Fireside Chats


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 held the second Thursday evening of each month from March through October (except for April, which is held the first Thursday). The new times for this year are 7:30-9PM in March and April, and 6:30-7:30PM in May through October.

March 12: Star & Planet Viewing    CANCELLED

We will provide binoculars for everyone and telescopes to share, so that everyone can get a closer view of the stunning night sky!See our astronomy charts for guidance about what to look for, and learn interesting facts about the constellations and planets that are visible that evening.

April 2: Moon Viewing  CANCELLED
*FIRST Thursday instead of second Thursday for optimal moon viewing phase.
*Later start time and longer program for night sky visibility!
7:30-9 pm

View our moon charts and photographs, and learn about the moon through the eyes of astronomers as well as various cultural traditions! The moon phase of the evening will make the numerous craters visible in sharp relief. Binoculars to borrow and telescopes to share will be available.

May 14: Flowers & Pollinators
6:30-7:30 pm

Explore our bug collection and learn about how various insects pollinate the flowers that call Bluff Lake home. Then, borrow a net, bug box, and magnifying glass as you hunt for insects around our campfire area! We will use field guides to identify the species we’ve caught, and then release them.

June 11: Nocturnal Animals
6:30-7:30 pm

Have you ever wondered how animals are able to see so well at night? This Fireside Chat will teach you about the adaptations that make night creatures so phenomenal. You’ll even get the chance to see and touch our night animal pelts, molds, and tracks!

July 9: Video Game Animals
*Live animals with Nature’s Educators!
6:30-7:30 pm

Do you love video games? Well, you’d be surprised to know how many popular characters are designed based on real animals! Nature’s Educators will tell you all about these animals and how they defend themselves, what they eat, and where they live. They will even bring real, live animals to show you as examples!

August 6: Musical Storytime
*Live music with Rocky Mountain Aardvarks!
6:30-7:30 pm

Join us for a night full of fun and music as Rocky Mountain Aardvarks sing their original, funky songs! This program is most suitable for children 5 years and younger, but all are welcome.

September 10: Animals of the Wizarding World
*Live animals with Nature’s Educators!
6:30-7:30 pm

This Fireside Chat will give you the chance to see the fantastical beasts from the popular books and movies up close and personal. You will learn about where they were seen in the story as well as their habitat, diet, and natural history.

October 8: Native American Music
*Live music with Bluff Lake Educator Jacob Reta!
6:30-7:30 pm

Come learn about one of the key aspects of Native American culture, their music! Music is used in Native American history to transmit their history and culture. Enjoy live demonstrations of traditional drumming and singing.