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 “share our unique urban natural area and inspire a sense of 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!


August 1
8 a.m.
Monthly Bird Walk

August 6
6:30 p.m.
Fireside Chat – A Raptor Odyssey

8-11 a.m.
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logo for webFireside Chats are back! Click the logo for more information and join us under the starry skies this summer!
summer camp website squareSummer Camps are filling fast! Choose from 3 weeks and 2 fun themes: Pathfinders and River Walkers.
B and B on the B website logoBlues and Brews on the Bluff is BACK and better than ever! Details coming soon on this great community event!


Bluff Lake Reaches First Phase Goal of $90K to Begin Reconstruction!

logo 2 for webHeading into summer, Bluff Lake is thrilled to announce the organization has raised $90K, meeting the first threshold in our Lake Capital Campaign! This step will release about $350,000 in awards from the State of Colorado, allowing us to begin the long-awaited work on our 1880s era dam. This first phase of our 3-phase effort involves building a slurry wall to reinforce the dam. Currently, more than 145,000 gallons of water are lost EACH DAY through the badly leaking structure – that’s equivalent to 2,900 bathtubs filled and emptied every 24 hours! With the slurry wall, we should be able to reduce that amount by approximately 75 percent.

If you would like to find out more about our giving levels and donor benefits, click here, or contact Kristi Wimbish at For information about the next two phases of the Lake Campaign, download our Case for Support, or watch our awesome Lake Campaign video, with drone footage of our beautiful site.

Metropolitan State University Students Assess Prairie Dog Management Program

This past Spring, students from Metropolitan State University of Denver conducted an undergraduate research project at Bluff Lake. Their goal was to assess the effectiveness of managing the black-tailed prairie dog population using raptor perches. These perches provide raptors like Swainson’s and Red-Tailed hawks with better hunting opportunities, and help maintain the natural balance of Bluff Lake’s prairie environment.

Bluff Lake assisted the researchers by providing them with a research space and installing the raptor perch. The initial results of the study indicate that raptor perches are an effective tool for managing the prairie dog population. Researchers hope to continue their study to gather more long-term conclusions. If you are interested in finding out more about the study, please contact Thomas Seagroves, the lead student researcher, at Click HERE to download a pdf of the study findings.

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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