Education & Site Resources


Please feel free to download these free PDF documents to enhance your experience while visiting Bluff Lake Nature Center.

You are welcome to distribute our free resources to other teachers, students, and families! If you assign one of our resources to your students, please just let us know which resource(s) and the number of students who received it (email Education Manager Heidi Pfeiffer at We also have more free resources for teachers and students on our Distance Learning page.

If you are planning a visit to the site with more than 5 people at once, please let us know ahead of time to avoid over-crowding by emailing


Bluff Lake Maps (English and español)

Map for All Ages – English

Mapa para todas las edades- Español

Adult Trail Map – English

Common Animal Signs and Species of Bluff Lake (English and español)

This custom-made Bluff Lake field guide will help you identify 110 different animal tracks & signs, types of scat, mammals, reptiles & amphibians, birds, insects, arachnids, and macroinvertebrates.  Newly updated in 2021, all entries have been spotted on the Bluff Lake site within the past 2 years! Download below in English y en español.

2021 Bluff Lake Common Animal Signs & Species/ Signos y especies de animales comunes

I Spy… Scavenger Hunts!

No matter the season, you can find things that live, grow, fly, crawl, or swim all around Bluff Lake! Designed specifically for this site, our I Spy sheets let you keep track of the interesting things you spot and provide fun facts about each.

I Spy Animal Signs

I Spy… Spring Birds

I Spy… Summer Birds

I Spy… Spring Flora

I Spy…Animal Homes

I Spy… Spiders

I Spy… Summer Insects

Bluff Lake Bird Checklist

Download the Bluff Lake Bird Checklist (2021 update) to use during your hike. Please also visit our Birdwatching at Bluff Lake page to connect to many more bird-related resources!

Bluff Lake Family Nature Activity Booklet

Download the free Bluff Lake Family Nature Activity Booklet for a series of fun and educational activities you can complete at home! The activities can be done inside, looking out your window, in your backyard, in a nearby natural space, or even at Bluff Lake! These activities can be modified to fit any age range depending upon level of parental involvement. Eight activities are included: sensory scavenger hunt, nature shapes, naturalist drawing, DIY sundial, “Can You Beat the Best?” mammal activity (parts 1 and 2), window bingo (English y Español), and I Spy Animal Homes.

Animal Homes Matching Game

This is a fun and active learning activity that you can print out to do at home. Then visit Bluff Lake for yourself and see if you can find the animal homes you learned about!

Animal Homes Matching Game

Self-Guided Tours  (English and español)

Choose the version that’s right for you, then take your time learning and exploring as you hike through Bluff Lake!

Self-Guided Tour (Student Edition)

Gira autoguiado (Español)

Self-Guided Tour (Teacher Edition)


Additional online learning resources are available on our Distance Learning page!