​Whether you are an outdoor buff wanting to hone your skills, or a dabbler who would just like to try something new, come hang with the Blue Jay staff and work on some Serious Skills! Criteria II or III or CEU credit may be available for participants in the NC EE Certification Program, depending on the session.
 
Serious Skills for Adults: Spiders 101 New date!
Saturday, Sept. 22, 9:30–11.a.m.
Spiders are marvels of nature, spinning silk that rivals the strength of steel. Learn to identify these eight-legged wonders by habit, habitat, color and shape. We will use various collecting tools and ID resources as we explore the world of spiders.

Serious Skills for Adults: Pond Explorations
Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m.–noon
Come investigate Blue Jay's always popular manmade mini-pond through a hands-on, adults-only pond exploration! Learn more about our local aquatic ecosystems and the native animals and plants that exist in it. Maybe even get inspired with a few simple ideas about how to create a wildlife friendly aquatic habitat in your own space. Come dressed to get a bit wet and mucky. This workshop can count toward Criteria II or III credit for participants in the NC EE Certification program. Scout leaders, take note – take this workshop and you could be "da bomb" with your troop!

Serious Skills for Adults: Poking into Plastics
Saturday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m.–noon
Reduce, Reuse, Reimagine, Recycle—We are going to “reimagine” some #6 takeaway container plastic into fun charms, pendants and ornaments using easy-to-find supplies. As we work we’ll discuss some of the ins and outs of plastic recycling – America Recycles Day is just around the corner! This workshop can count toward Criteria III credit for participants in the NC EE Certification program.
 
Serious Skills for Adults: Winter Wonders
Saturday, Dec. 29, 10:30 a.m.–noon
Many people view winter as a time when nature sleeps, but in NC's piedmont we may get to see the unexpected sight of a beautiful Mourning Cloak butterfly basking in the winter sun. Kinglets, both Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned, grace us here in the winter, while evergreens such as Christmas Ferns, Spotted Wintergreen and Little Brown Jug enjoy the winter spotlight. Come celebrate these Winter Wonders and more during our adult winter hike. Wear clothing and footwear appropriate for a leisurely one- to two-mile hike. This workshop can count as Criteria II or III credit for participants in the NC EE Certification program.