Distance Learning

Distance Learning with Bluff Lake

The Bluff Lake team has been hard at work putting together distance learning resources for parents and teachers!  We are able to provide these resources for FREE thanks to generous donations from our community. If you have the means to donate, your donation will further support these efforts!

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Field Trips

These programs have been adapted from field trips we host at Bluff Lake! Bluff Lake educators filmed footage onsite and created corresponding activities that students can do from their homes. Additional resources that can be used for exploration of Bluff Lake can be found on our Education and Site Resources page.

Using any of these programs with your family or class? We’d love to hear from you! A lot of our grant funding depends on how many students we reach per year, so keeping track of how many students participate in these programs would be really helpful! Just send our Director of Operations Maggie an email at maggie@blufflake.org with the number of students, there age/grade level, and the school (if applicable). THANK YOU!

BLNC Water Mission, recommended for grades 3+, length 40-60 minutes

Learn all about the three water sources at Bluff Lake, where the water comes from, what the habitats look like, and how we test to make sure the water is healthy for aquatic animals!

Water Mission – English (format: Google Slides with YouTube links)

Water Mission – Spanish (format: Google Slides with YouTube links)

BLNC Animal Signs, recommended for grades 2+, length 30-50 minutes

Students will learn about various animals signs such as tracks they make in mud or snow, and how to identify tracks themselves!

Animal Signs – English (format: Google Slides with YouTube links)

Animal Signs – Spanish (format: Google Slides with YouTube links)

BLNC Habitats, recommended for grades ECE-3, length 30-40 minutes

Students will learn what makes a good habitat, what types of habitats we have at Bluff Lake, and how plants and animals survive in these habitats.

Habitats – English (format: Google Slides with YouTube links)

Habitats – Spanish(format: Google Slides with YouTube links)

Additional Lessons

BLNC All About Animals, recommended for grades 1+, length 30-40 minutes

Through a series of videos, students will learn about 8 animals that call Bluff Lake home, and see footage of these animals at Bluff Lake! Note: These videos are in English but you can turn on Spanish subtitles (instructions in slides).

All About Animals (format: Google Slides with YouTube links)

We also created a corresponding activity to go along with each animal. Feel free to use these activities with your class all together or individually!

BLNC All About Animals Activity Packet (format: pdf)

BLNC Virtual Bird Day, recommended for grades 5+, length 60-90 minutes

-Interview with George Ho, Jr., M.D., bird-watcher and nature photographer. George guides a photo tour of some birds of Bluff Lake, including advice for old and new bird-watchers, beautiful photographs and information about 21 different species of birds, explanations of bird-related terms, and a discussion of why birds matter.
-DIY milk-carton birdhouse
-Birdhouse information sheet
-Free games and resources from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, The Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, and HawkQuest
-Additional bird videos and activities

Click HERE to view all the Bird Day resources!