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.


March 22-30
The Ripple Effect
Be part of something amazing!

April 3
10-11 a.m.
Preschool Buds Program

April 4
8 a.m.
Monthly Bird Walk

May 3
7:30 a.m.
Race for Open Space

May 7
6 p.m.
Fireside Chat -Rocky Mountain Aardvarks

8-11 a.m.
Site Stewards


Lake Capital Campaign

Our one-week, $28,000 Ripple Effect Campaign is in full swing! Click the image to find out more and take part in this amazing effort!

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Summer Camp registration is open! Space is limited and filling up fast – click for more information and to download a flyer!

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Our third annual Race for Open Space is back and better than ever! Click to register and find out more about volunteer and team opportunities!


Baby Owl Spotted at Bluff Lake on March Bird Walk

baby owl march 2015Check out our newest resident! This little owlet was spotted by several visitors to Bluff Lake on March 7 during the monthly Bird Walk. Join in the fun of this monthly event at our next Walk, Saturday, April 4. You never know what you’ll spy at Bluff Lake!

Craft Coffee Maker, Hughes Brughes, Partners with Bluff Lake

In a first-of-its-kind partnership, Bluff Lake has teamed up with local fine coffee roastery Hughes Brughes, to become the beneficiary of a percentage of the company’s profits.

Hughes Brughes, owned by Bluff Lake residents Ben Hughes and Claire Findlay, recently launched their web-based coffee sales business. The company offers fresh-roasted gourmet coffee (whole bean and ground) while striving to uphold their founding principles of environmental stewardship and a commitment to community.

Bluff Lake is proud to be the recipient of such a generous partnership. We encourage our friends and supporters to visit the Hughes Brughes website, find out more about Ben and Claire, and their mission to provide great coffee and support the community!

Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory Donates $5,000 to Capital Campaign!

Our sincerest thanks to Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory for their generous donation of $5,000 to Bluff Lake, in support of our ongoing Lake Capital Campaign! We are honored to partner with this great organization, whose mission is to conserve birds and their habitats in the Rocky Mountains, the Great Plains, Mexico and beyond.

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.


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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