High Plains Environmental Center(HPEC) is a living laboratory providing integrated, leading-edge examples of community design, land stewardship, eco-literacy and sustainable living, right in the middle of The Lakes at Centerra. Dedicated to demonstrating smart development, if well-planned and implemented, it can have a beneficial impact on wildlife. HPEC explores the connections between sustainable living and ecological processes.
HPEC encompasses 76 acres of land and 4 miles of trails surrounding Houts Reservoir and Equalizer Lake. The lakes were created in 1907 to store water for irrigation and have become a valuable habitat for migratory waterfowl that nest annually in the surrounding area.
Children who attend the High Plains School will have unprecedented opportunities to participate in year-round activities at HPEC. The inner neighborhood walkable trail system will connect the school and High Plains Environmental Center, providing students easy access to gardens and the living laboratory.
Since 2008, HPEC has operated a 4-acre Giving Garden, which, with the help of volunteers, annually provides over 45,000 pounds of freshly-grown produce to the Larimer County Food Bank and the Loveland House of Neighborly Service. The Giving Garden provides hands-on garden education with the goal of developing more community gardens throughout Loveland.
Homeowners in The Lakes at Centerra can participate in the community’s daily commitment to conserve and improve the natural habitat. The unique partnership between High Plains Environmental Center and The Lakes at Centerra serves as a model for sustainable development and community stewardship.