Earth Day: Garden Bed Construction @ High Plains Environmental Center

Celebrate Earth Day weekend by creating a new garden exhibit with the family.
Type of Work:
Ecological Restoration, Gardening/Planting, Grounds/Facilities Maintenance
April 20, 2019
8:00 am-4:00 pm
Physical Difficulty:
Minimum Age:
Front Range North
Groups Allowed:
Payment Required:
Individual, Family, Friends Registration Organized Group Registration
You will be sent to a secure registration site.


Where You'll Be:
The High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC) in Loveland features 2 lakes, 76 acres, and 3 miles of trail that are open to the public year-round. The urban park is designed to demonstrate how natural places can be preserved in the midst of development through sustainable planning, and educate communities about the value of land stewardship, native plants, and wildlife habitat. VOC has partnered with HPEC since 2009 and our volunteers have been instrumental in developing the site's many gardens and exhibits.

What You'll Do:
Celebrate Earth Day by creating the new Medicine Wheel Garden in Loveland's High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC). This is VOC's second year working on the Garden and the exhibit will highlight the historic edible, medicinal, and ceremonial uses of native plants by Colorado's Native American Plains Tribes. Open to volunteers ages 10+, this project is a great way to get outside with the family: you'll spend the day prepping garden beds, outlining them with rocks, filling them with soil, and installing drip lines to finish the exhibit.

Why It Matters:
With a small staff, volunteer projects like this one are instrumental to the development and maintenance of HPEC facilities. The Medicine Wheel Garden that volunteers create will be used to by HPEC to educate visitors - including more than 100 Larimer County schoolchildren - about gardening with native plants, their historic uses, and the heritage of Colorado Tribes.

Need-to-Know Details:

  • Minors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on single-day projects.
  • VOC will provide all equipment including tools and work gloves.
  • Cancellation: Our partners rely on VOC volunteers to accomplish critical stewardship needs, and our projects often have wait lists. If you need to cancel, please contact Emily Schaefer at 303-715-1010 ext. 116 as soon as possible so we can free your spot for another volunteer and have a full workforce.

About Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC)
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) is the state's oldest, largest, and leading outdoor stewardship nonprofit organization. Founded in 1984 to motivate and enable people to become active stewards of Colorado's natural resources, VOC has engaged nearly 120,000 people in more than 1,000 volunteer projects for a donated labor value of $24 million. Through award-winning youth and volunteer programs, leadership training, capacity-building programs, and collaborative efforts with nonprofits and land management agencies, VOC is an invaluable resource in Colorado, especially as our outdoor stewardship needs are approaching near-crisis levels. For more information, visit or call 303-715-1010.