Family Wildlife Series programs are open to all ages (unless otherwise noted), although information and activities are most appropriate for ages 5 and up.
Fee: $3/person or $5/family (unless otherwise noted)
Preregistration is required for Family Wildlife Series Programs. To check for space availability, you may call the Blue Jay Center for Environmental Education at 919-870-4330. To register, you will need to submit a completed registration form and payment by mail or in person.
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Blue Jay Garden Sampler
Saturday, August 30, 9:30–11 a.m.
Join Blue Jay staff for a morning in the Blue Jay Gardens. Take a peek at a mini pond, wildflower garden, composting area, butterfly garden and children’s garden – enjoy activities that will make you eager to use some of these ideas in your own yard.
Going to Seed
Saturday, September 13, 9:30–11 a.m.
Ever wonder how that plant got there? A seed, of course! Come learn about seeds and the many ways they get from place to place. Harvest seeds from the Blue Jay Butterfly Garden and create seed packets to take them home for your yard!
Saturday, September 27, 2–3:30 p.m.
Don't know a grasshopper from a katydid or a cicada from a cricket? Then this is the class for you! We'll be sweep netting our meadow in search of these and other incredible insects that make up approximately 80% of the world’s species of animals. Family Program. This program is FREE, in honor of "Take a Child Outside Week," but preregistration is required.
Batty, Batty, Batty 1-2-3
Saturday, October 11, 2–3:30 p.m.
Learn all about our local bats and the exciting things they do for us. Wrap up the session by making a Night Creature Luminary to use in your fall celebrations!
Saturday, November 15, 2–3:30 p.m.
What’s all the ruckus? In honor of America Recycles Day on November 15, learn the ins and outs of plastics recycling; then create a cool ornament, backpack tag, or pendant out of a repurposed plastic food tray to take home. A crafty time for ages 5 and up.
Check out our November 22 Night Owls and Candle Magic free, family nighttime event!
Treats for Tweets!
Saturday, December 13, 2–3:30 p.m.
Learn to ID a few common winter “feeder birds” and then make some yummy bird treats to take home.
Saturday, December 27, 2–3:30 p.m.
Have you ever looked at a silhouette of bare tree branches against a winter sky and thought it looked like a work of art? Come practice your winter tree ID skills with Blue Jay staff on a winter ramble, and while we are out, you can take some photos to capture your favorite "work of art." We'll post these photos on Facebook and let folks vote for "best in show" in this fun and friendly amateur photography contest. Who knows, there might even be a simple prize or two!
Free, but preregistration is required.