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. 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 Box list 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.


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.
Eco-Kids – 3-day summer mini-camps offered 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 – KCC is on hiatus! Check out these opportunities for homeschool families:  Support Groups    Individual Families
Summer Mini-Camps – In June, July and August we offer 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 28, 2018
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.  

BJP_Big_Sweep.jpgAnnual Big Sweep
Saturday, October 7, 2017
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 – call 919-870-4330 or email bluejaypoint@wakegov.com to register now!
Night Owls and Candle Magic (every other year)
Saturday, November 17, 2018
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.  
"Habitat Olympics" Winter Open House
Saturday, February 3, 2018
1–4 p.m.
Many participants in Blue Jay’s school programs can tell you all about the components of “habitat” – food, water, shelter, space and air – things all animals (including us) need to live and grow. Join us as we celebrate Habitat and all its parts through Olympic-themed activities – something for all ages! Try your hand at the Big Air Stacking Challenge, Olympic Speed Weeding and the Olympic Ring Stamp-ede. Learn about the importance of water quality and some nearby unique aquatic environments. Take part in the Olympic Amphibian Anthem or go on a StoryWalk™ and play a game to learn how you can improve water quality. Help improve shelter for people by becoming a Blanketeer to help us make blankets to donate to Project Linus. Bring shelf-stable food items to donate between January 15 and February 15 to help us meet the goal of a 200 lbs. food donation for Food Bank of NC. Talk to our agency exhibitors about important things we can do to improve OUR habitat. Warm up by the Olympic Cauldron while enjoying hot cocoa and cookies. This is a great FREE winter Saturday outing with a combination of indoor and outdoor activities for families, scout groups and adults. No preregistration needed for this family event.