Loveland, CO- The High Plains Environmental Center at Centerra will soon become a "habitat factory," eventually producing 20,000 native plants a year thanks to an exciting volunteer effort planned for Saturday May 5. Volunteers will help construct and plant a native plant nursery that will eventually supply native plants to be used in future large-scale native plant restoration efforts. The statewide nonprofit, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC), is coordinating the volunteer effort, in partnership with High Plains.
The High Plains Environmental Center is a unique, urban environmental park, located within Loveland's Centerra community. Open to the public, the nonprofit center is comprised of 76 acres of land and 3 miles of trails that surround two lakes covering an additional 200 acres. HPEC offers numerous public education programs, and engages volunteers in habitat restoration so that wildlife and native plants can thrive.
Over the last three years, VOC volunteers have been helping High Plains restore many acres of disturbed habitat, planting thousands of native trees, shrubs, and plants during that time.
Support for this project comes from the Colorado Home and Garden Show, Chick-Fil-A at Loveland, Starbucks in Loveland, and Einstein Bagels.
When: Saturday, May 5, 8:00am - 5pm
Where: High Plains Environmental Center, Loveland, CO 80538
Volunteer Information: This is a family-friendly volunteer project and the minimum age to volunteer is 8 (accompanied by an adult). Volunteers must pre-register in order to plan for tools and meals. Register at www.voc.org
or call 303-715-1010.
About Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC)
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) is a statewide nonprofit volunteer organization whose mission is to motivate and enable citizens to be active stewards of Colorado's natural resources. Since 1984, VOC's award-winning volunteer, youth, and training programs have engaged more than 63,000 youth and adults in caring for Colorado's outdoors - a total donated labor value of over $16.5 million. Throughout the year, volunteers are invited to participate in volunteer projects around the state, such as building and restoring trails, planting trees, and preserving historic structures on public lands.