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.

***Important Updates***

Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space has made the decision to cancel all public programs and non-essential gatherings at its parks, effective Saturday, March 14, 2020, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes the group and public programs, special events, shelter reservations and overnight stays. These cancellations will remain in effect until April 30, 2020, when the county will reevaluate the situation. Our parks will remain open but the Education Center, the playgrounds and restrooms are closed. The No. 1 priority of Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space is the safety and well-being of our visitors and employees. Blue Jay park staff is actively in the process of communicating these cancellations with affected user groups and arranging for refunds or reschedules. 
Please call 919-870-4330 with any questions.

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.


Now Available!

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 25, 2020
11 a.m.–3 p.m.
(with a few "early bird" classes and hikes)
All programs through April 30, 2020, have been canceled. Songbird Celebration 2020 will not take place. Please join us next year!
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 5, 2019
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.
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 1, 2020
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