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REGISTRATION OPEN FOR SUMMER CAMPS!

Our 2015 Summer Camps are set and registration is open! We are offering six, week-long camps with full- and half-day options throughout June and July. Click HERE for more information and to register.

WATCH BLUFF LAKE’S NEWEST VIDEO ON YOUTUBE!

Check out our fantastic new video featuring photographer John Fielder, former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, current Denver Councilman Chris Herndon, and many others! The video gives a great overview of the wonderful things happening at Bluff Lake Nature Center, along with information about the final phase of our $3.1 million capital campaign, which is to raise $375,000 to restore and improve the lake at our site! Our sincere thanks to Alex Delmonico of Lifted Imagery for his top-notch filming and editing work. Watch the video here.

BLUFF LAKE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
Leave a legacy in your community

donate buttonBluff Lake is nearing the conclusion of our $3.1 million dollar year-round lake project capital campaign. On the heels of a commitment of $1.1 million in cash from the State of Colorado and the allocation of approximately $1.6 million in in-kind and cash-matching donations, we are finishing strong with a one-year, $375,000 Capital Campaign. The campaign is to provide a year-round lake at the site (which we currently do not have), provide a healthier habitat for our animal and bird visitors, and a more welcoming oasis for the community. Additionally, we hope to renovate the main building at the site, so that visitors will be regularly welcomed and can learn about events and other activities at Bluff Lake.

We’d love to talk with you about supporting our campaign! Remember, Bluff Lake has been designated as a State of Colorado Enterprise Zone Charity, meaning donations of $100 or more to our lake project will yield significant extra tax benefits above and beyond normal charitable donations for both corporations and individuals. More information can be found by clicking on the image above, including how to be included on a permanent display at the Nature Center honoring our donors!

Contact Jeff Lamontagne at jlamontagne@blufflake.org, or Kristi Wimbish at kwimbish@blufflake.org, to find out more about the campaign, and how you can be part of the future of Bluff Lake! For a copy of our Case for Support, click here.

ABOUT BLUFF LAKE

Bluff Lake Nature Center is a nonprofit agency that owns and manages a unique urban wildlife refuge and outdoor classroom in 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 that’s fun, educational, and consistent with our mission.

Thousands of visitors come to Bluff Lake each year to enjoy a few moments of solace and connection to nature.

OUR SPONSORS

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Level-3-Communications-logoBluff Lake is grateful for the support of many organizations and individuals. Visit our Financial Supporters page for a complete list.

CRAFT COFFEE MAKER PARTNERS WITH BLUFF LAKE

In a first-of-its-kind partnership, Bluff Lake has teamed up with local fine coffee roastery Hughes Brughes, to become the beneficiary of a percentage of the company’s profits.

Hughes Brughes, owned by Bluff Lake residents Ben Hughes and Claire Findlay recently launched their web-based coffee sales business. The company offers fresh-roasted gourmet coffee (whole bean and ground) while striving to uphold their founding principles of environmental stewardship and a commitment to community.

Bluff Lake is proud to be the recipient of such a generous partnership. We encourage our friends and supporters to visit the Hughes Brughes website, find out more about Ben and Claire, and their mission to provide great coffee and support the community!

   

 

SPOTLIGHT

VOLUNTEER EDUCATORS NEEDED!

Help engage students from early childhood education (ECE) through 5th grade with science and nature in our outdoor classroom! Becoming a volunteer guide for students one day a week for a few hours will help us sustain our legacy while nurturing environmental stewardship.

Choose your day – Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Contact Keith@BluffLake.org or call 720-708-4079.

PrintSummer Internship at Bluff Lake!

If you enjoy spending time outdoors with kids and are looking for something fun to do next summer, we’ve got just the thing for you!

Come volunteer as a summer camp intern at Bluff Lake Nature Center. Applicant must be 16 years or older. Contact Keith Wood at keith@blufflake.org for more information.

