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. 





Race for Open Space Draws Nearly 400 Participants Despite the Weather

The Second Annual Race for Open Space drew 370 brave runners and walkers, who battled the rain and snow with good humor (and lots of warm clothing) to support Bluff Lake and Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership. The race, which drew nearly 600 registrants, offered 5K, 10K and half-marathon distances along Sand Creek, beginning and finishing at Bluff Lake. Despite the crummy weather, it appears a good time was had by all.

A special thank you to our many volunteers who helped with set-up in the dark and clean-up in the snow, kept registration running smoothly, offered food and drink to runners as they finished, and stood in the rain and snow for hours, cheering on runners as they passed water stations along the course. We are grateful to you all!

A big shout out to our corporate partners, who generously supported the Race: ConocoPhilips; Stapleton MCA; Forest City; Subaru; 1stBank; Kevin Carlson Golf; MICI Italian Restaurant; Aurora Water; be well; Cardno ENTRIX; Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Colorado Hospital; Colorado Business Bank; Denver Water; Denver Zoo; First Integrity Title; Metro Waste Water; REC Solar; Snack Out Loud; and Sports Authority.

And many thanks to MuBrewery, Fat Sully’s Pizza and Waffle Up for braving the elements to provide food and beer for the event!

Race results can be found here. Photos from the Race are here.



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.

See What Bluff Lake is Like!

Check out our video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v= HWSNHaGMyJk&feature= plcp&w=320&h=240]

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! www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzYizpiKwtk&feature=youtu.be


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Sunday, April 27 – Raptor Day and Bird Fest

Join in this family friendly event featuring live birds of prey, presentations by birding experts, crafts for the kids, and a chance to experience all the great things about Bluff Lake Nature Center! Visit the Raptor Day page for a flyer link and more information.

Saturday, May 3 – Join Us for our Monthly Bird Walk

Bluff Lake Birders - Please plan to join us on Saturday, May 3 at 8 a.m. for our monthly walk. Great-horned Owls have recently been spotted nesting at the site! Contact Chris Rurik with questions about the Bird Walk.

Saturday May 10 – Save the date for the NE Walk Fest

Bluff Lake Nature Center is one of many community sites hosting this free community walking event. The day will include activities for all ages, giveaways, and much more! Schedule and registration will be up soon. Click here for a flyer, or for more event information, email jonathon@walk2connect.com or eherbst@stapletonfoundation.org.


Site Stewards 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.