Our outreach, education, and volunteer programs were quite busy in 2016! We celebrated HPEC’s 15th birthday, registered Centerra as the first Community Wildlife Habitat in Colorado through the National Wildlife Federation (and we are actively working towards certification), held monthly bird walks, partnered with Loveland Water and Power for the monthly Community Stewardship Lecture Series, attended many of our partner’s events, hosted a Powwow, engaged students from all over the Thompson School District, and more!
136 volunteers contributed 622 hours of volunteer time to HPEC. Volunteer projects this year included building a new cold frame, planting over 200 5-gallon shrubs along HPEC’s trail, building a fence around HPEC’s vegetable and community gardens, Loveland’s Annual Waterways Clean-Up Event, Adopt-a-Roadway along Boyd Lake Avenue, Spring Clean-Up Event, transplanting, planting, weeding and mulching. Also, with the help of our volunteers we have donated 1,331 pounds of fresh produce from HPEC’s vegetable garden to the House of Neighborly Service and FoCo Cafe. Thank you to our amazing volunteers that generously volunteered their time throughout 2016!
We raised $3,780 on Colorado Gives Day! That's enough for 50 heirloom fruit trees for our orchard! We will be planting the trees, including apple, cherry, and plum, on Earth Day, April 22, 2017. If you're interested in volunteering that day, let us know!
We are looking forward to 2017, and we have a lot of exciting events and programs in the works! Look at our upcoming newsletters for more information about our Friends of HPEC program, volunteer opportunities, workshops, Community Stewardship Lecture Series, monthly bird walks, community garden expansion, and of course, our Grand Opening and Native Plant Sale on Saturday, May 13 where you can visit our new Educational Visitor Center, check out our gardens, buy some plants, and enjoy local food and live music.
Kelley Driscoll – Community Services Coordinator