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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 Natural Play Area are great places to help your child "Be Out There" for a bit of unstructured play and interaction with the natural world. Learn more about how to get your child outdoors with the National Wildlife Federation's "Be Out There" program.

Blue Jay Point also offers special events, programs and activity boxes called "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 Public Program Registration Form and payment by mail or in person. The following series are offered monthly:

Children and Families

NEW!  Nature Play Days at Blue Jay – special monthly summer offering!
NEW!  Nature Peekers Theme-related stories and activities for parent and child ages 18 months–3 years.
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) – Most "semesters," Blue Jay offers a homeschool series that meets eight times over four months. In the fall, the series is for 9–13 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.
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 Opportunities

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

Growing Up WILD

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
9 a.m.–4 p.m.


Environmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC)

 GrEEn Holiday Crafting

Sunday, December 6, 2015
2–4:30 p.m.

Project WET

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.



  Special Events

Geminids Meteor Shower ViewingBJP_Osprey_Hike.jpg
Sunday, December 13, 2015
6–9 p.m.

Geminids Meteorite Shower is caused by the tail of an extinct comet, 3200 Phaethon, passing through the earth's atmosphere. It is centered just north of the constellation Gemini. The number of meteors will increase as the night progresses. You won't need any special equipment to view them. Your naked eye is the best. Dress warmly and bring a reclining chair or warm blanket to spread out on a flat spot on the ground facing northeast and look up. There will be some telescopes available to look at other objects in the sky. No preregistration is needed for this event. Poor viewing conditions will cancel – call 919-870-4330 for a recorded message or check our Facebook page after 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, if in doubt.


Annual Songbird CelebrationBJP_Osprey_Hike.jpg
Saturday, April 23, 2016
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. A complete listing of hikes, classes and activities at Songbird Celebration will be available closer to time!  
BJP_Big_Sweep.jpgAnnual Big Sweep
Saturday, October 3, 2015
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 19, 2016
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. Bring your travel mug for hot cocoa and enjoy 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, Scouts and Y groups!  No preregistration is needed for this
evening event.  
Winter Open House (every other year)
Saturday, February 6, 2016
1–4 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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