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Blue Jay Point offers a variety of programs, including many workshops for NC Environmental Education Certification or CEU credits! See the Public Programs page or the current Blue Jay Flyer for upcoming Adult workshops and classes. To register, contact the Blue Jay Center for Environmental Education at: 919-870-4330 or by emailing.

Blue Jay also offers many field trip opportunities for both traditional classroom and homeschool groups. For grade-specific information, please see below:

Preschool        Kindergarten       1st Grade        2nd Grade   

         3rd Grade       4th Grade       5th Grade      6th Grade

                        Middle School     High School

 
There are four options available for planning an environmental education field trip to Blue Jay Point. Reservations are required for all programs, field trips, and materials. Please see the Field Trip Facts sheet for more information on program options & fees and scheduling a field trip.

  1. General Group Visit – Teachers prepare and lead the activities or secure services of a non-park specialist to present their program. No staff-led services are included with this option. Notice of large group trips 75 people is appreciated. We have tips to help make your trip a success!

  2. Discovery Box/Resource Loan – This includes in-park use of reserved Discovery Boxes written activity instructions plus necessary equipment , library resources and miscellaneous equipment. No staff-led program services are included in this option. Reservation of materials is required.

  3. Group Program – This option includes services of Blue Jay Point staff conducting a one-hour nature program. Single-grade programs are for a typical class size, with one chaperone per five children. Multi-age programs 5–8 years, 9–12 years, and 13 and up are for available for groups of 15 or less, with one chaperone per five children. Please see our Group Programs list for program topic descriptions and see below for suggestions for your grade-level plus curriculum correlations. Contact staff to schedule a program at least two months in advance and up to one year in advance. Use of a Blue Jay classroom is limited to program time only as determined by program leader.

  4. Overnight Lodge – This option includes overnight use of the Lodge, library resources, Discovery Boxes and equipment, as available. No staff-led program services are included, though you are welcome to schedule guided programs during your stay please see above. Please read the following for more information about our Overnight Lodge facility. 
 

Recommendations by Grade Level

Preschool
The following information may be useful to you in planning a field trip to Blue Jay Point:

  1. Field Trip Facts sheet – information on field trip options and scheduling procedures.
  2. Fledglings Program sheet – series of group programs designed for preschool and kindergarten-aged children, just ready to learn about the natural world. Here is a special flier about Winter Field Trips for Preschoolers!
  3. Junior Discovery Box list – ready-to-go activity boxes especially appropriate for children in grades K–2.
  4. Sample day-trip agenda– a day in the life of a visiting preschool class or classes.
  5. Map to Blue Jay Point

Please call us to reserve group programs or Discovery Boxes. We begin taking reservations one year in advance, so the earlier the better!!

Kindergarten
The following information may be useful to you in planning a field trip to Blue Jay Point:

  1. Field Trip Facts sheet – information on field trip options and scheduling procedures.
  2. Fledglings Program sheet – series of group programs designed for preschool and kindergarten-aged children, just ready to learn about the natural world – choose staff-led programs from this list for Fall semester (July–December) kindergarten field trips to Blue Jay Point. 
  3. Group Programs sheet – list of staff-led programs available at Blue Jay Point; the following programs are some that are especially suited to Spring semester (January–June) kindergarten field trips to Blue Jay Point
    • Nature's Puzzle – Learn a potpourri of subjects from plant ID to habitat concepts to bird watching and more. Help students feel comfortable in an outdoor setting and give them a chance to use their observation skills while they learn how all the pieces of Nature's puzzle fit together.
    • Incredible Insects – Through a variety of activities and a garden walk, learn what makes an insect an insect, how they grow and where we can find them. (January–April) OR
    • Field Follies – Search grassy edges of the park with a sweep net looking for the amazing variety of insects that live there. (May–June)
    • Pond Study – Learn about aquatic insects and other animals, how to identify them, and how they make their living in a watery world.
  4. Curriculum Correlation sheet– a full listing of our group programs with their NC DPI curriculum correlations for K–5.
  5. Junior Discovery Box list – ready-to-go activity boxes especially appropriate for children in grades K–2.
  6. Sample day-trip agenda – a day in the life of a visiting Kindergarten class or classes.
  7. Map to Blue Jay Point

Please call us to reserve group programs or Discovery Boxes. We begin taking reservations one year in advance, so the earlier the better!!

