Bluff Lake Nature Center is embarking on a Capital Campaign to build a new 5,000 square-foot Environmental Education Center at Bluff Lake. The intention of the Education Center is to provide an indoor classroom and education facility, allowing Bluff Lake Nature Center to expand its programs and meet the needs of the community, without negatively impacting the flora and fauna on the site. The Education Center will sit atop the northwest side of the bluff, overlooking the lake and Nature Center, and will be surrounded by approximately three acres of demonstration gardens.
The Center will ensure that Bluff Lake Nature Center meets the educational needs of our estimated 25,000 annual visitors and neighbors, while fulfilling our obligation to protect this important wildlife and natural habitat. Specifically, by having an indoor classroom and education facility, it will:
Allow BLNC to expand the number of children educated without harming the site by allowing too many students in the natural area at once.
Make inclement weather have less of an impact on programs.
Enable the organization to expand revenue generating programs like our summer Junior Naturalist camps to help underwrite our core program for low-income students.
Provide the capacity to conduct educational programs and trainings inside before applying the knowledge at the site.
Hold lectures on sustainability and natural resource conservation throughout the year.
Manage the impact of visitors to the site, by first bringing them through the center to learn about our efforts to protect this precious resource.