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!



July 2, 2016

Bird Walk
8 a.m.

July 7, 2016

Fireside Chat – Raptors
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.



Blues & Brews on the Bluff A Great Success!

Thanks to everyone who joined us on Friday for Blues & Brews on the Bluff! The food, provided by Simply Pizza, LaChiva, Street Frites and Ba-NOM-a-NOM was delicious, the brews, provided by Diebolt, Mu and Fiction was fantastic, and the music, thanks to Thunder and Rain, was awesome! More than $5,000 was raised to support Bluff Lake and all the fun work we do. Here’s to next year!

Groundbreaking and Community Celebration at Bluff Lake

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Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday to help us celebrate the next phase of Bluff Lake Nature Center at our community celebration and groundbreaking! Visitors were treated to s’mores, the chance to climb on some large groundbreaking equipment, an up close and personal look at some birds of prey thanks to Nature’s Educators, and much more! Work on the dam and lake will begin soon – visit often throughout the summer to watch our progress!

Level 3 Generously Donates $5,000 to BLNC

Level-3-Communications-logoA big thank you to Level 3, for their recent $5,000 donation to BLNC in support of education and field trip programming. We are grateful to Level 3 for their many years of support and volunteerism!

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.