Coloring Sheets

These coloring sheets are available for educational, non-profit, or personal use. Click the image to download the high-resolution version. Most of these are intended to be printed on 8.5 x 14″ legal size paper, but the “Zooplankton of the Great Lakes” can be printed on standard 8.5 x 11″ letter size paper. If you use one of these coloring sheets or have suggestions for others, feel free to drop me a line!

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Creatures of the Vernal Pool

Size: 14 x 8.5″ 

Explore the temporary spring-time habitat of the vernal pool. Find swamp cabbage, spotted salamanders, a spotted turtle, fairy shrimp, seed shrimp (ostracods), zooplankton, water bugs, wood frogs and spring peeper, dragonfly nymph, caddisfly larvae, ribbon snake, egg masses, duckweed, and fingernail clams!

Great Lakes Lake Sturgeon

Size: 14 x 8.5″  

Starring everyone’s favorite living fossil. This sheet highlights the life cycle of the Lake Sturgeon, from spawning, to egg, to larvae, to fry, to juvenile, to adult.

BONUS: Here’s an activity sheet you can print on the back of the coloring sheet.

Little Creatures of the Great Lakes

Size: 14 x 8.5″ 

Featuring small and large invertebrates of the lake bottom including: amphipods, isopods, crayfish, mites, mysis, and more!

Great Lakes Insects

Size: 14 x 8.5″ 

Featuring mostly larval forms of aquatic insects like caddisflies, stoneflies, and dragonflies, with special appearances by other invertebrates (snails, amphipods) and vertebrates (larval fish and turtle)!

Creatures of the western rivers

Size: 14 x 8.5″ 

An alternate version of the “Great Lakes Insects” coloring page that represents the ecosystems of the salmon rivers of the western United States. Salmon parr!

Zooplankton of the Great Lakes

Size:  8.5 x 11″ 

An introduction to everyone’s favorite tiny invertebrates: the zooplankton!! Includes calanoids, cyclopoids, chydorids, and more!

MORE Zooplankton of the Great Lakes

Size:  8.5 x 14″ 

Many more forms of zooplankton than in the previous sheet, including baby zooplankton (nauplii), predatory zooplankton, the invasive spiny water flea (Bythotrephes), Daphnia, and harpacticoids!