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Nov 09, 2018

Falling into Cooler Seasons: House Prep 101

The foggy mornings have greeted us and sent the first bursts of brisk, refreshing autumn air. While some people are hanging on to that last streak of warm Loveland, Colorado weather and others are anxiously awaiting snow flurries, we all know that the season change is inevitable. From exterior prep to indoor décor swaps, we have listed out everything you need to brave the colder weather with ease. On top of it all, we’re here to show you that just because you might need an extra layer (or two) of clothing, there are still plenty of fun community events and activities!

Get the Winter Shield Ready – No matter how many times the winter season approaches, we still find ourselves in disbelief that it is already here (how have we not figured that out yet?). Luckily, you still have plenty of time to take preventative measures to ensure your house is ready to take on the weather changes.

  • Clean out the Gutters – We know the job isn’t glamorous, but you will prevent bigger problems down the line if you take care of this now. While you’re up there, check the roof for summer hail damage, possible leaks or any other issues.
  • Turn off outdoor water sources – Often overlooked, this simple step can save you and your bank account from major damages. Drain sprinkler lines, remove hoses, and keep faucets covered to prevent freezing.
  • Clean the outdoor furniture – Trust us, it is way easier to clean off that BBQ sauce or s’more residue while it’s still nice out rather than having it sit in storage and soak into the cushions through the winter.
  • Stock Up – It’s always the worst when you need to shovel the driveway and all of the sudden remember that your shovel went kaput last season. Visit your local home improvement store and get the items before the prices skyrocket when they’re in high demand.

Swap Out the Interior – Fall prep isn’t just for the exterior. While we wouldn’t recommend changing your exterior paint to orange to match the colorful leaves, we do recommend sprucing up your interior to match the new color scheme of the season. Embrace your own unique style and trendy eye to impress your guests at your new home in Loveland, Colorado this fall! Need some inspiration? The Lakes at Centerra has found all of the latest trends on Pinterest to ensure that your home is the hit of the neighborhood. From décor and organization tips to holiday decorating, you will find everything you need (and then some) to switch into a new season of decorating!

HPEC The High Plains Environmental Center, located in the middle of The Lakes at Centerra, is a living laboratory that provides leading-edge examples of community design. With 76 acres of land and 4 miles of trails, residents of The Lakes are able to explore the connections between sustainable living and ecological process like never before! Autumn at HPEC is filled with several activities that you don’t want to miss out on! Beekeeping classes, monthly bird walks and nature journaling are just a few ways you can get involved with this incredible organization.

Keep the Fun Going – The best part about winter quickly approaching? Loveland, Colorado skiing, course! Colorado is a mecca for winter sports! Skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowmobiling and snowshoeing are just a few of the many activities you have to look forward this season. While you wait for the first snow fall, mark your calendars for upcoming events in the area that keep the party rolling despite the cold mountain air settling in.

  • Loveland Farmer’s Market – Take a stroll through the Loveland Farmer’s Market and check out what’s in season. What’s better than fresh, local produce?  This event takes place every Sunday during the month of September, be sure to mark your calendars and stop by before it ends!
  • Food Truck Wednesdays – Live music, activities for kids of all ages, movies and great food. What more could you need? The round-up occurs every Wednesday in September so be sure to take a break from dish duty and indulge in some delicious grub!
  • Nature with Kevin Cook: Searching for Life in Colorado – Explore the wildlife diversity thriving in Colorado on this interactive nature walk with a local expert and discover the unique creatures that share the great Rocky Mountains with us!

The season changes in Colorado create natural beauty that is unparalleled. Life is simply different here.

Upcoming Events

Fri. Mar 31, 2023
 - Fri. Sep 1, 2023
2023 HPEC Native Plant Sale

High Plains Environmental Center’s 2023 Native Plant Sale starts March 31st and will run through September. New varieties of prairie and Rocky Mountain native plants will be added throughout the season as they become available in the HPEC nursery. Native plants help to conserve water and support native wildlife, especially pollinators! Get a sneak peek […]

High Plains Environmental Center - 2698 Bluestem Willow Drive
Loveland, CO 80538
Sat. Apr 8, 2023
April HPEC Guided Interpretive Trail Walk

Join us on Saturday, April 8, 9:00 am – 10:30 am, for a fun and casual interpretive walk between Houts Reservoir and Equalizer Lake, guided by our interpretive guides, Kristin Oles (Restoration Ecologist & Project Manager) or Jack Landen (Lead Field Technician). Learn about the restoration work that has been accomplished, the wildlife that lives […]

9:30 am - 10:30 am
High Plains Environmental Center - 2698 Bluestem Willow Drive
Loveland, CO 80538
Sun. Apr 30, 2023
HPEC Chapungu Bird Walk

Sheila Webber will be guiding a bird walks at Chapungu Sculpture Park on Sunday, April 30. This walk combines two of our favorite things- Art & Birds! Walking will be at a slow pace on approximately 2 miles of level walking paths. Consider bringing binoculars and a field guide to enhance your birding experience. The […]

9:00 am - 11:00 am
High Plains Environmental Center - 2698 Bluestem Willow Drive
Loveland, CO 80538


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