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Blue Jay Point County Park has multiple opportunities for volunteers interested in gaining Community Service credit, completing Scout requirements, learning more about Environmental Education or simply being good stewards. Volunteers include individuals, groups, students and families, each working in a variety of settings according to their preferences and skills. People of all ages and backgrounds volunteer at Blue Jay each year. Last year, volunteers spent almost 2,000 hours helping us provide high quality programming in a safe, inviting atmosphere.
 
Volunteer opportunities can be scheduled for a single visit or spread over a series of visits. Please contact the Blue Jay Center for Environmental Education at 919-870-4330 to register as a volunteer for special events or to inquire about scheduling volunteer opportunities for you or your group. Important Note: All volunteers must complete and sign a Volunteer Service Agreement and Release Form. Copies of this form will be available on-site, but all unaccompanied minors must bring a completed form signed by a parent or guardian.
 

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Groups who volunteer at Blue Jay include school groups, environmental clubs and organizations, Scout groups, special interest groups and families. Many choose to take part in our annual special events held on Saturdays during various parts of the year (see Songbird Celebration, Winter Open House and NC Big Sweep). Other groups choose to come in a series of visits to work on various projects each month. For a one-time opportunity that is not a special event, many groups choose to borrow our "Big Sweep" discovery box and help pick up litter around Falls Lake. To register for a special event, schedule visits or reserve the "Big Sweep" discovery box, contact the Blue Jay Center for Environmental Education at 919-870-4330 or email us.
 
Individuals who volunteer at Blue Jay include high school students, Scouts, environmental educators, and stewards of Wake County's natural resources. Opportunities include special events, which are held on Saturdays during various parts of the year (see Winter Open House, Songbird Celebration, and NC Big Sweep). Some choose to schedule their own unique volunteer opportunity. We always welcome new ideas, and individual volunteers may offer their own special skills that would enhance Blue Jay Point County Park's facilities or programming. To register for a special event, schedule visits or reserve the "Big Sweep" discovery box, contact the Blue Jay Center for Environmental Education at 919-870-4330 or email us. The very best way to keep abreast of upcoming volunteer opportunities is to sign up for Blue Jay's monthly electronic newsletter, the Blue Jay Flyer. Just scroll to the bottom of Blue Jay's main page to sign up!
 
Eagle Scouts have chosen to complete many Eagle Award Projects at Blue Jay Point County Park over the year. Occasionally the park staff has specific projects that would satisfy the requirements. Scouts are encouraged to submit their own ideas. To find out more information regarding Eagle Scout opportunities, please contact Ben Wittenberg at 919-870-4329, or by email us
 
Winter Open House (Saturday, February 6, 2016)  Come out and help as the Blue Jay Center for Environmental Education opens its doors and celebrates another great year of programming. The Winter Open House is held the first Saturday of February in even numbered years – the next Winter Open House will be held in 2016. Volunteers are needed between 1:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Opportunities include: craft booths, interactive displays, and/or helping with educational activities and presentations. The Winter Open House welcomes individual, group or family volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the Blue Jay Center for Environmental Education at 919-870-4330 or email us.
 
Songbird Celebration (Saturday, April 25, 2015) Every year Blue Jay Point County Park seeks volunteers to help at our annual festival celebrating International Migratory Bird Day and the return of our feathered friends. Next year's Songbird Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Opportunities include running game booths and craft tables, parking assistance and event clean-up. Songbird Celebration is a great opportunity for individual, group, family and parent-child team volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the Blue Jay Center for Environmental Education at 919-870-4330 or email us.
 
NC Big Sweep (Saturday, October 4, 2014) is a statewide volunteer event focused on cleaning up North Carolina's waterways. Blue Jay Point County Park is a designated NC Big Sweep site. (All volunteers MUST preregister – Registration begins September 1!)  9 a.m.–noon  Lakeside Trash Pick-up
Volunteers report to the Blue Jay Center where they will receive supplies, data cards, information and maps to shoreline locations for litter removal. Big Sweep at Blue Jay is appropriate for ages 8 and up – families, groups or individuals; however, it is composed of litter removal on rocky shorelines in what may be hot and/or humid conditions. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be part of an organized group with a participating adult supervisor or be accompanied by a guardian. Age and health should be considered when volunteering for this event.   In North Carolina, Big Sweep is held on the first Saturday in October. The next Blue Jay Big Sweep will be October 4, 2014. For more information, or to register as a volunteer, please contact the Blue Jay Center for Environmental Education at 919-870-4330 or email us.

Important Note: ALL Big Sweep volunteers must sign a Volunteer Service Agreement and Release Form. Forms will be available on-site, but all unaccompanied minors must bring one signed by a parent or guardian.

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