First Grade
The following information may be useful to you in planning a field trip to Blue Jay Point:

  1. Field Trip Facts sheet – information on field trip options and scheduling procedures.
  2. Group Programs sheet – list of staff-led programs available at Blue Jay Point; the following programs are some that are especially suited to your curriculum:
    • Habitat Hike – Learn about interrelationships between plants and animals as we search for the components of habitat.
    • Nature's Puzzle – Learn a potpourri of subjects from plant ID to habitat concepts to bird watching and more. Help students feel comfortable in an outdoor setting and give them a chance to use their observation skills while they learn how all the pieces of Nature's puzzle fit together.
    • Bird Buddies – Learn what “makes a bird a bird” and then get outside as we watch for and listen to the birds. Explore bird behaviors and habitat needs as we move through a variety of habitats
  3. Curriculum Correlation sheet – a full listing of our group programs with their NC DPI curriculum correlations for K–5.
  4. Junior Discovery Box list – ready-to-go activity boxes especially appropriate for children in grades K–2.
  5. Sample day-trip agenda – a day in the life of a visiting first-grade class or classes.
  6. Map to Blue Jay Point

Please call us to reserve group programs or Discovery Boxes. We begin taking reservations one year in advance, so the earlier the better!!
 
Second Grade
The following information may be useful to you in planning a field trip to Blue Jay Point:

  1. Field Trip Facts sheet – information on field trip options and scheduling procedures.
  2. Group Programs sheet – list of staff-led programs available at Blue Jay Point; the following programs are some that are especially suited to your curriculum:
    • Incredible Insects – Through a variety of activities and a garden walk, learn what makes an insect an insect, how they grow and where we can find them. (year-round) OR
    • Field Follies – Search grassy edges of the park with a sweep net looking for the amazing variety of insects that live there. (mid-May–mid-October)
    • Amphibian Antics - Explore the characteristics of amphibians as we search our pond for amphibian adults and larvae.
    • Pond Study – Learn about aquatic insects and other animals, how to identify them, and how they make their living in a watery world
  3. Curriculum Correlation sheet – a full listing of our group programs with their NC DPI curriculum correlations for K–5.
  4. Junior Discovery Box list – ready-to-go activity boxes especially appropriate for children in grades K–2.
  5. Sample day-trip agenda – a day in the life of a visiting second-grade class or classes.
  6. Map to Blue Jay Point

Please call us to reserve group programs or Discovery Boxes. We begin taking reservations one year in advance, so the earlier the better!!
 
Third Grade
The following information may be useful to you in planning a field trip to Blue Jay Point:

  1. Field Trip Facts sheet – information on field trip options and scheduling procedures.
  2. Group Programs sheet – list of staff-led programs available at Blue Jay Point; the following programs are some that are especially suited to your curriculum:
    • The Rotten Truth – Explore the component of soil from minerals and decaying organic matter to the tiny organisms that make humus happen in this hike-based program with a hand-on investigation.
    • Pollination Mayhem – Did you know that one of every 3 bites of food you take is thanks to a pollinator? Come learn about this important plant and animal interaction as we explore  pollinators and actively learn through Pollination Mayhem
    • Tree-mendous Trees – Through role-playing, activities and a journey into the woods, discover the inner workings of a tree, tree life cycles and the physical characteristics of common tree species. Learn how animals and  humans use different parts of the tree, and who here at Blue Jay calls a tree home.
  3. Curriculum Correlation sheet – a full listing of our group programs with their NC DPI curriculum correlations for K–5.
  4. Discovery Box list – ready-to-go activity boxes to use in the park.
  5. Sample day-trip agenda – a day in the life of a visiting third-grade class or classes.
  6. Map to Blue Jay Point
Please call us to reserve group programs or Discovery Boxes. We begin taking reservations one year in advance, so the earlier the better!!
  

Fourth Grade
The following information may be useful to you in planning a field trip to Blue Jay Point:

  1. Field Trip Facts sheet – information on field trip options and scheduling procedures.
  2. Group Programs sheet – list of staff-led programs available at Blue Jay Point; the following programs are some that are especially suited to your curriculum:
    • Remarkable Raptors – Appreciate the unique niche of day- and night-time raptors with this informative mostly indoor but very interactive program about birds-of-prey adaptations and behavior.
    • Piedmont Ecology – Learn about piedmont ecology, including plant and animal interrelationships, while focusing on ecological succession in this hike-based program.
    • It's Neuse to Me! – Learn what a watershed is, about runoff and erosion, why watersheds are important to us, and how human interaction affects water quality through point source and non-point source pollution (and prevention). Learn about your ecological address!
  3. Curriculum Correlation sheet – a full listing of our group programs with their curriculum correlations for K–5. 
  4. Discovery Box list – ready-to-go activity boxes especially appropriate for children in grades K–5.
  5. Sample day-trip agenda – a day in the life of a visiting fourth-grade class or classes.
  6. Overnight Lodge – information on our overnight Lodge 
  7. Sample Overnight Lodge agenda – a night in the life of a visiting fourth-grade class
  8. Map to Blue Jay Point 

Please call us to reserve group programs or Discovery Boxes. We begin taking reservations one year in advance, so the earlier the better!!


