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BLUFF LAKE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
Leave a legacy in your community

donate buttonWe are excited to announce the formal kick-off to the conclusion of our $3.1 million dollar year-round lake project capital campaign. On the heels of a commitment of $1.1 million in cash from the State of Colorado and the allocation of approximately $1.6 million in in-kind and cash-matching donations, we are concluding the campaign with a $375,000 campaign. The lake project will be implemented in 3 phases, with the end result being a year-round lake at the site (which we currently do not have), providing a healthier habitat for our animal and bird visitors, and a more welcoming oasis for the community. Additionally, the project will include a renovation of the main building at the site, so that visitors will be regularly welcomed and can enhance their experience by picking up information about events and other activities at the site.

We’d love to talk with you about supporting our campaign. Remember, Bluff Lake has been designated as a State of Colorado Enterprise Zone Charity, meaning donations of $100 or more to our lake project will yield significant extra tax benefits above and beyond normal charitable donations for both corporations and individuals. More information can be found by clicking on the image above, including how to be included on a permanent display at the Nature Center honoring our donors!

Please contact Jeff Lamontagne at jlamontagne@blufflake.org, or Kristi Wimbish at kwimbish@blufflake.org, if you would like to find out more about this exciting undertaking, and how you can be part of the future of Bluff Lake! For a copy of our Lake Campaign brochure, click here. For a copy of our Case for Support, click here.

 

MANY THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

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Bluff Lake is grateful for the support from many wonderful organizations and individuals. For a complete list, please visit our Financial Supporters page.

 

ABOUT BLUFF LAKE

Bluff 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.

Each year, nearly 5,000 area elementary students visit Bluff Lake as part of our mission “to foster environmental education and stewardship at Bluff Lake, a unique urban wildlife refuge.” We are always adding more programming that’s fun, educational, and consistent with our mission.

Thousands of visitors come to Bluff Lake each year to enjoy a few moments of solace and connection to nature.

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE TRICK OR TREAT TRAIL AT BLUFF LAKE!

Join us for a great afternoon of family fun on Thursday, October 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. for our Trick or Treat Trail! Kids and grown-ups are encouraged to come in costume and enjoy several stations along the trail, including crafts, games, close encounters with some cool insects, and more! Cost is $2 per person, and all ages are welcome.

Click on the image to download a flyer, or contact Kristi Wimbish at kwimbish@blufflake.org for more information.

Photo courtesy of John Fielder

Photo courtesy of John Fielder

SUPPORT BLUFF LAKE AND HAVE A GREAT NIGHT OUT!
John Fielder event sends portion of ticket sales back to Bluff Lake

See 1,000 John Fielder photographs on a 30-foot screen and enjoy the timeless music of John Denver, all while supporting Bluff Lake Nature Center! The John Denver Tribute for Wilderness will be held n Saturday, October 25 at 7 p.m. at the Buell Theatre. This event made its debut in 2013 and was a huge success. John Fielder and the John Adams Band will return in 2014 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of America’s Wilderness Act.

The event will feature 40 years John Fielder wilderness photographs from Colorado and beyond, choreographed to the word and music of the great John Denver. Since Denver’s untimely death on October 12, 1997, John Adams and his 9-member band have committed themselves to keeping Denver’s music alive, much to the appreciation of Denver’s family, friends, and fans all over the world.

The performance will benefit several Colorado environmental and conservation non-profit organizations, including Bluff Lake! To purchase tickets for the event, go to http://www.johnfielder.com/concert-2014.php. Look for “GOT AN OFFER CODE?” and use the promo code BLUFF. For every ticket purchased using this promo code, Bluff Lake will get $20. Invite your friends and family to what is sure to be a great night out, and support your favorite Wildlife Refuge at the same time! Download a flyer HERE.

 

   

 

SPOTLIGHT

VOLUNTEER EDUCATORS NEEDED!

Help engage students from early childhood education (ECE) through 5th grade with science and nature in our outdoor classroom! Becoming a volunteer guide for students one day a week for a few hours will help us sustain our legacy while nurturing environmental stewardship.

Choose your day – Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Contact Keith@BluffLake.org or call 720-708-4079.

