live Streaming Kestrel Cam

 

The Kestrels on the camera below are on the High Plains Environmental Center’s (HPEC) property in  Loveland, Colorado. We have been monitoring Kestrels at this location since 2019 with the assistance of the Colorado Avian Research & Rehabilitation Institute.

KESTREL BOX

HPEC VISITOR CENTER

Get Involved

Volunteer or Make a Donation to High Plains Environmental Center.

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Sign Up for the HPEC Newsletter

Enter your name and e-mail to be added to HPEC’s Monthly E-Newsletter! We’ll send you an email with exciting news, upcoming events, and volunteer projects. This is the best way to stay in the loop about all things HPEC!