Fifth Grade
Blue Jay has numerous field trip options, from Discovery Boxes, to group programs, to overnight Lodge stays. Special info for WCPSS 5th-Grade Teachers!

The following information may be useful to any fifth-grade teacher in planning a field trip to Blue Jay Point:

  1. Field Trip Facts sheet – information on field trip options and scheduling procedures.
  2. Group Programs sheet – list of staff-led programs available at Blue Jay Point; the following programs are some that are especially suited to your curriculum:
    • Piedmont Communities Hike – Discover the history of the piedmont area and how people's use of the land has changed over time. Learn about he connection between people, plants, and animals in this hike-based program.
    • Pond Study – Learn about aquatic insects and other animals, how to identify them and how they make their living in a watery world—focus is on a pond ecosystem.
    • Habitat Hike – Learn about interrelationships between plants and animals and their environment as we visit three prominent piedmont habitats.
  3. Curriculum Correlation sheet – a full listing of our group programs with their curriculum correlations for K–5.
  4. Discovery Box list – ready-to-go activity boxes to use in the park.
  5. Sample day-trip agenda – a day in the life of a visiting fifth-grade class or classes.
  6. Overnight Lodge – information on our overnight Lodge
  7. Sample Overnight Lodge agenda – a night in the life of a visiting fifth-grade class
  8. Map to Blue Jay Point

Please call us to reserve the Lodge, group programs or Discovery Boxes. We begin taking reservations one year in advance, so the earlier the better!!

 

Sixth Grade
Blue Jay has numerous Sixth Grade field trip options, from Discovery Boxes, to group programs, to overnight Lodge stays. 

The following information may be useful to any sixth-grade teacher in planning a field trip to Blue Jay Point:
  1. Field Trip Facts sheet – information on field trip options and scheduling procedures.
  2. Recommended 6th Grade Group Programs sheet, including curriculum correlations and recommended Discovery Boxes to go with each staff-led group program available at Blue Jay Point 
  3. Sample 6th Grade Day Field Trip schedules (second page) – a day in the life of a visiting sixth-grade class or classes.
  4. Overnight Lodge – information on our overnight Lodge
  5. Sample Overnight Lodge agenda for Sixth-Grader – a night in the life of a visiting sixth-grade class
  6. Map to Blue Jay Point
Please call us to reserve the Lodge, group programs or Discovery Boxes. We begin taking reservations one year in advance, so the earlier the better!!

Middle School (see above for special 6th grade info)

The following information may be useful to you in planning a field trip to Blue Jay Point:

  1. Field Trip Facts sheet – information on field trip options and scheduling procedures. 
  2. Group Programs sheet – list of staff-led programs available at Blue Jay Point. 
  3. Secondary Level programs – these programs are specifically designed for groups studying biology, ecology and environmental science.
  4. Middle & High School Discovery Box list – ready-to-go activity boxes to use in the park, most suitable for older students.
  5. Sample day-trip agenda – a day in the life of a visiting middle school class or classes.
  6. Overnight Lodge – information on our overnight Lodge
  7. Sample overnight trip agenda – a night in the life of a visiting school class
  8. Map to Blue Jay Point

Please call us to reserve group programs or Discovery Boxes. We begin taking reservations one year in advance, so the earlier the better!!


High School

The following information may be useful to you in planning a field trip to Blue Jay Point:

  1. Field Trip Facts sheet – information on field trip options and scheduling procedures.
  2. Group Programs sheet – list of staff-led programs available at Blue Jay Point.
  3. Secondary Level programs – these programs are specifically designed for groups studying biology, ecology and environmental science.
  4. Middle & High School Discovery Box list – ready-to-go activity boxes to use in the park, most suitable for older students.
  5. Sample day-trip agenda – a day in the life of a visiting high school class or classes.
  6. Overnight Lodge – information on our overnight Lodge
  7. Sample overnight trip agenda – a night in the life of a visiting school class
  8. Map to Blue Jay Point

Please call us to reserve group programs or Discovery Boxes. We begin taking reservations one year in advance, so the earlier the better!!