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Prairie Dog Vandalism Hindering Process of Maintaining Healthy Population

For many months now, Bluff Lake Nature Center has been in the process of actively managing our prairie dog colony, using management techniques which DO NOT HARM OR KILL the prairie dogs. We know these creatures are an important part of the ecosystem at Bluff Lake and we value their presence!

The goal of this management process is to create a balance between the prairie dogs and the environment in order to maintain a healthy prairie ecosystem.

The management process can be difficult and time consuming, and requires a concerted effort on the part of our many dedicated volunteers. Unfortunately, we have been experiencing frequent vandalism at the site, interrupting our attempts to keep our prairie dog population healthy and safe.

If you care about prairie dogs, please do not interfere with this process, and report anyone you do see interfering to the police. The future of the prairie dogs at Bluff Lake may depend on a positive outcome of this management program. The police have been notified about this vandalism and violators will be prosecuted.

Please feel free to let us know if you have questions or concerns about the management process, or if you are interested in volunteering an hour or two of your time each week to protect the prairie dogs at Bluff Lake. For more information, contact Jeff Lamontagne at jlamontagne@blufflake.org or 303-517-6368. Thanks!

 


NEWS

Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory Donates $5,000 to Bluff Lake’s Capital Campaign!

Our sincerest thanks to Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory for their generous donation to Bluff Lake in support of our ongoing Lake Capital Campaign. We are honored to partner with this great organization, whose mission is to conserve birds and their habitats in the Rocky Mountains, the Great Plains, Mexico and beyond.

According to Gillian Bee, Stewardship Program Director at RMBO, “Wetlands only occur on a very small part of our land, yet provide critical wildlife habitat and important ecological services for people, including flood mitigation and water quality improvement. We are happy to partner with Bluff Lake and contribute to the restoration of [their] wetlands, which will result in increased and more consistent shallow, open-water habitat for shorebirds and migratory waterfowl.”

Thank you, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, for your incredible gift! For more information on the Lake Capital Campaign at Bluff Lake, check out our Case for Support, or watch our 3-minute video HERE.

Data and Report from Science INVESTigators Program Posted!

The one-year “Youth Water Quality Monitoring Investigation-to-Restoration” (also know as  the Science INVESTigators program), funded by a Five Star Restoration Grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and partnered by Bluff Lake, Achieve Academy of Mapleton Schools, Earth Force and Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership, has come to an end. For a copy of the results and more information on this unique program, visit the Science INVESTigators and Five Star Grant page.

Birding Checklist:
See Them All!

Ongoing Programs (Redwing Blackbird)Here’s a fun idea for bird lovers, families and anyone looking to add a little something to their day! Print out our Bluff Lake Bird Checklist and take a walk around Bluff Lake – see how many of our 160+ different bird species you can spot.

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


CALENDAR

Friday, March 6 – Preschool Buds Program

Outdoor learning for little ones! This program gives families a chance to bring their budding naturalists (ages 2 to 5 years old) outside for an hour-long program at Bluff Lake.

Next Program:
February 6, 10:00-11:00am.

Ages: 2-5 years old. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $5 per child per class. Adults are free. Please no more than two adults per child. The fee can be paid either by cash or check on the day of the class or by mailing a check to: Bluff Lake Nature Center, 4755 Paris St. Suite 190, Denver, CO 80239.

Registration is required. To register, please visit http://www.blufflake.org/wordpress/programs/family-preschool-program/.

Saturday, March 7 – Join Us for our Monthly Bird Walk

Bluff Lake Birders – Please plan to join us on Saturday, February 7 at 8 a.m. for our monthly walk.

Contact Keith Wood at keith@blufflake.org with questions about the Bird Walk.

Ongoing

Site Stewards help maintain the site through habitat restoration and preservation, planting native species, removing noxious weeds, trail construction, trash pick up and more.

Now meeting on a week-to-week basis, typically Wednesdays from 8 to 11:00 a.m.  Please contact Chris Story for more information.