Bluff Lake Nature Center

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.


May 21
6:30 p.m.
Fireside Chat – Rocky Mountain Aardvarks
(rescheduled from May 6)

May 29
6 p.m.
Blues, Brews and Brats on the Bluff

June 6
8 a.m.
Monthly Bird Walk

8-11 a.m.
Site Stewards


BBB on the B website logoJoin us for an evening of beer, food, music, and fun! Click the logo to purchase tickets or download a flyer.
logo for webFireside Chats are back! Click the logo for information and join us under the starry skies this summer!
summer camp website squareSummer Camps are filling fast! Choose from 6 weeks and 2 fun themes: Pathfinders and River Walkers.



Earth Day Draws Record Number of Volunteer Groups

Earth Day, April 22, was a great day at Bluff Lake! An unprecedented five work groups from supporting organizations Xcel Energy, JC Penney, the University of Denver, Level 3 (pictured here after a hard day’s work) and our weekly Site Stewards all converged on the site to do some great conservation work! The groups worked on trail maintenance, invasive plant species and trash removal and tree planting. Bluff Lake is grateful for the volunteer groups, community of supporters and land stewards who give their time and talents on a weekly and monthly basis.

Wilson Conservation Trust Donates $4,000 to Capital Campaign!

Special thanks to the Wilson Conservation Trust (WCT), which made a generous, unsolicited $4,000 donation to our one-year Lake Campaign. Although WCT is based in Florida, they have a local presence who heard about our campaign and decided to step forward and support our important work. Thank you, Wilson Conservation Trust!

Thanks to the Second Graders at Westerly Creek for “Hero” Awards!

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After a visit to our site, the second graders at Westerly Creek sent us some great drawings and letters about the good work being done at Bluff Lake. Here are a few samples.

Data and Report from Science INVESTigators Program Posted!

Results from the one-year “Youth Water Quality Monitoring Investigation-to-Restoration” (also know as  the Science INVESTigators program), are in! This program was funded by a Five Star Restoration Grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and partnered by Bluff Lake, Achieve Academy of Mapleton Schools, Earth Force and Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership. Click HERE for more information.

Visit The New Nature Movement for an interesting read on Children and Nature by Richard Louv, Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Children and Nature Network



Bluff Lake is grateful for the support of many organizations and individuals. Visit our Financial Supporters page for a complete list.

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