Wild Wonderful Weekend: Wild Nature Walks

Date: September 24, 2022
Time: 9:00am
End Date: September 24, 2022
End Time: 12:00 pm

High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC) located at 2698 Bluestem Willow Drive features an urban environmental park comprised of 76 acres of land and 3 miles of trails that surround two lakes covering an additional 200 acres.  

Take advantage during their Wild Nature Walks to meet this amazing organization largely responsible for Centerra’s Certified Wild accreditation. During the Walks, HPEC director, Jim Tolstrup will lead educational garden tours highlighting the wildlife habitat enhancement, and water-saving benefits of gardening with native plants.

Visit Tommi the Red-Eared Slider Turtle, and from 9am-12pm resident Turtle-ologist, Gary R. Grenzke, will lead a special program featuring Tommi. Gary will be teaching kids of all ages about the lifecycle of turtles and other reptiles. Each participant will receive their own “turtle-ology’ certificate.

Wander the demonstration gardens that showcase over 80 native plants species, habitat restoration, and water conservation.  The HPEC nursery and greenhouses produce native plants which are available to the public through their ongoing plant sales, special savings will apply over the weekend only! Learn about the restoration work that has been accomplished, the wildlife that lives here, and HPEC’s role of ongoing stewardship to preserve our wildlife habitat. What might you see? Native wildflowers, shrubs and grasses, butterflies, native bees, dragonflies and damselflies, songbirds, raptors, waterfowl and the occasional jumping fish!

Centerra Engagement Assembly invites the community to the 2nd Annual Wild Wonderful Weekend, September 23 -25 at Centerra in Loveland, Colorado located at I-25 and U.S. Highway 34.  This series of events is open to the public and celebrates Colorado’s first Certified Wild Community – Centerra.

Complete Weekend of WILD Fun Scheduled

All Weekend | Centerra Scavenger Hunt

All Weekend | Wild Passport Program

Saturday, September 24

9 am – 12pm | High Plains Environmental Center GARDEN TOURS & OPEN HOUSE

2 pm – 5 pm | The Promenade Shops CERTIFIED WILD ZONE

6 pm | Concert gates open for ticketed guests

7 pm | Opening performance by local, Zimbabwean band Kutandara; tickets required

8:15 pm | Feature performance Lady Denim; tickets required

9:45 pm | Fireworks Finale; viewable from Chapungu and The Promenade Shops

Wild Wonderful Weekend is brought to you by Centerra Engagement Assembly and is made possible by participating partners such as Townsquare MediaVisit LovelandEnvironmental Designs IncThe Marketplace at CenterraThe Promenade Shops at Centerra and McWhinneyHigh Plains Environmental Center is our selected non-profit beneficiary of the weekend.

For more information, visit wildwonderfulweekend.com or email centerra@coherelife.com.