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. Many volunteer opportunities can now be registered for online – look for the Blue Jay Icon
below. Please contact the Blue Jay Center for Environmental Education at 919-870-4330 to inquire about other 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.
Are you interested in Volunteer Opportunities for:
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 to volunteer as a group, or to reserve the "Big Sweep" Discovery Box, contact the Blue Jay Center for Environmental Education at 919-870-4330 or email us
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 various Saturdays during 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 talk with us about volunteer opportunities or to 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!
NEW! You can now register online for many volunteer opportunities!
Craft Prep Workdays for Teens
Help prepare crafts and materials for upcoming summer camps, family festivals and educational programs. This is mostly inside work – occasionally some outside work, so bring a coat. Workdays are scheduled periodically throughout the school year.
Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016
Saturday, March 5, 2016
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 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
and be present the entire time. Opportunities include craft booths, interactive displays, and/or helping with educational activities and presentations – both inside and out, so be sure to bring a coat! The Winter Open House welcomes adult or teen volunteers. You can register by using the Blue Jay icon above. Contact the Blue Jay Center for Environmental Education at 919-870-4330 or email us
if you have questions.
Songbird Celebration (Saturday, April 23, 2016)
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. Opportunities include running game booths and craft tables, parking assistance and event clean-up. Songbird Celebration is a great volunteer opportunity. If you are a teen or an adult, you can register online
by using the Blue Jay icon below. If you are a parent-child team or a youth group and would like to volunteer, please contact the Blue Jay Center for Environmental Education at 919-870-4330 or email us
Saturday, April 23, 2016, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (All-day Volunteer)
Saturday, April 23, 2016, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. (AM Volunteer)
Saturday, April 23, 2016, 1–4 p.m. (PM Volunteer)
Saturday, April 23, 2016, 3–5 p.m. (Clean-up Crew)
Blue Jay's Big Sweep (Saturday, October 1, 2016)
is a volunteer event focused on cleaning up Blue Jay's shoreline. (All volunteers MUST register in advance
for this 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. 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.