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.


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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.

Leave a legacy in your community

logo for webWe are excited to announce the formal kick-off of our one-year, $300,000+ Lake Capital Campaign! The campaign will be implemented in 3 phases, with the end result being a year-round, full 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.

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 by phone 720-708-4174, or Kristi Wimbish at kwimbish@blufflake.org or 720-708-4247, if you would like to find out more about this exciting undertaking, and how you can be part of the future of Bluff Lake!





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!


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!



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.

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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!

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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


FIRESIDE CHAT: Thursday, August 21: “The Urban Forager” – 6:30 p.m.

Have you ever wondered if you could fill your belly with healthy, edible plants without having to set foot in a grocery store or Farmer’s Market? Well, here’s your chance to unleash your inner-adventurer! Join Kate Armstrong, a.k.a. “the ultimate urban forager,” as you learn to identify what’s incredibly edible all around you, and how to fill your plate exclusively with what’s growing in the parks and sidewalk cracks of Denver.

All ages are welcome, with a suggested $1 donation per person. Join us for s’mores or popsicles after the program!

Saturday, September 6 - Join Us for our Monthly Bird Walk

Bluff Lake Birders - Please plan to join us on Saturday, September 6 at 8 a.m. for our monthly walk.

Contact Chris Rurik with questions about the Bird Walk.


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.