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High Plains Environmental Center

Our goal is to raise $6,000 for The Medicine Wheel Garden, an ethnobotanical garden that teaches about uses of native plants by Plains Indian Tribes. It will also become a permanent site for our annual Powwow with the Thompson School District. Funds will go towards garden beds, plants, & signage.

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General Information

General
Official Name
High Plains Environmental Center​​​​​​​
DBA/Trade Name(s)
N/A
Former Name(s)
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Acronym
HPEC
Date Established
2001
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
None
Tax ID
84-1581875
Addresses
Headquarters Address
2698 Bluestem Willow Drive
Loveland, CO 80538
Colorado Location
N/A
Mailing Address
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Phone/Fax
Main Phone Number
970-622-9676
Fax Number
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Other Phone Number
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Web/Email
Email
info@suburbitat.org
Website
www.suburbitat.org
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Mission Statement

The High Plains Environmental Center works to educate communities to become replicable "living laboratories" which demonstrate restorative examples of land-stewardship, native plants, and wildlife habitat.

Organization History

The High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC) is located within Centerra, a 3,000-acre mixed-use development in Loveland, Colorado. HPEC consist of 275 acres of wildlife habitat including the surfaces and shorelines of Houts Reservoir and Equalizer Lake. In addition HPEC is contracted by other Centerra landowners to maintain an additional 135 acres of open space.

Like many conservation areas, HPEC is constantly striking a balance between recreation, conservation and education. Studies have shown that exposure to nature has immediate, measurable impact on our physical and emotional well-being. Providing public education about the environment is also a core value of HPEC, and we believe that it is essential to allow children access to natural areas. Since Richard Louve's Last Child in the Woods (2006,) which links what the author identifies as "Nature Deficit Disorder" to ADD/ADHD, parents and educators have focused on the necessity of eco-literacy and allowing children unstructured time in nature, in order to promote the development of critical thinking skills.

Regarding the development of a conservation ethic, if children and adults do not create a personal connection with open spaces and lakes full of fish, frogs and birds it is likely that they will become advocates for their stewardship and preservation. The preservation of Colorado's unique natural beauty within our growing urban areas provides all of the above, as well as wildlife corridors that are essential for foraging, breeding and migration patterns that are critical for survival.

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