High Plains Environmental Center
HPEC opened our new educational visitor center in May 2017, with a specific focus on conserving and restoring Colorado’s unique native bio-diversity in the midst of development. The center demonstrates, through extensive gardens and exhibits, the benefits to wildlife and water conservation derived from the use of native plants in landscaping, open space, and urban stormwater ponds.
In 2016, Thompson School District opened a school (pre-K through 8) adjacent to HPEC. The school, which is intended to have a collaborative relationship with HPEC, has a STEAM curriculum and a heightened focus on science and environmental sustainability.