Bluff Lake Nature Center is a nonprofit agency that owns and manages a unique urban wildlife refuge and outdoor classroom in northeast Denver. The refuge is home to an abundance of animals and native plants which thrive in a variety of habitats.
Each year, nearly 5,000 area elementary students visit Bluff Lake as part of our mission “to foster environmental education and stewardship at Bluff Lake, a unique urban wildlife refuge.” We are always adding more programming for all ages that’s fun, educational, and consistent with our mission. Thousands of additional visitors come to Bluff Lake each year to enjoy a few moments of solace and connection to nature.
Thank You for Remembering Bluff Lake in Your Colorado Gives Day Plans!
We are deeply appreciative of everyone who included Bluff Lake in your giving plans on Colorado Gives Day. Overall, more than $12,000 was donated to Bluff Lake, which will allow us to continue offering year-round programming and activities for the community to enjoy. Last year, more than 40,000 people visited the site and 5,000+ kids participated in our interactive educational programs. Additionally, more than 1,000 volunteers worked on site restoration. Through the generosity of donors from all over the metro area, we will once again be able to offer these great community activities, and more, in the coming year. Thank you Colorado!
Another Fun Video at Bluff Lake!
Take a look at this video from Fireside Production‘s service day at Bluff Lake! A group of volunteers helped pick up trash and beautify the park. Thank you to Fireside Productions and ALL of our volunteers for your contributions!
Five Star Grant Win for New Science INVESTigators Program
Click here to learn more about our recent grant win for our new, more rigorous science program, Science INVESTigators. The program will be starting soon, with partners Achieve Academy of Mapleton Schools, Earth Force, and Sand Creek Greenway. Please check back for periodic updates on this exciting new project.
Largest Grant Win in History of Organization!
Bluff Lake Nature Center was recently awarded over $500,000 for The State of Colorado’s Lowry Landfill Superfund Site Natural Resources Damages (NRD) Fund. This is the largest grant win in the history of the organization, and helps us take a huge step towards getting water in the lake year-round. The funds will go towards reinforcing the lake’s 100-year-old dam, preventing significant leakage from the lake that can often leave it dry for parts of the year. Click here to read the full press release.
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Help maintain the site through a variety of activities, including habitat restoration and preservation, planting native species, removing noxious weeds, trail construction and trash pick up.
Now meeting on a week-to-week basis, typically on Wednesdays from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. Please contact Chris Story for more information.
Saturday, January 4th
Bluff Lake Birders
Break out your binoculars and join Bluff Lake Volunteer Naturalists on the first Saturday of every month as they guide you through the trails and help you add to your life list. Over 135 species have been identified at BLNC in recent years! Now from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.