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 series title below for information on upcoming programs.
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
NEW! Nature Peekers – Theme-related stories and activities for parent and child ages 18 months–3 years.
– 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 9–13 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.
– 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
Advanced Project WILD--Bears
Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Join the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to learn about Being Bear Aware. Learn how to set up a campsite with bears in mind, and how to live well with black bears. Study distribution of bear populations in NC. Learn where, when and why bear hunting is practiced in NC, and review basic black bear biology. Through K–12 activities designed for educators in formal and non-formal settings, we will explore the life-cycles and adaptations of this charismatic species. FREE Adult Workshop. Preregistration is required.
Saturday, August 13, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Facilitated by NC Wildlife Resources educator Casey Williams, 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.
Annual Songbird Celebration
Saturday, April 29, 2017
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.
Annual Big Sweep
Saturday, October 1, 2016
(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 email@example.com to register now!
Night Owls and Candle Magic (every other year)
Saturday, November 19, 2016
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
Winter Open House (every other year)
Saturday, February 3, 2018
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.