Community Stewardship Lecture Series

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Community Stewardship Lecture Series

Loveland Water and Power has partnered with High Plains Environmental Center to bring you a free lecture series you won’t want to miss! Learn from experts in the fields of horticulture, sustainability, and more for our Community Stewardship Lecture Series. Pre-registration is required.

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Upcoming Events

 July 10, 2018 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM  Foothills Solar Tour
Join us for a walking tour of the first City owned solar facility. The group will start on the west end of Mehaffey Park where they will meet a City engineer and walk together through educational signs and the 3.5 MW array. Get an up-close look at the solar and learn about LWP sustainability initiatives and the Foothills project history. Want to see the array’s production in action? Checkout an interactive dashboard, which is available to the community at Please wear closed toe, comfortable shoes. If wet, the site might be slightly muddy.
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 September 11, 2018 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM  Urban Homesteading Register Here 
 November 13, 2018 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM  Raptors of Northern Colorado
If you ever look to the sky and see a big bird and wonder, what is that? Well know is your chance to learn all about eagles, hawks, falcons and owls in Northern Colorado with Scott Rashid! In this presentation you’ll hear about their natural history, abundance, and survival, and also the importance of conserving habitat for these birds.
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Past Events

January 12, 2016

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM 
Great Divide Film Screening
The Great Divide, a documentary film from the Emmy award winning team of HaveyPro Cinema, in association with Colorado Humanities, illustrates the timeless influence of water in both connecting and dividing an arid state and region. From Ancient Puebloan cultures and the gold rush origins of Colorado water law to agriculture, dams, diversions, and conservation; the film reveals today's critical need to cross "the great divide." After the movie, a Q&A panel discussion with local water professionals, focusing on local issues.
Did you miss it? Watch the film on demand.
February 9, 2016

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Landscaping 101
Join us as presenter Jim Tolstrup discusses native plants, water usage and conservation in your landscape. Perfect for those new to landscaping!

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March 8, 2016

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Growing Your Own Vegetables from Seeds and Transplants
In this presentation, you will learn:

  • How to plan and create a vegetable garden including choosing the best location, garden configuration, tips on soil preparation, fertilization, watering and mulching.
  • How and when to plant both seeds and transplants successfully, both indoors and outdoors.
  • The specific growing requirements of a variety of vegetables that can be grown in this area.

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Visit Planttalk Colorado

June 14, 2016

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Introduction to Loveland Open Spaces
The Loveland Open Lands Division has preserved some 8,000 acres of natural areas and open land since its inception in 1995, through property acquisitions, partnerships, and conservation easements. In the past three years, numerous sites throughout the city have been opened for public access, environmental education programming has reached thousands of citizens, and more than 500 acres have been added to the Open Lands portfolio. This presentation will highlight the program’s recent accomplishments and how citizens can get involved, by visiting local natural areas for a variety of outdoor recreation pursuits, attending educational programs, or volunteering to help steward these special places.
Did you miss it? Visit the Open Lands Division online 
August 9, 2016 

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Making Compost: The Gardener’s Gold 
The talk will cover the importance of adding compost to our Front Range soil, how to make it and the benefits of making your own compost. Bill is a retired geoscientist and a long time Master Gardener in Larimer County as well as a Master Composter.
September 13, 2016

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Renewable Energy Options for the Home –
Cary Weiner with Colorado State University Extension will discuss costs and benefits of various renewable energy options for homes in the Loveland area. He will cover different technologies for heating, cooling, and providing electricity to the home as well as new financing options for solar electric systems.

Cary Weiner is Energy Specialist for Colorado State University Extension and Director of CSU’s Rural Energy Center. He holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of New Mexico. In his position, Cary develops and delivers statewide energy programming to help Coloradans make more informed energy decisions.
Did you miss it? View the presentation.  
November 15, 2016

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
 Learn How to Save $13,500 When You Drive an Electric Vehicle (EV)! – Did you know there is currently $13,500 available in tax credits when you purchase an electric vehicle (EV)? Tax season is quickly approaching and Drive Electric Northern Colorado (DENC) is offering the opportunity to learn about how you can take advantage of these great tax benefits along with gaining the ease and reliability of an EV. DENC will cover the federal tax credit, Colorado's state tax credit, and which vehicles qualify for these tax benefits. Also learn how Fort Collins and Loveland have created one of the best and most affordable places in the nation to drive an electric vehicle! Join DENC and get the most out of your car and the biggest refund this year!

