High Plains Environmental Center

School Programs

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.

Interested in scheduling a Field Trip or planning a Course or School Program? Please reach out to info@suburbitat.org


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

  • 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
  • Fort Collins High School
  • Greeley Central High School



Through collaboration with Higher Education institutions, HPEC has hosted Interns & Volunteers, supported Research Projects, given Guest Lectures, and served as a Satellite Classroom & Field Trip Location for:

  • Colorado State University
  • Front Range Community College
  • AIMS Community College
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of Denver

“We have created an exciting partnership with High Plains Environmental Center 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