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 provide a completed and signed Volunteer Service Agreement and Release Form (complete electronically and email to Blue Jay or complete by hand and bring with you). Copies of this form will be available on-site, but all unaccompanied minors must provide 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 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.
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 various Saturdays during the year (see Winter Open House, Songbird Celebration, and NC Big Sweep) and the occasional Craft Prep day where volunteers assist Blue Jay staff with preparing craft materials for upcoming events and camps. 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!
We hold scheduled volunteer opportunities for individuals (teens and adults) at various times during the school year – you must preregister and all volunteers must bring a completed and signed Volunteer Service Agreement and Release Form with them to the volunteer session. Note: Forms are valid for one calendar year.



Blue Jay's Big Sweep (Saturday, Oct. 3) (canceled this year in its usual format.  Please see below for the 2020 version!) is volunteer event focused on cleaning up Blue Jay's shoreline. 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, please contact the Blue Jay Center for Environmental Education at 919-870-4330 or email us.

NOTE: This year's Big Sweep Event has been canceled due to COVID-19. We are instead holding a differently formatted series of Lakeside Trash Pick-up Volunteer Sessions on the same date – Saturday, Oct. 3. Please check this flyer to see if this year's format is something your family or group is interested in – if so, please give us a call!

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

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 Adam Wood at 919-870-4322, or email us.