EBB_Nest.jpgFamily Wildlife Series programs are usually open to all ages, although information and activities are most appropriate for ages 5 and up. Occasionally there will be a FWS program with an age limit of 5 and up and will be so indicated in the description. All members of the family in attendance must be registered to attend the program – if you are unable to register a family member, either the size limit of the class has been reached or that child does not meet the age limit to attend. Don't forget – kids are not required to attend – individual adults are welcomed! Preregistration is required for all Family Wildlife Series Programs unless otherwise stated.

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Family Wildlife Series programs are usually open to all ages, although information and activities are most appropriate for ages 5 and up. Occasionally there will be a FWS program with an age limit of 5 and up and will be so indicated in the description. All members of the family in attendance must be registered to attend the program – if you are unable to register a family member, either the size limit of the class has been reached or that child does not meet the age limit to attend. Don't forget – kids are not required to attend – individual adults are welcomed! Preregistration is required for all Family Wildlife Series Programs unless otherwise stated.
 
 
Owl Prowl
Saturday, Jan. 18, 6–7:15 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 adventure is for families with kids ages 5 and up.
 
Tricky Tracks
Saturday, Jan. 25, 10–11 a.m.
Come dressed for the weather so you can roam the park learning the fine art of “tracking.” Make a cast of an animal track to take home.
 
Blue Jay's Winter Open House "It Takes a Village"
Saturday, Feb. 1, 1–4 p.m.
Come to our winter family festival to learn how one person’s actions joined with the actions of others can add up and make a difference to our planet. Registration is not required and more lots more information is available here!  
 
Counting is for the Birds
Monday, Feb. 17, 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 FREE program is in honor of the Great Backyard Bird Count, but preregistration is required.
 
Oh Deer!
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2–3 p.m.
Are you seeing more deer in your backyard? North Carolina’s skyrocketing deer population is causing area residents to see more of these once elusive animals. Come and learn about deer ecology and their amazing ability to adapt to a changing North Carolina.
 
Spring Daze Hike
Monday, March 9, 10–11 a.m.
Learn about the signs that spring is about to pop as we hike Blue Jay’s trails looking for wildflowers, animal activity, budding trees and more. Family Program (ages 5+)
 
Green Living
Saturday, March 14, 10–11 a.m.
Spring is almost here 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.

3rd Annual Great Blue Jay Nature Hunt
Monday, April 6, 1–2:30 p.m.
Take part in the 3rd Annual Great Blue Jay Nature Hunt. Pick up your search list, learn how to navigate the park and then head out to find and photograph designated items throughout the park (e.g., "take a pic of a tree shorter than you.") Document your successes on your smartphone – you are encouraged to use Google and apps on your phone to look up info and ID plants and animals before submitting photos of your 10 best finds for points. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Adults (16 and over), Families w/kids average age 9 & up, and Families w/ kids average age 8 & under (some item locations are stroller-friendly). Hunt starts at the Education Center. Happy Hunting! This family event is part of the NC Science Festival and preregistration is recommended, as it will speed up your sign-in process at the Hunt. Please arrive 15 minutes early to sign in if you have NOT preregistered.