In the interest of keeping our visitors, volunteers, staff, partners, and greater community safe we are cancelling/postponing all facilitated programs and events through April 30 with the option to extend the cancellation if needed.
Please visit the Education and Site Resources page on our website for downloadable educational materials!
Join our youth education team for FREE monthly themed family days! These drop-in style programs will be held on the last Saturday morning of each month from March through September. The new time for this year will be 9AM-12PM. There will be activities, crafts, scavenger hunts, kids’ equipment to borrow for exploration hikes, and visits from live animal guests with Nature’s Educators (select months).
All ages are welcome for these FREE, fun, and educational drop-in programs! We will have a campfire and s’mores to roast, as well as interactive activities ranging from astronomy to animals to music. Fireside Chats are the second Thursday evening of each month from April through October (except for April, which is held the first Thursday). The new times for this year will be 7:30-9PM in March and April, and 6:30-7:30PM in May through October.
**March cancelled due to poor visibility!
Join our birding experts on a FREE guided walk around Bluff Lake! No birding experience is necessary. These Bird Walks take place on the first Saturday of each month year-round. The walks begin at 8:00 a.m., and typically last 1-2 hours. There is no need to register, and anyone is welcome. Visitors will meet at the shed next to the parking lot. If you do not have your own binoculars to bring, Bluff Lake can loan you a pair to use during the walk.
Qigong + Mindfulness Walk: A 40-minute session of Qigong, a gentle mind-body practice, followed by a mindfulness walk around the lake. Join for either or both. Last Sunday each month, from 7:30-9AM (March, April, and Sept) or 7-8:30AM (May-Aug).
Forest Bathing (Shinrin-Yoku) Walk: A relaxing, two-hour walk, during which you’ll be invited to open your senses and engage with nature in a deeper way to enhance your well-being. Best suited for teens and adults. Takes place one Saturday a month 9-11AM (March 21 and April 18) or 8-10AM (May 16 and June 27). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot, each walk is limited to roughly 10 people.
10 am- 1 pm
Join us for a day of live bird banding, flying demonstrations, and family activities.
Celebrate the longest day of the year with live music, food trucks, and drinks.
10 am- 12 pm
Families of summer campers are invited to the site to participate in fun summer camp activities.
10 am – 1 pm
Enjoy a dance performance, learn the meaning behind the dances and clothing, and join in.
10 am – 1 pm
Earn badges and explore Bluff Lake! Must pre-register online (coming soon). Email email@example.com for more info.
10 am – 1 pm
Trick-or-treat your way around Bluff Lake, visiting an interesting booth for each of our partner organizations.
Throw your child’s next birthday party at Bluff Lake for a unique and memorable experience! Choose from a variety of games and activities led by our environmental educators, or simply explore and play within the natural beauty throughout the site. We can even provide s’mores for your guests to roast at our gas-powered fire pit!
Bluff Lake is committed to providing free family programming to our community. This is only possible thanks to generous support from our donors and sponsors. Though most of our programs are free, donations are always welcome!