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.)
- Register your group using the form below
- Request a bus as soon as possible
- Book a pre-trip outreach
- Receive our confirmation email
If you would like to register for NET’s Project-Based Learning Program or a Field Work 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 Monday, August 22. 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 24.
Tier Three: All other schools may register beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, August 29.
Check back here beginning on August 22 when registration will go live.
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.
NOTE ON SCHEDULING:
We try to schedule presentations during school hours on the Monday before your field trip. Please compare your Monday schedule to the calendar above and fill out the outreach request form.
• Each 1st-6th grade presentation will need about 60 minutes
• Each Kindergarten presentation will need about 45 minutes
• Each ECE presentation will need 30 minutes
• We suggest scheduling no more than two classes together, and no more than two
presentations back to back
• When scheduling, please allow time, if necessary, for students to settle at the beginning
of the day or right after lunch.
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!