Lookout Mountain Nature Center

The Boettcher family name can be seen all accross Denver, from the Boettcher Concert Hall to the C. Boettcher and Company building at 12th and Pearl in Boulder, to the Claude K. and Edna C. Boettcher Conservatory at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Charles Boettcher was a prominent Denver entrepreneur and philanthropist, and his was a founding family of Colorado commerce. He lived in Denver but built his family’s summer home on Lookout Mountain in 1917.  In 1968, his granddaughter, Charliene Breeden, donated the home and 110-acre property to Jefferson County.  Today, the Boettcher Mansion is a rustic, yet elegant setting for social and business events, and on the property is the Lookout Mountain Nature Center.

Lookout Mountain Nature Center (LMNC) was housed humbly first in one room of the Boettcher Mansion, then in the garage.  In 1990, it moved to the servant’s house.  In 1997, the new LMNC opened its doors. The facility demonstrates sustainable design by using earth-friendly building products including floors from recycled train boxcars, decking of recycled soda bottles and sawdust, floor tiles from recycled windshields, locally quarried rock, native plant landscaping and more!

Connect with nature at this 110 acre park.  Inside, experience exhibits that depict migrating birds and reveal secrets of the ponderosa pine forest.  There are beautiful dioramas and educational displays.  Outside, stroll trails winding through forest and meadow, picnic beneath towering pine trees or join a naturalist-guided program. There is something for everyone, from toddlers through seniors. Come and see local wildife, and discover and learn about Jefferson County’s natural treasures.


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