Bluff Lake Nature Center

Fielder image websiteBluff 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. 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.

Each year, nearly 5,000 area elementary students visit Bluff Lake as part of our mission to “share our unique urban natural area and inspire environmental connectedness and stewardship through experiential education, environmental engagement, and natural area preservation and restoration.”

Thousands of visitors come to Bluff Lake each year to enjoy a few moments of solace and connection to nature. We hope you’ll join us soon!



August 6, 2016

Bird Walk
8 a.m.

August 12, 2016

Fireside Chat – Astronomy
8:30 p.m.

August 18, 2016

Fireside Chat – Songs and S’mores!
6:30 p.m.


Fireside Chats Back for 2016

PrintEnjoy a campfire, marshmallow roast and s’mores (or popsicles, depending on weather) as you learn about the animals and ecosystems at Bluff Lake throughout the summer. Chats run from approximately 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. All ages welcome with a suggested $1 donation per person. Click the logo to download a flyer.



Bluff Lake Receives Notable Grants from Several Foundations

Bluff Lake Nature Center recently received a $30,000 grant through Denver Post Season to Share, a McCormick Foundation Fund, for our environmental science education programs. Denver Post Season to Share, a McCormick Foundation Fund, has supported BLNC’s work for many years and has made a huge impact on local environmental education through support of our work. Thank you!

IMG_8740Thanks also to the Xcel Energy Foundation for their ongoing support of our Site Restoration Work. Recently, Bluff Lake was one of many Northern Colorado nonprofits that received support through a Focus Area Grant, which was awarded to organizations that provide programming in the areas of Arts and Culture, Education, Economic Sustainability, and Environment. Bluff Lake was honored with a $10,000 grant at a gathering at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in early June. Accepting the award for Bluff Lake were Steve Norris, BLNC Board Treasurer, and Kristi Wimbish, BLNC Community Liaison.

Bluff Lake Trails Abound!

Despite our small size, Bluff Lake has two miles of trails, including a main trail that loops around our lake that is slightly over a mile. We also have shorter trails that are spurs off the main trail, including our “Creek Trail,” which takes you along the south edges of Sand Creek; and ADA trail that leads from our parking lot down to the main trail, and a spur trail which heads east from the bottom of the stairs toward City of Aurora Open Space. Feel free to walk, run, watch birds, take pictures, or just enjoy yourself on any of these trails!

Jack and Konnie Thompson Foundation Covers Transportation Costs with $5,000 Grant

Finally, thank you to the Jack and Konnie Thompson Foundation for their generous grant of $5,000 to BLNC, which will enable us to provide transportation this upcoming school year for dozens of local schools to come visit our site for half-day environmental education field trips. Thank you!

Senior Project Video About Bluff Lake!

connery scott copyCheck out this video about Bluff Lake made entirely by Connery Scott, a DSST (Denver School of Science and Technology) student, for his senior project. A nature lover, he is raising awareness about, and raising funds for, BLNC. To contribute to his project, go to, select Bluff Lake Nature Center, and then “Connery Scott–DSST” in the drop down menu to select how to direct the donation.


As a nonprofit organization, Bluff Lake relies entirely upon the financial support of the community to continue to provide our ever-growing list of programming and educational opportunities. We are truly grateful for the support of many organizations and individuals. Visit our Financial Supporters page for a complete list.

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Interested in hosting a wedding, party, or other event at BLNC? We regularly rent out the site for special events, and provide staff support if needed. Inquire about renting BLNC by emailing Jeff Lamontagne at


Bluff Lake Nature Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are 100% tax deductible.