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.

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 Box list for children ages 3 & up, as well as programs and workshops for adults. Please see the current Public Program Directory or click on a program series title below for information on upcoming programs.


 


 
 

The health and safety of our visitors and staff remain the top priorities for Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. As Wake County follows the state’s phased approach to lift COVID-19 restrictions, we are also working to safely reopen park services in phases over the coming months. 

Wake County parks and preserves have been open throughout the pandemic. Visitors must comply with guidelines set forth by the state, including gathering with no more than 25 people and maintaining physical distance of at least six feet from any other person. External restrooms and water fountains are open.

Measures to limiting the number of people allowed in the park at one time remain in place. If a gate is closed or cones are blocking the entrance, that means the park has reached capacity. Parks that are run by towns or cities may be operating differently—please reach out to them directly before visiting their parks.  

The following restrictions will remain in place at Wake County parks and preserves through at least July 31:

  • Playgrounds and park centers are closed.
  • Park programs and events are canceled.
  • Special operations, such as boat rentals, group camping and lodge rental, are not available.
  • Shelter rentals and other park use agreements are canceled.
  • Camps are canceled through the end of 2020.

As of 5 p.m. June 26, the State of North Carolina has mandated that people must wear masks or cloth face coverings when in public and unable to adhere to social distancing guidelines. This applies at Wake County’s parks and preserves.

As a reminder, 24/7 digital programming is available at wakegov.com/parks/fromhome.

 

 
As of Jan. 1, 2019, there is no charge for Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space public, group and outreach programs. Fees will still apply for camps, Historic Yates Mill tours, Blue Jay's Lodge, and shelters.
 
As of Jan. 1, 2019, we no longer accept cash on site at any Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space location. Payments can be made on site or in advance with a credit or debit card. Checks must be mailed in advance.

 

**New!**  Blue Jay Point from Home!

Blue Jay's education staff has been hard at work figuring out ways you can enjoy Blue Jay from the comfort of your own home! Check out our new Blue Jay Point from Home page with things to learn and do for a wide range of ages.  Check back often because we will be adding new items regularly! 

Online Public Program Registration

You can now register for Blue Jay's public program opportunities at your convenience! Register for any of our programs by clicking on the Blue Jay Point icon like the one below. Search for programs by location, age, date and more!

 

Children and Families

Nature Play Days at Blue Jay – special monthly summer offering!
 
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.
   
Family Wildlife Series – For truly "wild" families! All ages are welcome, but content is most appropriate for ages 5 and up.
 
Kids Conservation Corps – KCC is on hiatus! Check out these opportunities for homeschool families:  Support Groups    Individual Families
 
Summer Mini-Camps – In June and July we offer several 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!
 
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 2 or 3 credit is available for participants in the NC EE Certification Program. 

  Special Events

 

Annual Songbird CelebrationBJP_Osprey_Hike.jpg
Saturday, April 24, 2021
11 a.m.–3 p.m.
(with a few "early bird" classes and hikes)
 
Songbird Celebration is an annual event celebrating the return of migratory songbirds and in honor of World 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.  
Youth groups wishing to volunteer as a group to help with Songbird Celebration should email us at bluejaypoint@wakegov.com no later than March 15.

  
 
BJP_Big_Sweep.jpgAnnual Big Sweep
Saturday, October 3, 2020
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 – groups may register beginning in late August by calling 919-870-4330 or emailing bluejaypoint@wakegov.com. Individuals may register themselves using links on our Volunteer page beginning late August.
 
 
 
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Night Owls and Candle Magic
(every other year)
Saturday, November 21, 2020
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 5, 2022
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, and no preregistration is required