December 2016 Newsletter
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Happy Holidays from High Plains Environmental Center!

2017 will be a very exciting year for HPEC. We will be moving to our new location (2968 Bluestem Willow Drive Loveland, CO 80538) and officially opening to the public on May 13. Thank you to everyone who helped make this dream a reality.

We have exciting collaborations planned with High Plains School and the Thompson School District, Loveland Open Lands, Denver Botanic Gardens, Loveland Water and Power, Audubon Rockies – Habitat Heroes, and others.

HPEC is uniquely positioned to help “restore nature where we live, work, and play”, working with developers, businesses, schools, and HOA’s to preserve our native bio-diversity in the midst of development.

You can still make your tax-deductible contribution to support our important work through the Colorado Gives Day website:…/overview.

Thanks for your support,
Jim Tolstrup – Executive Director
2016 was a very successful year for the Natural Areas Management Program. HPEC managed 250 acres of native shortgrass prairie, wetlands, and other open lands to mitigate invasive plant populations, create diverse wildlife habitat, and provide recreational opportunities to Northern Colorado residents. We are excited to build on our relationships with private landowners and HOA’s to integrate the natural world into our built environment. We have accomplished a lot but there is much more to do in 2017!
Best regards,
Eric Blewitt – Natural Areas Manager
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.

Warmest wishes,
Kelley Driscoll – Community Services Coordinator
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1854 Piney River Drive Loveland, CO 80538
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