For truly "wild" families. Family Wildlife Series programs are open to all ages (unless otherwise noted), although information and activities are most appropriate for ages 5 and up.
Fee: $3/person or $5/family (unless otherwise noted)
Preregistration is required for Family Wildlife Series Programs. To check for space availability, you may call the Blue Jay Center for Environmental Education at 919-870-4330. To register, you will need to submit a completed registration form and payment by mail or in person.
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Going on a Bear Hunt
Friday, March 28, 2–3:30 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 on this traditional calendar teacher workday – don't forget your stuffed bear!
Eye of Newt!
Saturday, March 29, 2–3:30 p.m.
Celebrate NC PARC's "Year of the Salamander"! 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
Family Bird Hike
Saturday April 26, 10–10:45 a.m. or 11–11:45 a.m.
Start your family on the track of a lifetime hobby by taking a trek around Blue Jay with NC State Park Ranger Brian Bockhahn in search of our springtime bird residents! This special Songbird Celebration offering is FREE, and preregistration is requested. Limited day-of registration may be available. No strollers, please.
Saturday April 26, 11 a.m.–noon or 1–2 p.m. or 2–3 p.m.
Join a park ranger from the US Army Corps of Engineers for a short hike down the Sandy Point Trail to observe a man-made osprey nesting platform and this year's avian inhabitants. This special Songbird Celebration offering is FREE, and preregistration is requested. Limited day-of registration may be available. No strollers, please.
Wake Audubon Family Bird Hike
Saturday April 26, noon–12:45 p.m. or 1–1:45 p.m.
Join members of Wake Audubon for a family bird hike around Blue Jay. Be sure to stop by the Wake Audubon booth for great information and a peek at their bird-related merchandise! This special Songbird Celebration offering is FREE, and preregistration is requested. Limited day-of registration may be available. No strollers, please.
Wake Audubon Bluebird Hike
Saturday April 26, 2–2:45 p.m.
Learn about how the Eastern Bluebird populations have been brought back from the brink by Citizen Science efforts like those at Blue Jay as you scope out the Bluebird Trail and take a peek into a nest box or two This special Songbird Celebration offering is FREE, and preregistration is requested. Limited day-of registration may be available. No strollers, please.
Leaves of Three
Saturday, May 3, 2–3:30 p.m.
Want to dazzle friends and neighbors with your knowledge of one of nature's most notorious plants? Each family will make a poison ivy bandana to take home—and learn the tricks for staying free of the dreaded itches!
Slippery, Slidey, Slimy Salamanders
Saturday, May 24, 2–3:30 p.m.
Find out how these special amphibians compare with their reptile cousins, and learn about the amazing adaptations that have let them remain relatively unchanged for 150 million years!
Saturday, June 14, 2–3:30 p.m.
Turtles are renowned in tales—from the Tortoise and the Hare to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Come find out the real scoop on turtles, and how they "earn a living" (and maybe learn a new tale, too!)
Saturday, June 21, 9:30–11 a.m.
Imagine eating a healthy plate of food without bees or other pollinators. It would be a world without apples and tomatoes, even a world without chocolate! Play a super-active game and make a cool pollination craft while you learn about various pollinator animals, large and small, as we get ready to celebrate National Pollination Week in June.