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January 10, 2017

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM 
 Introduction to Rain Barrels –
As of August 10, 2016 the use of rain barrels became officially legal in Colorado! Come learn from Alison Stoven O'Connor, about the history, use and implementation of using rain barrels in urban landscapes. O'Connor is the Colorado State University Extension horticulture agent in Larimer County. She coordinates the Larimer County Master Gardener program and assists homeowners and industry with horticultural questions. She attended Iowa State University and The Ohio State University, majoring in horticulture, and completed her Ph.D. at Colorado State University in 2014, studying nursery tree production and landscape establishment. Join us for the Introduction to Rain Barrels for your chance to win a rain barrel set-up and learn everything you need to know to get started!
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March 14, 2017

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
 Vegetable Gardening –

As a Master Gardener with Larimer County since 1999, Susan Bonsall is an expert on vegetable gardening. Come learn from Susan about growing your own vegetables from seeds and transplants. You’ll also receive some vegetable seeds to take home! In this presentation, you will learn:  

  • How to plan and create a vegetable garden including choosing the best location, garden configuration, tips on soil preparation, fertilization, watering and mulching.
  • How and when to plant both seeds and transplants successfully, both indoors and outdoors.
  • The specific growing requirements of a variety of vegetables that can be grown in this area.
Did you miss it? View the presentation.
May 9, 2017

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Native Pollinators and their Habitats  
Be a Pollinator Protector – Preserving pollinators and their habitats is important work, and everyone can play a part. This talk will reveal the amazing and sometimes odd ways that bees, beetles and butterflies make a living in Colorado. By the end, you’ll have some ideas about to help these important invertebrates, no matter where you live. We will be raffling of a 1-gallon Rocky Mountain Penstemon and 2 4” Yellow Columbines. Join us for your chance to win!            

Amy Yarger, the presentor, has worked in the public horticulture field since 1996. She received a bachelor's degree in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Irvine and then went on to study plant-animal interactions at the University of Michigan. Her master's thesis concerned the effects of noxious weeds on pollinator-plant relationships. Her work at Butterfly Pavilion, where she has been a horticulturist since 2000, touches on many of her passions: plants, insects and conservation. As Horticulture Director, a position she has held since 2006, she is responsible for leading local habitat restoration projects, citizen science projects and garden education programs throughout the community.
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July 11, 2017

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Smart Homes
Our featured guest speaker will be Joel Danforth, Customer Service Program Manager with Platte River Power Authority.  Joel will have loads of beneficial information to share referencing smart home technology. Loveland Water and Power will be holding a free raffle at the conclusion of the lecture for one lucky attendee to take home a Smart Thermostat!
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November 14, 2017 

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
 Barn Owls – 
Have you seen the livestream of the barn owls at High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC) or attended a barn owl banding at HPEC? Well, Scott Rashid is the man behind those projects and you’ll have a chance to hear him speak! Join us on Tuesday, November 14 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm to learn all about Barn Owls with Scott Rashid. Scott is the Director of CARRI (The Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute) where they study and rehabilitate birds, and then educate the public. Scott is an expert so bring your questions and come ready to learn about barn owls!
March 13, 2018 

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The Invasives are Coming! –
Join Alison O’Connor with the CSU Extension in Larimer County and Rob MacDonald, Parks’ Forestry Specialist at the City of Loveland for a discussion on invasive species. Our presenters will discuss the emerald ash borer and Japanese beetle, the biology and history of the insects, options for homeowners and potential treatments. 

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May 8, 2018 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Native Plants 
Join Jim Tolstrup, Executive Director of High Plains Environmental Center for a presentation of Great Native Plants for Colorado Gardens. Drawing on 20 years of experience designing with native plants Jim will share his favorite native trees, shrubs grasses and flowers, as well as cultural information for growing the plants successfully, and specific benefits for birds, pollinators and other wildlife. 

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