Exciting opportunity to increase your impact!

This giving season donate between $1,000 and $10,000 and your donation will be matched 50 cents on the dollar thanks to a private matching gift of up to $25,000. And you will qualify for an Enterprise Zone Tax Credit of 25% of your donation!

There are lots of ways to help…

  • Make a single or recurring donation through our partners at– just click the button above!
  • Make your check payable to Bluff Lake Nature Center, and mail it to:

Bluff Lake Nature Center
ATTN: Development Director
4760 Oakland St., Suite 200
Denver, CO 80239.

  • Use or Amazon Smile when you search and shop online.
  • Add BLNC to your will, as part of your intentional planned giving. Contact Rachel Crouch, Executive Director, at or 303-506-4168 for more information about making gifts through estates, wills, trusts or insurance.
  • Donate your unwanted vehicle to BLNC through Cars Helping Charities.

There are lots of reasons to help…

Bluff Lake’s natural, secluded, quiet, and wildlife-rich environment offers a unique experience to visitors and school groups. It is an “island” with wetland, woodland, stream, and prairie surrounded by a dense urban environment. Our award winning science education program serves approximately 8,000 metro-Denver children every year, specializes in standards-based curricula, and offers free programs to schools in low-income neighborhoods. We own and manage the 123-acre refuge as a natural ecosystem without financial help from Denver or Aurora parks, and we make the refuge available free of charge everyday to people who enjoy nature and wildlife. We invite you to come out and enjoy Bluff Lake, and if you like what you see, we encourage you to become a donor.

Your impact: helping to secure Bluff Lake’s future…

Thanks to our supporters, the past few years has been transformational for Bluff Lake Nature Center and our mission. For example, Bluff Lake Nature Center has:

  • completed our first ever capital campaign, a $3.1 million effort to secure a year-round lake environment, both preserving and strengthening the infrastructure of our centerpiece Bluff Lake. Construction is well underway to ensure the future of the 133-year-old lake.
  • established new stormwater controls. For decades, urban stormwater runoff—carrying a lot of trash and debris from city streets has rushed onto our site after oftentimes overwhelming our collection mechanisms. Thanks to Forest City and the City of Denver, new controls are budgeted and planned for the near future, protecting our most fragile habitat.
  • developed our Environmental Education Programs, by focusing on adventure, scientific process, and self-design. Our Nature Exploration Teams (NETs) program combined the best of everything about Bluff Lake: kids exploring, self-directed learning, a deep understanding of place and environment, a relationship with our site, data collection and measurement, analysis and solutions, and more.
  • participated in and provided leadership for a collaborative funded by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) to plan ways to get Northeast Metro area youth engaged with nature. We are poised to work with the coalition, “GoWILD Northeast Metro,” and with GOCO to deliver a new level of outdoors opportunities to local youth starting in 2017.
  • doubled our record summer camps, with more than 200 local kids attending our celebrated weeklong outdoor learning adventure. More attendees, more themes, more dirty and wet clothes, more fun, and more environmental education!

Please join us as we enter a major new phase of energetic community engagement and profound land management successes. If you’d like more information about supporting Bluff Lake, please contact or call 720-708-4147.