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Bluff Lake Nature Center


Statement of Purpose: Bluff Lake Nature Center's mission is to "foster lifelong learning and environmental stewardship of a unique urban wildlife refuge...Bluff Lake." Bluff Lake Nature Center occupies 123 acres adjacent to Sand Creek on the eastern edge of the Stapleton development. It offers a variety of native habitats including a seasonal lake, wetlands, short-grass prairie, a riparian zone and wetland woodland. Thanks to its 60 year history as an airport buffer, Bluff Lake has become an urban wildlife refuge for waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, songbirds, deer, fox, beaver, reptiles, amphibians and other types of wildlife that visit or live at the site. Bluff Lake Nature Center is much more than a place for plants and animals. It is an oasis in the city where people can come to view wildlife, appreciate the peaceful sights and enjoy the sounds of nature. It is also an outdoor classroom for thousands of students each year. It is our goal to encourage children's and adults' interest in natural science and stewardship through curiosity, observation, activity and a sense of wonder. This unique oasis in the city literally brings curricula to life as kids who seldom experience nature see, hear, smell and touch their lessons.


Address: 9801 E. Colfax Ave. STE 100, Aurora, CO 80010
Phone Number: 303-344-1249
Fax: 303-344-1303
Email Address:
Web Site:


Number of Employees: 8
Full Time Volunteers: 6
Part-Time Volunteers: 2


Major Fund-raisers: Urban Spaces, Wild Places


Director(s): Peter Smith, PresidentChase BankJeff Stahlhut, Vice PresidentQuiznosLara Jakubowski, TreasurerIndependent ConsultantSusie Crane, SecretaryRetiredPhyllis AllenRetiredKate BolandAttorney-At-LawBilly BrownStryker SpineJeff EdsonEdson Ecosystems, LLCChris LedingGreat Outdoors ColoradoDan ReimerKaplan, Kirsch, and RockwellErika WalkerRetired
Key Personnel: Glenn Fee, Executive Director Susan Beckett, Education Director Mendy Evans, Development Director Chris Story, Site Manager


Founded: 1993


Ongoing Projects: Beginning a Capital Campaign for a 5,000 square foot environmental education center.



Accomplishments: Bluff Lake Nature Center hosts nearly 5,000 schoolchildren annually, most of whom are from low-income schools. Additionally, Bluff Lake has nearly 20,000 visitors to our 123 acre Nature Center.