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
– Theme-related stories and activities for parent and child ages 3–5 years.
– 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 9–12-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. In Fall 2014, instead of holding our usual KCC, we are holding a special, four-session Teen Conservation Corps,
"TCC Naturalist Skills Series,
" with an expanded age range of 11–15 years old.
– In June, July and August we offer 3-day mini-camps for 4–5-, 6–8- and 9–12-year-olds.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, August 16, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Facilitated by NC Wildlife Resources educator Cecilia King, this 6-hour workshop introduces participants to the free Aquatic WILD K–12 educator guide. The workshop is similar to the N.C. WILD Basic workshop, except there is a focus on aquatics. The N.C. WILD Aquatic workshops are open to all interested educators, including classroom teachers, environmental educators, resource agency staff, park personnel, college students and faculty, and youth leaders. Bring a bag lunch. This 6-hour workshop counts as a Criteria I workshop in the NC Environmental Education Certification Program. Adult Workshop. FREE, but preregistration is required by emailing email@example.com
Methods of Teaching
Tuesday, August 19, 5–9 p.m. (bring a bag dinner and drink), AND
Wednesday, August 20, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (bring bag lunch and drink)
The focus of this 10-hour workshop is to prepare participants from a variety of educational backgrounds and experiences in both the formal and non-formal sectors to use exemplary Environmental Education teaching methods. Participants will learn about a variety of teaching techniques, methods and instructional strategies, and the workshop will include multiple interactive components. This is a required workshop for all NC Environmental Education Certification candidates. Note: You must have completed and received credit for the Basics of Environmental Education 10-hour Independent Study before enrolling in the workshop. Anyone who hasn't completed Basics of EE will be placed on a waiting list.
Growing Up WILDWednesday, December 3, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. This is a new workshop of Project WILD. It's geared toward children between the ages
of 3–7 years old and is correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young People Standards and the Head Start Domains. Facilitated by NC Wildlife Resource Commission educator Cecilia King, this 6-hour workshop counts as a Criteria I workshop in the NC Environmental Education Certification Program. CEU credit will be available upon the completion of a homework assignment.
Meet at the Blue Jay Center for Environmental Education and bring a bag lunch.
FREE but preregistration is required by calling 919-870-4330 or
Annual Songbird Celebration
Saturday, April 25
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 25, 2015!
Annual Big Sweep
Saturday, October 4
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org to register now!
Night Owls and Candle Magic (every other year)
Saturday, November 22
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
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.