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!



May 14, 2016 

Lake Community Celebration
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 May 20, 2016

Blues & Brews on the Bluff
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

May 26, 2016

Fireside Chat
6:30 p.m.


Blues & Brews on the Bluff Set for Friday, May 20, 2016

PrintJoin us again this year on Friday, May 20, for an evening of bluegrass music by Thunder and Rain, beer from Diebolt Brewery, Fiction Beer Company, and Mu Brewery, and great food from local food trucks including Pikine Grill, LaChiva, Street Frites, Simply Pizza, and Ba-Nom-a-Nom for Blues & Brews on the Bluff!

The event will be held at Bluff Lake Nature Center on Friday, May 20 from 5-8 p.m.

Tickets are $25 (5 and under are free) and include admission to the event, a coupon good for 1 free beer or non-alcoholic beverage, and an $8 food voucher to be used at one of several food trucks. Additional food and drinks can be purchased directly from our partnering vendors throughout the evening.

Registration is limited and the event is expected to sell out. Tickets are on sale now! Click the logo to download a flyer, or purchase your tickets HERE.

Community Celebration RESCHEDULED! NEW DATE: Saturday, May 14

Due to inclement weather, we have RESCHEDULED our community celebration of our year-round lake restoration project for SATURDAY, MAY 14. Details can be found by clicking the 2016 Events tab at the top of the page.

Fireside Chats Scheduled 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.



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.