About

Bluff Lake Nature Center is a unique urban natural area dedicated to educating and inspiring people of all ages to respect, protect, and connect with our natural world.

Bluff Lake 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. Bluff Lake is Denver’s largest open space managed as native habitat, and Denver’s only nonprofit nature center. We rely solely on community support.

Tens of thousands of visitors, including over 8,000 area school children, come to Bluff Lake each year to enjoy a few moments of solace and connection to nature or to take part in one of our scheduled programs or events. We hope you’ll visit us soon!

 



News (Featured)

NEWS

Field Trip Registration OPEN

Starting on July 18, 2018 teachers may register for our 2018-19 field trips. Bluff Lake Nature Center offers a variety of education programs at our nature center, including one-day field trips, a multi-day self-designed project for classrooms known as Nature Exploration Teams (NETs), as well as customized environmental education programs. Find out more information here.

 

Summer Camp

SUMMER CAMP

At Bluff Lake Summer Camp, our weekly outdoor nature camps offer a unique opportunity for kids and teens! We have something for everyone, with Weekly Camp Themes for ages 6-11 or ages 11-13, and a Junior Counselor Program for ages 12-15.

Through a blend of nature exploration, hands-on science lessons, games, crafts, and unstructured free-play, we inspire campers to better understand and enjoy the outdoors. Small group sizes and family feel give every camper the opportunity to be curious, active, and appreciated!

Weekly themes delve into environmental education topics, while also giving campers plenty of time for creek play, hands-on science activities, animal encounters, crafts, and hikes. Each week will be enhanced by presentations from science and nature experts. Campers’ families will also receive emails from camp leaders that describe the week’s events and discoveries, and include photos of the adventures!

These camps are for every kid or teen with some energy to play, grow, and build a strong future for themselves and the planet!

Programs for Schools

PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOLS

Bluff Lake Nature Center offers a variety of education programs at our nature center, including one-day field trips, a multi-day self-designed project for classrooms known as Nature Exploration Teams (NETs), as well as customized environmental education programs. All of our programs are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards to ensure a rich authentic experience in content and practice.

We offer field trips for ECE to 6th Grade on Tuesdays through Fridays from 9:00am-12:00 pm. Field Trips cost $8 per student. (Schools with Title I status and/or 50% or more student enrollment in the free/reduced lunch program qualify for free field trips; these schools may also qualify for a reimbursement up to $150 for school bus expenses.)

To learn more about our what we offer, check out our guided field trips, self-guided tours, and afterschool enrichment program.

Support

ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Bluff Lake Nature Center is a nonprofit organization whose work every year includes:

  • teaching approximately 4,000 kids from area schools about natural wonders at Bluff Lake and their local ecosystems.
  • planting more than 300 native trees and shrubs.
  • hosting nearly 1,000 volunteers.
  • providing critical (and free) public events and programs.
  • working with our neighbors in Stapleton to develop clean up and restoration days along Westerly Creek and Sand Creek.

We cannot accomplish these things without support of the community. As Denver’s largest nonprofit-owned open space, we rely upon community gifts to continue offering our programs and restoration work. A donation to Bluff Lake Nature Center will go directly to support our environmental education and conservation efforts. Additionally, Bluff Lake has been designated as an Enterprise Zone Charity, meaning that donations over $100 will yield extra tax benefits above and beyond normal charitable donations, for both corporations and individuals. As always, we value your partnership and appreciate your support.