How to Register


To register for a Bluff Lake Education Program, please follow the 4 steps below. (NOTE: if you’re planning to lead students on a self-guided tour, please see this page.)

  1. Register your group using the form below
  2. Request a bus as soon as possible
  3. Book a pre-trip outreach
  4. Receive our confirmation email

If you would like to register for a service project or a fieldwork program, please contact Fran Taffer at [email protected] directly.

1. Register Your Students

Bluff Lake utilizes a tiered registration system. Your tier remains open even as the other tiers begin registration. All registrants will be processed according to tiers and in the order they are received.
Tier One: Schools within the 3-mile radius of Bluff Lake may register beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Click here for a list of Tier 1 schools.
Tier Two: Title 1 and/or 50%+ FRL schools may register beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, August 2, 2017.
Tier Three: All other schools may register beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday, August 3, 2017.
Check back here beginning on August 1 when registration will go live.

Education Program Calendar —Orange Dates = Not Available

2. Request Transportation

We require schools to provide a bus request/route number to receive confirmation for your education program. If you cannot provide a bus request/route number a month before your field trip, we reserve the right to cancel the event.

BLNC does reimburse school bus expenses (for public schools with Title 1 status and/or 50% or more student enrollment in the free/reduced lunch program) up to $105 per day. All other schools will be responsible for their transportation expenses. Please contact Fran Taffer at [email protected] to seek transportation reimbursement.

3. Schedule Outreach

Before your field trip or education program, one of our staff will visit your school. This presentation will cover content and will include: Pre-trip assessment for 1st-6th grades (please have the students ready with a pencil and a surface to write on), a discussion about our wildlife refuge/nature preserve and how to behave in a natural area as well as information about what to expect during your program, and what to wear and bring to be comfortable.

4. Confirmation Email

Once you have registered for a program date, sent us your bus confirmation, and scheduled an outreach date, you should receive a final confirmation email from us.

Please let us know any questions you may have. You can email Fran Taffer at [email protected] We look forward to seeing you at Bluff Lake Nature Center!