Many Groups, One Purpose

Blue_Jay_Lodge.jpgOvernight stays are one way to turn environmental education into a prolonged experience and cover many topics related to the Piedmont of North Carolina. Our overnight facility is used exclusively for this purpose. Any group may rent and stay in the Lodge on the condition that they participate in activities based on environmental education. Each group is required to complete six environmental education activities for each night that they stay in the Lodge. These activities may include (but are not limited to) group programs led by our staff, speakers on environmental areas of interest, outdoor learning experiences and Discovery Boxes. Discovery Boxes are created by Blue Jay Point to teach and assist those doing environmental education by themselves. They consist of background information, environmental education activities and all equipment needed to complete these activities, such as field guides, binoculars, nets, etc.  To see how a typical lodge group uses these resources, check out this Sample Overnight Agenda.
Further information will be provided at the Leader Orientation Workshop or LOW, which is conducted by Blue Jay staff once a month for those coming to stay in our Lodge. A representative from every group staying in the Lodge MUST register for and attend a free Leader Orientation Workshop at least two months prior to that group's reservation date. LOWs are also appropriate for individuals interested in knowing if a Lodge stay would be beneficial for their group, even before making a Lodge reservation.  You may register for your LOW online!

Check out this video to see one of the BJP Lodge groups in action!


The Lodge

The Lodge has a modern kitchen stocked with an abundance of pots, pans, and utensils. place settings, microwave oven, electric range and oven, coffee maker, toaster, ice maker, large refrigerator and automatic dishwasher. Please do not bring throw away plates and utensils. The great room is furnished with tables and chairs for learning and eating. There are two alcoves, one with a fireplace. Sleeping quarters are divided into men's and women's, each with its own restroom and showers. Total sleeping capacity is 36. Guests will need to provide their own twin-size linens or sleeping bags. Outside the Lodge is a multilevel deck with an outdoor grill. A paved trail and a beautiful boardwalk lead down to the amphitheater with seating and a campfire area. Equipment available with reservations at no fee: TV/DVD, dry-erase board, Discovery Boxes and local telephone. There is no Internet access provided. More pictures of the Lodge are available here

Evening Use

The park closes at sunset. Exact times can be acquired by calling Blue Jay Point. You will be provided with keys to the front gate and Lodge, and a member of Blue Jay Point’s staff will be “on-call” during your stay. You will be responsible for the gates and members of your group entering and leaving the park after closing. Please plan accordingly. Evening use of the park is limited to the Lodge area, unless proper scouting has been done in advance during daylight hours to check for hazards (park maps are available).

Park Rules and Regulations

Obeying the following rules and applying good common sense will ensure a safe and pleasant visit:
  • Speed limit 20 mph.
  • Pets must remain on a 6-foot (max.) leash.
  • No pets in the Lodge.
  • Fires allowed ONLY in campfire area and grill. NC Burn laws are enforced.
  • Park only in designated areas. This means no parking in the grass.
  • NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, firearms, hunting, boat launching or landing, swimming, amplified music, or collection, removal or release of any animal, plant or mineral material.


All groups will be required to carry out clean-up activities prior to vacating the premises. These will include:
  • Stacking tables and chairs in the Great Room.
  • Sweeping entire building, including porch/deck areas (we will mop after you leave).
  • Cleaning counters in kitchen, bath and bunk areas.
  • Loading and running dishwasher (unloading is preferred, but optional).
  • Cleaning and putting away pots & pans, etc.
  • Removing all belongings, including food from the refrigerator.
  • Pulling all trash (bunk room, great room, kitchen, baths) and putting it in the cart on the back porch.
Care should be taken during your stay to keep the facility in good condition. We ask that you consider the Lodge your "home away from home." 

Rental details

***Important Updates***

As of Jan. 1, 2019, is no charge for all Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space public, group and outreach programs. Fees will still apply for camps, Historic Yates Mill tours, and Blue Jay's Lodge and shelter rentals.
As of Jan. 1, 2019, we no longer accept cash on site at any Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space location. Payments for the Lodge can be made on site or in advance with a credit or debit card according to due date. Checks must be mailed in advance to our downtown office.


Private group overnight fee (Environmental Education focus only): $150
Government/nonprofit organization overnight fee: $75
Public/private School overnight fee: $50

Arrival & Departure

CHECK-IN: 1 p.m. on day of arrival
CHECK-OUT: 10 a.m. on day of departure
Reservations can be made up to one year in advance. Reservations begin on the first business day (not Sundays) of a month for that month the following year.
Cancellations MUST be submitted in writing at least one month prior to scheduled stay for refund.
There is no day-use rental of the Lodge. All rentals must be for overnight, environmental education purposes, and groups must stay each night they have reserved.
All Lodge guests must be at least 5 years old.
The group using the Lodge is financially responsible for any and all damages to the facility during the group’s stay.
No pets allowed in the Lodge – certified assistance animals only.
Please call Blue Jay Center for Environmental Education at 919-870-4330 to inquire about available Lodge dates, Discovery Boxes and staff-led group programs.