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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Treats for Tweets!
Saturday, December 13, 2–3:30 p.m.
Learn to ID a few common winter "feeder birds" and then make some yummy bird treats to take home.
Saturday, December 27, 2–3:30 p.m.
Have you ever looked at a silhouette of bare tree branches against a winter sky and thought it looked like a work of art? Come practice your winter tree ID skills with Blue Jay staff on a winter ramble, and while we are out, you can take some photos to capture your favorite "work of art." We'll post these photos on Facebook and let folks vote for "best in show" in this fun and friendly amateur photography contest. Who knows, there might even be a simple prize or two! This program is FREE, but preregistration is required.
Saturday, January 17, 6–7:30 p.m.
Join staff on a nighttime exploration of the park. We'll practice using our senses to compensate for the dark, so plan on keeping your flashlight in your pocket! For families with ages 5 and up, please!
Saturday, January 24, 2–3:30 p.m.
Join us for a winter walk and plant ID session. Make a winter plant collage while learning about critters that depend on those plants for winter habitat needs.
Saturday, February 14, 2–3:30 p.m.
Join Blue Jay staff for an informal session of indoor fun and games. Try out "Animal Track Twister" or "Bird Bingo." Maybe even "Who Goes There!" to guess what animal is making that sound. Stay a little or stay a while, but mostly–come on down! The program is FREE, and preregistration is not required for this drop-by program.
Counting is for the Birds!
Monday, February 16, 10–11 a.m.
Join Blue Jay staff to hear a bird story (or two), try a fun bird activity (or three) and count how many different kinds of birds we can see from Blue Jay's front porch as part of the Great Backyard Bird Count on Monday morning. Older kids will hike "further afield" to expand our bird count numbers while the peewees and their grown-ups make bird treats to take home. This family program, for parents and children of all ages, is FREE in honor of the Great Backyard Bird Count, but preregistration is required.
Wild About Woodpeckers
Saturday, March 21, 2–3:30 p.m.
How would you like it if your tongue was so long it wrapped around the back of your skull? Or if you had to make a living by banging your head against a tree? Learn all about these hard-headed birds and make suet feeders to take home.
Duck, Duck, Goose
Friday, March 27, 2–3:30 p.m. (WCPSS traditional calendar Spring Break)
Dabblers vs. divers, bills vs. beaks–come take a "gander" at what makes waterfowl a special category of birds by comparing different kinds of birds that live in aquatic habitats. Participate in activities for learning and activities just for fun during this WCPSS traditional calendar Spring Break program for families with children ages 5 and up.