COYOTE SELFIE! Wildlife Camera at Bluff Lake Catches Animals in Action

Bluff Lake is equipped with several wildlife cameras which help us track our four-legged and feathered friends. Visit our Wildlife Camera page to see some recent photos of animals in action!

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Prairie Dog Vandalism Hindering Process of Maintaining Healthy Population

For many months now, Bluff Lake Nature Center has been in the process of actively managing our prairie dog colony, using management techniques which DO NOT HARM OR KILL the prairie dogs. We know these creatures are an important part of the ecosystem at Bluff Lake and we value their presence!

The goal of this management process is to create a balance between the prairie dogs and the environment in order to maintain a healthy prairie ecosystem.

The management process can be difficult and time consuming, and requires a concerted effort on the part of our many dedicated volunteers. Unfortunately, we have been experiencing frequent vandalism at the site, interrupting our attempts to keep our prairie dog population healthy and safe.

If you care about prairie dogs, please do not interfere with this process, and report anyone you do see interfering to the police. The future of the prairie dogs at Bluff Lake may depend on a positive outcome of this management program. The police have been notified about this vandalism and violators will be prosecuted.

Please feel free to let us know if you have questions or concerns about the management process, or if you are interested in volunteering an hour or two of your time each week to protect the prairie dogs at Bluff Lake. For more information, contact Jeff Lamontagne at jlamontagne@blufflake.org or 303-517-6368. Thanks!

 


NEWS

Birding Checklist:
See Them All!

Ongoing Programs (Redwing Blackbird)Here’s a fun idea for bird lovers, families and anyone looking to add a little something to their day! Print out our Bluff Lake Bird Checklist and take a walk around Bluff Lake – see how many of our 160+ different bird species you can spot.

Five Star Grant Win for New Science INVESTigators Program

Click here to learn more about our recent grant win for our new, more rigorous science program, Science INVESTigators. The program will be starting soon, with partners Achieve Academy of Mapleton Schools, Earth Force, and Sand Creek Greenway. Please check back for periodic updates on this exciting new project.

s thank youField Trip Fun!

Every year, many thousands of school kids come out to Bluff Lake Nature Center, and call it one of their best days of the year. They have fun in the outdoors, and learn a lot about their local environment.

Recently, Bluff Lake had visitors from Sixth Avenue Elementary School. After the program, we received this thank you note (along with many others) from a third grade student.

Want to be part of a child’s positive experience and memories? Join with us in supporting environmental education for local kids, and let us give your organization some recognition! For more information on school field trip sponsorship at Bluff Lake, contact Kristi Wimbish at kwimbish@blufflake.org.

See What Bluff Lake is Like!

Check out our video! http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v= HWSNHaGMyJk&feature= plcp&w=320&h=240]

Another Fun Video at Bluff Lake!

Take a look at this video from Fireside Production‘s service day at Bluff Lake! A group of volunteers helped pick up trash and beautify the park. Thank you to Fireside Productions and ALL of our volunteers for your contributions! www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzYizpiKwtk&feature= youtu.be


CALENDAR

Bluff Lake’s Monthly Newsletter

Did you know Bluff Lake has a monthly newsletter with updates and information on programming and events? Click here to view our current newsletter, along with back issues from 2014.

Preschool Buds Program:
Friday, November 7 

Outdoor learning for little ones! This program gives families a chance to bring their budding naturalists (ages 2 to 5 years old) outside for an hour-long program at Bluff Lake.

Next Program:
November 7, 10:00-11:00am.

Ages: 2-5 years old. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $5 per child per class. Adults are free. Please no more than two adults per child. The fee can be paid either by cash or check on the day of the class or by mailing a check to: Bluff Lake Nature Center, 4755 Paris St. Suite 190, Denver, CO 80239.

Registration is required. To register, please visit http://www.blufflake.org/wordpress/programs/family-preschool-program/.

Saturday, November 1 - Join Us for our Monthly Bird Walk

Bluff Lake Birders - Please plan to join us on Saturday, November 1 at 8 a.m. for our monthly walk.

Contact Keith Wood at keith@blufflake.org with questions about the Bird Walk.

Ongoing

Site Stewards help maintain the site through habitat restoration and preservation, planting native species, removing noxious weeds, trail construction, trash pick up and more.

Now meeting on a week-to-week basis, typically Wednesdays from 8 to 11:00 a.m.  Please contact Chris Story for more information.