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Tuesday, December 10th, is CO Gives Day! Scroll Down to Learn More HPEC's goal of adding a Tipi to the Medicine Wheel Garden & Wild Zone, & even pledge to Donate today!

Fall Community Lecture Series

The High Plains Environmental Center & Grimm Brothers Brewhouse will be hosting a Community Lecture Series this Fall, running Bi-Weekly from 9/24/2019 - 11/19/2019!

Registration Required.

See Below for More Details!


RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP AT HPEC!
 

A group of students from Front Range Community College conducted a Bio-Blitz at HPEC on April 26th. The students gathered a lot of great information about our wildlife and also raised concerns about the number of dogs off leash.
 
“Preliminary review of camera traps from February through April were very disappointing. Human tampering and significant dogs off leash were a major problem…it is clear that the intense human use and significant dogs off leash issue will greatly reduce all wildlife use.”
 
Pet owners need to know that some people are afraid of dogs or may have health issues where even very friendly dogs approaching or jumping up on them can be extremely distressing. Dogs off leash are a threat to wildlife and can reduce the number of species in our open space.     
 
In order to protect the rights of everyone at HPEC (wildlife included) TRAILS WILL BE PATROLLED RANDOMLY BY A PRIVATE SECURITY COMPANY.
 
Trails users should be advised that the City of Loveland leash laws (Loveland Ordinance 6.20.010 & 6.20.050) apply to all parts of the City, including HPEC, and violators can be fined up to $1000.

Colorado Gives Day 2019


HPEC is raising $3000 to add a Tipi to our Wild Zone (a natural play area) and Medicine Wheel Garden (an ethnobotany garden that showcases current and traditional names & uses of native plants by Plains Indian Tribes (Lakota).



The Tipi will be used for educational outreach with the Thompson District's 3rd grade, community events, and in hosting the annual LakotaRide, a 'Ride of Reconciliation' beginning in southern Colorado & ending on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

 
Click the Button below to schedule your donation to High Plains Environmental Center on Colorado Gives Day!



Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. This 1-day fundraising event was created by Community First Foundation with the financial support of FirstBank. On Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 you have the opportunity to support your favorite Colorado nonprofits and help them achieve their goals.

Fall Community Lecture Series

The High Plains Environmental Center & Grimm Brothers Brewhouse will be hosting a Community Lecture Series this Fall, starting on September 24th, 2019!

Attendees may also enjoy $1 off of their Pints that evening!

Topics include Worm Composting, Rainbarrels, Open Lands Stewardship, Fall & Winter Puning Techniques, and a lecture on Owls.

The Lecture Series is Free, but REGISTRATION is REQUIRED.

REGISTER HERE

*** Please note that the Lecture on 11/5/2019, Fall & Winter Pruning Techniques, will take place at the High Plains Environmental Center at 2698 Bluestem Willow Dr. in Loveland, CO. The time of the event will remain the same.***


Dates:

9/24
Lauren Sadowsky: Vermicomposting
This event will be an introduction into the world of liquid gold (worm castings): which worms are best for compost, what kinds of organic waste can go into a worm compost, how worms turn rotting organics into nutrient rich soil, what soil types worms prefer, why worm compost over regular compost, and those looking for tips on how to start their own worm bin at home.


10/8
Jessica Thrasher: Rain barrels
Join us on October 8th with Jessica Thrasher, Director of the
Headwaters Institute, to learn all about rainwater harvesting! This seminar will give you an introduction to the benefits of rainwater harvesting, best practices, a cost breakdown, and how to install a rain barrel at your home.

10/22
Scott Rashid: Barn Owls & Great Horned Owls
Scott Rashid, Director of the
Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute, will present on October 22nd about Barn Owls & Great Horned Owls. He will discuss feeding, mating, & migratory habits of these amazing creatures, as well as talk about preferred habitats, conservation methods, and how to create habitat in your own yard!


11/5
Sara Harris: Fall & Winter Pruning Techniques
Sara Harris, HPEC's Nursery Manager and Horticulturalist will present Pruning for the Fall & Winter. She will discuss dormant season pruning methods for various woody and herbaceous species used in landscapes throughout the region
*** Please Note that this Lecture will take place at the High Plains Environmental Center at 2698 Bluestem Willow Dr. in Loveland, CO. The time of the event will remain the same.***

11/19
Kristin Oles: Stewarding Natural Areas in the Winter
During the winter, natural areas may look dead, but most of the plants are actually only dormant. Additionally, rodents, insects, and other wildlife utilize various parts of the landscape to hibernate. That means natural areas are still very vulnerable to disturbance from human impacts. Outdoor activities (and potential negative impacts) continue even when the temperature drops, so this class will provide tips on continuing to be a good natural areas steward into the fall and winter.



REGISTRATION REQUIRED!


Please email Lauren@suburbitat.org if you have any questions.

FINAL Monthly Bird Walk with Sheila Webber

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-October in 2019. Walking will be at a slow pace on approximately 2 miles of level walking paths. Consider bringing binoculars and a field guide to enhance your birding experience. The Bird Walk group will meet in front of the HPEC Visitor's Center to begin the walk.
The event will be cancelled in the event of severe weather or muddy conditions.

 

Bird Walk Dates:

February 2nd

CANCELED- March 2nd

April 6th

May 4th

June 1st

July 6th

August 3rd

September 7th

October 5th

November 2nd



Habitat Friendly Landscape Guidelines Coming Soon!

The High Plains Environmental Center will be creating Habitat Friendly Landscape Guidelines in collaboration with The Butterfly Pavilion, CSU Extension, and Norris Design.

The guidelines are scheduled to be completed by Fall of 2020 and will be presented in the form of a Training Program for Landscape Professionals through the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado.


Snow on HPEC Trails

Please make sure to Take Extra Caution when using the trails around Houts Resevoir & Equalizer Lake during inclement weather or after snow & ice have built up. HPEC keeps up with snow removal to the best of our ability & staff capacity, but is not always able to clear trails immediately after a snowfall.

In addition, complete ice & snow removal on soft parts of the trails is almost impossible when it mixes in with dirt & gravel, so please Be Careful on soft parts of the trail, even if snow has been removed from the hard trail.


HPEC trails are open from Dawn to Dusk.

Native Plant of the Month

We have started a Native Plant of the Month section for our e-newsletters. Every month we will feature a different native plant based on what's in bloom and what's valuable for wildlife - and we'll let you know if we sell it at our native plant nursery!

This month we are featuring
Erysimum capitatum, or Western Wallflower...


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