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Opportunities Abound!​BJP_Fall_Nature_Crafts.jpg

Blue Jay Point offers numerous opportunities for children, families and adults at our park. We have many facilities available: playgrounds, open play fields, picnic areas, trails, gardens and an environmental education center with exhibits. The trails and gardens and new Natural Play Area are great places to use to give your child a "Green Hour" a day. A "Green Hour" is a bit of time for unstructured play and interaction with the natural world. Learn more about how to get your child outdoors with the National Wildlife Federation's Green Hour program.

Blue Jay Point also offers special events, programs and activity boxes call "Discovery Boxes." Every year, we host several Special Events that are great opportunities to come out to the park with your family and experience Blue Jay. We also offer environmental education programs and Family Discovery Boxes for children ages 3 & up, as well as programs and workshops for adults. Please see the current Blue Jay Program Directory or click on a program title below for information on upcoming programs. To check for space availability, contact the Blue Jay Center for Environmental Education at 919-870-4330. To register, you will need to include a completed registration form and payment by mail or in person. The following series are offered monthly:

Children and Families

Nature Stories – Theme-related stories and activities for parent and child ages 3–5 years.
Eco-Kids – A 3-day mini-camp offered monthly for youngsters ages 4–5 years in which they learn about a variety of topics through crafts, hikes, stories and other activities.
Family Wildlife Series – For truly "wild" families! All ages are welcome, but content is most appropriate for ages 5 and up.
Kids Conservation Corps (homeschool series) – Each "semester," Blue Jay offers a homeschool series that meets eight times over four months. In the fall, the series is for 9–12-year-olds, and in the spring, the series is for 6–8-year-olds. See the Summer Blue Jay Program Directory, published June 21, for Fall Series KCC information, and the Fall Blue Jay Program Directory, published September 21, for Spring Series KCC information. Note: There will be no Spring KCC in 2014. Our "usual" schedule should return in 2015!
Summer Mini-Camps – In June, July and August we offer 3-day mini-camps for 4–5-, 6–8- and 9–12-year-olds.

Adult Workshops and Programs

Blue Jay Point offers a variety of adult programs, including many workshops for NC Environmental Education Certification or CEU credits! Please see below for the most up-to-date list of upcoming workshops and classes. To register, contact the Blue Jay Center for Environmental Education at 919-870-4330 or email us at
Saturday, April 26
9–10 a.m.
Join NC State Park I & E Specialist Brian Bockhahn on a hike around Blue Jay Point to locate spring migrants through bird song and observation. Enjoy a cup of shade-grown coffee when you get back! This special Songbird Celebration offering is FREE, and preregistration is requested. Limited day-of registration may be available.
Saturday, May 17
10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Advanced WILD Raptors introduces the main raptor families of the Piedmont with some key species' characteristics and habitats. The day is filled with activities suited to the classroom. Time outdoors will focus on local raptors, nest site selection and middle to high school-appropriate field research techniques. We will spend some time with the ospreys at Blue Jay Point, too. Dress for the weather and plan for more than half the time out-of-doors unless there is foul weather. Led by CC King of NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Criteria II workshop in the NC EE Certification Program. Bring a bag lunch and drink. Adult program. FREE but preregistration is required by emailing
Thursday, May 29, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
optional field trip, Friday, May 30, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Project Food, Land & People is committed to helping people of all ages better understand the interrelationships among agriculture, the environment, and people of the world.  The curriculum used, Resources for Learning, consists of 55 hands-on lessons for students in grades Pre-K–12, developed and tested by more than a thousand educators. Subjects range from environmental science and stewardship to human populations and land use issues. Just where, exactly, does our food come from? That's just one of the many questions explored through these fun, thought-provoking lessons. This workshop meets the objectives for NCEE Criteria I. CEU credit may also be available. Participants will meet at the Blue Jay Center for Environmental Education. Please bring a bag lunch and wear field clothing. Adult Workshop. This FLP workshop is free, with Resources for Learning Guides or CDs provided courtesy of the NC Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Preregistration is required by emailing  

  Special Events

Annual Songbird CelebrationBJP_Osprey_Hike.jpg
Saturday, April 26
11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Songbird Celebration is an annual event celebrating the return of migratory songbirds and in honor of International Migratory Bird Day. It is a FREE festival for bird lovers of all ages, and a great outing for families, Scouts and other youth groups. Enjoy bird-related activities throughout the park, including games and crafts, preschool story times, bird hikes for adults and kids, learning stations and more.
Songbird Celebration is always held on the last Saturday in April, so mark your calendars now for April 26, 2014!
BJP_Big_Sweep.jpgAnnual Big Sweep
Saturday, October 4
9 a.m.–noon
(for Lakeside Trash Pick-up)
Join ranks to help clean up the Falls Lake shoreline around Blue Jay Point. All volunteers must be ages 8 and up. Volunteers under age 16 must come with a participating supervisory adult or parent/guardian.
ALL Volunteers must bring a completed Wake County Volunteer Service Agreement and Release Form. Bring a water bottle and hat. Sunscreen and your favorite brand of insect repellent is recommended. Closed-toe shoes, such as old sneakers, are a must! This is an excellent opportunity to provide a great community service – preregistration is required – call 919-870-4330 or email to register now!
Night Owls and Candle Magic (every other year)
Saturday, November 22
6:30–9 p.m.
Bring the "night owls" in your family to enjoy the magic of a stroll along our luminary-lined trail as you learn about the late fall seasonal activities of our local owls. Enjoy hot cocoa and a lantern-lit craft project before you go home. FREE and for all ages (baby backpacks are recommended rather than strollers). No dogs, please. Last "stroll" begins at 8:30 p.m. Perfect for Jr. Naturalist families and Scout groups! (No preregistration is needed for this evening event.) We need a few additional adults, high school juniors/seniors or college students to help us with this event. Call 919-870-4330 to find out what you need to do to volunteer!
Winter Open House (every other year)
Saturday, February 6, 2016
2–4 p.m.
Come out and join the Blue Jay staff as they celebrate another great year of programs! On alternate years, the Winter Open House focuses on different environmental education themes through crafts, interactive displays, hands-on educational activities and presentations. Enjoy refreshments on the covered front porch while you watch winter birds at the feeders. This is a great FREE winter Saturday afternoon outing for families, Scout groups and adults. For more information or to volunteer for the Winter Open House, call 919-870-4330.



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