High Plains Environmental Center

2021 Programs & Events

Tipi Raisers Wicoti Ceremony

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED INDEFINTELY. On July 20th, the Oglala Sioux Tribe announced that the COVID-19 Risk Alert Level has been raised to orange, thereby restricting all unnecessary travel. "In light of these developments, we have made the decision to postpone the LakotaRide. A new date will be set when it is safe to do so, as our primary concern is to protect the Lakota people with whom we work and serve."

Save the date for the 7th annual Lakota Ride, a ride of reconciliation, that will begin in Sedalia, CO on July 24th and conclude at High Plains Environmental Center on July 28th with a Wicoti (camp) and closing ceremony.  This year's ride focuses on honoring individuals, organizations and communities, across Colorado's Front Range, who have supported the Lakota People of Pine Ridge through the Lakota Ride and other Tipi Raiser's initiatives over the years.  The celebration  will feature Native American dancers in full regalia, and other traditional festivities. Details will be coming soon. 

Colorado Native Plant Society Denver Chapter Meeting @ Denver Botanic Gardens Tuesday August 10, 2021

HPEC Executive Director Jim Tolstrup presents Suburbitat - Commemorating 20 years of success so far in restoring nature where we live work and play.

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project - ongoing

HPEC is partnering with the Butterfly Pavilion and the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP)  to bring this important citizen science opportunity to the communities near HPEC. Created to inform monarch conservation , the MLMP focuses on understanding the distribution and abundance of breeding monarchs throughout the US and Canada.

Monthly Bird Lover's Event Saturday August 7th 8:00 AM

Join us on on the first Saturday of each month  for a Bird Walk with seasoned birder Sheila Webber, and Bird Banding program with Scott Rashid, Director of the Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute.

Guided Interpretive Trail Walk Saturday August 14th 9:00 AM

Join our staff Restoration Ecologist, Kristin Oles, and volunteer Ecologist, Tim Merlino, for a guided interpretive walk of the HPEC's trails. Learn about the history of these lands, the restoration work that has been accomplished, the wildlife that lives here, and HPEC's role of ongoing stewardship to preserve our wildlife habitat.

High Plains Environmental Center Native Plant Sale April 4th through Sept 6th

High Plains Environmental Center's online native plant sales begin April 5, 2021. Native plants help to conserve water and support native wildlife, especially pollinators!

Owl Workshop & Banding Saturday August 7th 10:00 AM

Join us for a workshop presented by Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute Director, Scott Rashid, all about the 11 species of owls that inhabit Northern Colorado. He will be discussing the Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl, Borel, Owl Northern Pygmy-Owl, Flammulated Owl, and many more.
You will see Live Barn Owls being banded, and learn about the work that CARRI is doing to increase their numbers in Colorado. 

Summer Garden Tour Schedule

Our demonstration gardens are open daily to the public from dawn to dusk, so we invite you to take in the emerging and ever-changing textures, colors, fragrances, and unique characteristics of a multitude of beautiful water-saving Colorado native perennials, shrubs and grasses.  Visitors can stroll through on a self-guided tour, and study a diverse and artistic mix of native varieties, assisted by our nearby plant labels that list the genus and species as well as common names.  Prefer to book a guided tour for your group?  Contact us at info@suburbitat.org.
The following garden tour dates are already on our summer calendar:
Colorado Federation of Garden Clubs 
Saturday June 5
Colorado Native Plant Society
Saturday June 12
Colorado Herb Society
Saturday July 17
Front Range Wild Ones
Saturday September 4 

Get In Touch

For more information on any of our programs or events, contact us at (970) 622.9676 or send an email below.

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