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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Tricky TracksSaturday, Jan. 30, 2–3:30 p.m.
Come dressed for the weather so you can roam the park learning the fine art of "tracking." Make a bandana Track Guide for your family to take home!
Winter Open House
Saturday, Feb. 6, 1–4 p.m.
Habitat – another word for HOME! Many participants in Blue Jay’s school programs can tell you all about the components of "habitat" – food, water, shelter, space and air. We need those things, too, and the place we (and other animals) get them is called our home. Join us as we celebrate Habitat and all its parts – something for all ages! Dip net in the pond, learn about the importance of water quality and some unique aquatic environments, try your hand at air painting or a take a StoryWalk™, and play a game to celebrate space. Have fun and talk to our agency exhibitors about important things that improve OUR habitat. This is a great FREE winter Saturday outing with a combination of indoor and outdoor activities for families, scout groups, and adults. Enjoy games, hikes, activities, crafts, displays and refreshments. For more information about Blue Jay's Winter Open House or to volunteer to help with the fun, call 919-870-4330. No preregistration needed for this FREE family event.
Owl ProwlFriday, Feb. 12, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Venture into the night on a Blue Jay hike. Learn about owl habits and adaptations as we listen for these nocturnal birds. This family program is for ages 5 and up.
Counting is for the BirdsMonday, Feb. 15, 10–11 a.m.
Join Blue Jay staff to hear a bird story (or two), try a fun bird activity (or three) as part of the Great Backyard Bird Count on this Teacher Workday Monday. Older participants will take a short hike and practice bird count data collection, while younger participants will count how many different kinds of birds we can see from Blue Jay's front porch. Everyone who wishes can make a peanut butter suet feeder to take home. This program is FREE, in honor of the Great Backyard Bird Count, but preregistration is required.
Spring Daze HikeSaturday, March 19, 2–3:30 p.m.
Learn about the signs that spring is just about to pop as we hike Blue Jay's trails looking for wildflowers, animal activity, budding trees and more. This family program is for ages 5 and up.
Green LivingMonday, March 28, 1–2:30 p.m.
Spring is coming, and the world is greening around us. Learn what plants need to live as you plant seeds for a salsa garden to take home in recycled containers.