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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Wild About Woodpeckers
Saturday, March 21, 2–3:30 p.m.
How would you like it if your tongue was so long it wrapped around the back of your skull? Or if you had to make a living by banging your head against a tree? Learn all about these hard-headed birds and make suet feeders to take home.
Duck, Duck, Goose
Friday, March 27, 2–3:30 p.m. (WCPSS traditional calendar Spring Break)
Dabblers vs. divers, bills vs. beaks–come take a "gander" at what makes waterfowl a special category of birds by comparing different kinds of birds that live in aquatic habitats. Participate in activities for learning and activities just for fun during this WCPSS traditional calendar Spring Break program for families with children ages 5 and up.
Family Bird Hike
Saturday, April 25, 10–10:45 a.m. or 11–11:45 a.m.
Start your family on the track of a lifetime hobby by taking a trek around Blue Jay with NC State Park Ranger Brian Bockhahn in search of our springtime bird residents! This special Songbird Celebration offering is FREE, and preregistration is requested. Limited day-of registration may be available. No strollers, please.
Saturday, April 25, 11 a.m.–noon or 1–2 p.m. or 2–3 p.m.
Join a park ranger from the US Army Corps of Engineers for a short hike down the Sandy Point Trail to observe a man-made osprey nesting platform and this year's avian inhabitants. This special Songbird Celebration offering is FREE, and preregistration is requested. Limited day-of registration may be available. No strollers, please.
Wake Audubon Family Bird Hike
Saturday, April 25, noon–12:45 p.m. or 1–1:45 p.m.
Join members of Wake Audubon for a family bird hike around Blue Jay. Be sure to stop by the Wake Audubon booth for great information and a peek at their bird-related merchandise! This special Songbird Celebration offering is FREE, and preregistration is requested. Limited day-of registration may be available. No strollers, please.
Wake Audubon Bluebird Hike
Saturday, April 25, 2–2:45 p.m.
Learn about how the Eastern Bluebird populations have been brought back from the brink by Citizen Science efforts like those at Blue Jay as you scope out the Bluebird Trail and take a peek into a nest box or two. This special Songbird Celebration offering is FREE, and preregistration is requested. Limited day-of registration may be available. No strollers, please.
Saturday, May 23, 2–3:30 p.m.
Hands-on frogs (or tadpoles at least!) will star in this day's activities. We will practice some frog calls, learn about frog life cycles and food chains, and then search for frogs and tadpoles in the Blue Jay Pond.
"Leaf" it to Me
Monday, May 25, 9:30–11 a.m.
Learn what trees need to grow, and "leaf" knowing how to ID common trees by their new spring foliage. Enjoy a walk in the park and get acquainted with some of our favorite trees.
Just Winging It
Saturday, June 13, 9:30–11 a.m.
Learn about the intricacies of bird behavior as you bird watch in a new way!
Saturday, June 20, 2–3:30 p.m.
Compost is black gold! Learn what compost is and why it's so valuable, while you get up close and personal with worms and create a mini worm composting bin to take home.