High Plains Environmental Center

Partnerships with Schools

Eco Literacy

At HPEC we are dedicated to inspiring the environmental stewards of tomorrow. Our eco-literacy program includes innovative approaches to getting kids outdoors exploring and developing a love of their surroundings.
We have hosted innumerable school field trips focusing topics such as gardening, native plants, sustainability, wildlife and Native American studies.

HPEC has had direct involvement with schools in the Thompson School District and throughout Northern Colorado in helping to create lesson plans in ecology and horticulture. HPEC has also helped numerous schools to create vegetable gardens and native plant/pollinator gardens for outdoor studies.


As an active partner with the Thompson School District HPEC has provided support and guidance for projects at the following schools.

  • HPEC- Ecoliteracy
  • Van Buren Elementary
  • High Plains School
  • Truscott Elementary
  • Big Thompson Elementary
  • Centennial Elementary
  • Cottonwood Plains Elementary
  • Ponderosa Elementary
  • Namaqua Elementary
  • Walt Clark Middle School
  • Ferguson High School


“We have created an exciting partnership with High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC) for the outdoor classroom project. Through this partnership, the walls of our outdoor classroom will be created by native trees, shrubs, grasses and perennials that help restore nature where our students “live, work and play.”

Michelle Mandeville
Namqua Ecology Club