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 400 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 Opens July 18, 2018

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 NEARLY FULL

Camp is almost full, but a few spots remain! Contact Maggie  to find out what weeks are still available.

Summer Camp

SUMMER CAMP

At Bluff Lake Summer Camp, campers ages 6-11 discover and play while learning about nature in Bluff Lake’s protected prairie and wetland habitats. “Bluff Lake Summer Camp has been the highlight of the past few summers for my family,” wrote Marnie, the mother of a 9 year old. “At camp, [my son] and his peers spend their entire days exploring the natural world. He comes home each day brimming with stories about what they saw and heard, things they built, and lessons for being good stewards of our world. The camp is the right balance of facilitated learning and unstructured work and play.”

Click here to learn more about our offerings.

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.