DAVID MALLERY JOINS THE TEAM AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
David comes to Denver and Bluff Lake with over 30 years of experience in youth and nature programming, conservation, development and public policy work. Early in his career he had the great fortune to help design, build and operate a large youth camp. From there, he went on to become a Federal park ranger for nearly ten years. In this capacity he had the opportunity to help design and build campgrounds, day-use parks and wildlife areas. He also developed and operated environmental education programs, took an active role in the re-establishment of the American Bald Eagle in the SE US, and he even worked with paleontologists to recover a mosasaur, from the Cretaceous Period.
David completed a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration while working full time as a park ranger. If you ask David what brought him across the country and to Bluff Lake, he will quickly tell you, “This is my dream job. My entire life and career has been a pathway to Bluff Lake.”
REGISTRATION FOR BLUES AND BREWS NOW OPEN!
Join us May 26, 2017 from 5-8pm at Bluff Lake Nature Center for an evening of bluegrass music by Thunder and Rain, beer from local craft brewer, Deibolt Brewery, and great food from local food trucks including Simply Pizza and Street Frites for Blues & Brews on the Bluff!
Tickets are $30 (5 and under are free), but you can save $5 by registering online before the event! Register now for only $25! Tickets include admission to the event, a coupon good for 1 free beer or non-alcoholic beverage, and an $5 food voucher to be used at one of several food trucks. Additional food and drinks can be purchased directly from our partnering vendors throughout the evening.
Registration is limited and the event is expected to sell out. Register here!
SUMMER CAMPS NEARLY FULL – CAMP LEADERS NEEDED!
A few spots remain during the last week of camp (Aug. 7-11). We offer Half-Day (9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) and Full-Day Camps (9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.) with Pre and Post Camp Extended Hours (7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) available as well.
Our Junior Counselor Program offers outdoor skills and leadership training for 12-15 year olds.
Camp Leaders are needed! Work 30-40 hours a week from June 5 – August 11, and gain valuable experience in mentorship, outdoor education, leadership skills and working with kids ages 6-11. Click HERE for a job description.
TRIO OF NEW GRANTS
BLNC is the fortunate beneficiary of grants from three different funders that have never given to BLNC in the past. Sometimes it’s difficult to persuade funders to give to new organizations. In the past month, we’ve gotten this great news three times.
First, HDR Foundation has announced an award of $16,000 to BLNC to build a teaching deck next to Sand Creek, where our summer campers go in and wade and explore the waters. Nominated by HDR employee Tina Gurdikian, wife of board member Bob Gurdikian, BLNC’s new deck will serve as a more comfortable changing and learning post for kids exploring our site.
Second, as we announced just about a month ago, Patagonia-Denver gave $2,500 to assist in the native habitat revegetation efforts that need to be conducted following the completion of our Year-Round Lake project.
Third, Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation is supporting BLNC with a grant of $1,500 toward our Nature Exploration Teams (NETs) program as well. Grants from Melinda Gray Ardia are very competitive and difficult to receive. We feel fortunate to have received a grant for our groundbreaking, multi-day program.
GREAT OUTDOORS COLORADO INSPIRE INITIATIVE: EMPOWERING BLUFF LAKE AND PARTNERS TO GET KIDS OUTDOORS
Great news for BLNC and families in northeast metro Denver: Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) has announced funding for projects across the state designed to get kids and families outdoors. A total of $13.5 million is being allocated across the state in Phase 1 of this effort, including $2.7 million to the GoWild Northeast Metro Coalition. Of that, approximately $240,000 will be allocated to five projects at Bluff Lake:
- Approximately $72,000 to expand our landmark multi-day environmental science field trip, Nature Exploration Teams
- Approximately $71,000 to convert our shed into a modest welcome and information center for our visitors
- Approximately $48,000 to construct a nature playground
- Approximately $25,000 to begin a Family Adventure Day program on Saturdays
- Approximately $22,000 to hire site management interns to help take care of our site 15 hours a week, six months a year, shared with our neighbor The Urban Farm
Thank you to GOCO for your vision and funding, and to the GoWild Northeast Metro Coalition for including BLNC and believing in our work. In the end, we hope to make a profound difference for kids in the community for many years and generations to come.