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.


May 2
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

May 29
6 p.m.
Blues, Brews and Brats on the Bluff

8-11 a.m.
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Blues & Brews!

Join us for an evening of food, music and craft beer from Mu Brewery! Click for details and to purchase tickets. This event will sell out – act fast!

summer camp website squareSummer Camps

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

RFOS website squareRace for Open Space

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!


Lauren Townsend Memorial Wildlife Fund Provides Opportunities for New Footage of Our Furry and Feathered Friends!

Thanks to a very generous grant from the Lauren Townsend Memorial Wildlife Fund, Bluff Lake was able to purchase 4 video cameras, which have been positioned around the site to catch footage of our animal and bird visitors. Check out our latest video (a compilation of prairie dog antics) by clicking the image on the left. All our videos can be viewed on our page.
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.

Mercury Gives Donates $3,000 to Capital Campaign!

merc gives picThank you to Mercury Gives for their generous $3,000 donation to our Lake Campaign! The generosity of the community and donors like Mercury Gives is continuing to move us forward in our quest to refurbish the infrastructure of Bluff Lake for the next century!


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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