EBB_Nest.jpgFamily Wildlife Series programs are open to all ages (unless otherwise noted), although information and activities are most appropriate for ages 5 and up.

New Family Program Fee structure: $1/person  (unless otherwise noted) All members of the family in attendance must be registered for the program.

Preregistration is required for all Family Wildlife Series Programs.

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Winter Wonders
Monday, Jan. 15, 1–2:30 p.m.
Join Blue Jay staff as we look for signs of winter animal activity on this frosty afternoon hike. Create your own animal-themed snowflake to take home! All participants must be independently mobile or in child backpacks. No strollers, please! 

Stamping Around Blue Jay
Saturday, Jan. 27, 2–3:30 p.m.
Ever wondered what letterboxing is? Well, now’s your chance to learn all about it and give it a try – we might even find our special BJP letterbox. Letterboxing is a bit like geocaching, but uses puzzle solving and your brain instead of technology! Bundle up for this mostly outside program.
"Habitat Olympics" Winter Open House
Saturday, Feb. 3, 1–4 p.m.
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 during the month of February 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 can 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 registration needed for this family event.
Nature at Night
Friday, Feb. 9, 6–7 p.m.
Put on your best “sneaking feet” for a nighttime hike down to the lake. Learn what critters are active at night and how we know!  Family Program (ages 5+)   
GBBC Bird Olympics
Monday, Feb. 19, 10–11 a.m.
We’ve decided that “counting is for the birds” this year and want to celebrate the Great Backyard Bird Count by playing fun and active outdoor games to learn about bird behavior. Join Blue Jay staff for a rollicking good time! Many games and activities will be best suited for ages 5 and up, though we will have some fun things especially for the wee ones. This program is FREE in honor of the Great Backyard Bird Count, but preregistration is required.
Going on a Bear Hunt
Saturday, March 24, 2–3 p.m.
Don’t be afraid! Bring your favorite stuffed bear to Blue Jay for an interactive hike using all five senses to learn about Black Bears.   Enjoy part scavenger hunt, part adventure, and a whole lot of fun. 
Eye of Newt!
Thursday, March 29, 2–3 p.m.
Join Blue Jay staff as we delve into the watery world of a special kind of salamander, the Eastern Red-Spotted Newt. Join us for a story, game and dip-netting for newts in our study pond.