Educational Institutions

Bluff Lake Nature Center

  • Denver, CO
  • http://www.blufflake.org/

Mission Statement

"To foster lifelong learning and environmental stewardship at a unique wildlife refuge - Bluff Lake."

Service Areas

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Colorado

Metro-Denver, Colorado

ruling year

1995

Principal Officer since 2011

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Mary Seawell

Keywords

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Wildlife Refuge, Natural Science Education

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Also Known As

BLNC

EIN

84-1305302

 Number

3571663847

Physical Address

3400 Havana Way

Denver, CO 80238

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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SITE MANAGEMENT
In 2010, Bluff Lake engaged in a number of restoration
efforts intended to accelerate the native restoration of our short grass
prairie, wetland, and riparian corridor.  In the spring, the Denver Fire
Department’s Wildland Firefighting team conducted a controlled burn on our
prairie, intended to burn invasive species and remove a deep seed bank of
invasives.  The Colorado Department of Agriculture provided a grant to
Bluff Lake to conduct our most comprehensive spraying of invasive species in
years.  In our wetland and along the riparian corridor, we completed the
removal of invasive Russian Olive trees, while planting nearly 200 native
cottonwood, box elder, and peachleaf willow species.  Our long term
efforts are focused on increasing the diversity of native species in Bluff Lake
and working with our neighbors to create a more viable wildlife corridor along
Sand Creek.
 
EDUCATION PROGRAM
During 2010, BLNC continued to provide quality education
programs at our urban wildlife refuge and at local schools. A total of 6,449 people, from the following
counties, participated in our Education Program during 2010:

**Adams County—1,204 people

**Arapahoe County—742 people

**Denver City/County—4,182 people

**Other Counties—321 people

Science Education and Service-Learning: One of BLNC’s highest priorities is providing
science education programs for elementary schools in the area, with a focus on
low-income schools from the closest urban school districts - Denver, Aurora,
and Adams County public schools. Our
elementary science program teaches children both in the classroom and at the
site, and helps them establish a hands-on connection with nature as an
enhancement to classroom learning. Our
program supports state standards, and helps teachers meet their learning goals
for students. We target low-income
schools by providing free busing and early registration. An internship program with the Denver School
of Science and Technology hosted three students for semester-long restoration
internships. A total of 4,200 students
and adults participated.
 
Public Programs: Throughout each year, BLNC hosts many types of programs for the public
and 2010 public programs included: an Earth Day Recycling Event, an in-school
Earth Day Recycling Contest, six Fireside Chats, eleven Bird Walks, four
week-long Junior Naturalist Summer Camps, several festivals and fairs, and two
special events. These programs were
attended by 2,249 people.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

The Bluff Lake site was set aside for restoration and management as a wildlife refuge after Stapleton International Airport closed in 1995. The path toward restoration has been successful and management continues to be a big job. Our Site Manager and an active group of volunteers work, year round, to eradicate noxious plants and plant native cottonwoods, willows, wet land shrubs, and prairie grasses. These native plants will thrive and serve as food/shelter for the many species of wildlife that live at or visit the site. Our other focus is on community education. The first goal is to provide science education programs to elementary schools in the area, focusing on low-income schools from the closest urban school districts - Denver, Aurora, and Adams County public schools. Our elementary science program teaches children both in the classroom and at the site, and helps them to establish a hands-on connection with nature as an enhancement to classroom learning. Our program is based on state standards, and helps teachers meet their learning goals for students. Additionally, BLNC's education program reaches the community in broader ways. In 2008, we will host ten summer Fireside Chats, which focus on a variety of wildlife and conservation topics. Our Mobile Nature Center trailer allows us to attend local fairs and markets, and our week long Junior Naturalist summer day camps reach an audience of children in a deeper level.

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Service Areas

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Colorado

Metro-Denver, Colorado

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Financials

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BLUFF LAKE NATURE CENTER
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Bluff Lake Nature Center

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mary Seawell

BIO

Ms. Seawell is the Interim Executive Director while the Board searches for a replacement.  Glenn Fee left BLNC for a job in Portland.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Peter Smith

Steele Street Bank and Trust

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