Blue Jay Point Public Programs

An instructor and family dip netting at the Blue Jay Study Pond
The Study Pond features in many of our public programs.

Blue Jay Point County Park offers programs covering history, nature and recreational topics. Public programs are open for registration to the general public.

Nature Peekers

Preschool aged kids making a dinosaur skeleton out of cardboard tubes on the brick patio in front of the Education Center
Cardboards tubes make great dinosaur bones!

A monthly program series for very young children ages 18 months–3 years (and their grown-ups!) where we listen to a story, practice developmentally appropriate skills, interact with other youngsters and enjoy nature outside whenever possible.  Preregistration is required for these free 30 minute programs.

I Love Spiders 
Tuesday, September 7, 10-10:30am 
Subject of nursery rhymes and tales, spiders are cool!  Join staff to read I love Spiders by John Parker, sing a spider song and pretend to BE a spider before taking a short walk to mist spider webs and to see who’s home.  Register here

Fall Leaves Fall 
Tuesday, October 12, 10-10:30am 
Fall is a magical time at Blue Jay—the shady green woods become full of all kinds of different colors!  We’ll read Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall and work on our colors and sizes before taking a short walk to enjoy the trees. Register here

Please note this is an in-person program, meet on the front porch of the Education Center.

Preregistration is required and no walk ups will be accepted. In order to keep participants and staff as safe as possible, we ask that you:
*Stay home if you’re not feeling well.
* Adhere to social distancing guidelines by sitting at designated seats and/or tables.
* When possible, avoid sharing supplies with people from different households.
* Alert staff immediately if you start to feel ill during programming.

Participants are encouraged to continue to follow the three Ws—wash your hands often, wear a face covering and wait six feet apart—while participating in park programs.

Nature Stories

Kids looking for small living things under a rotten log
You can find an amazing secret world under a rotting log.

Nature Stories is a 1-hour program for children ages 3–6 years with a participating parent and includes a combination of inside time and outside nature exploration. Preregistration is required for these free, 1 hour programs.

Crowing for Joy
Thursday, September 30, 10-11am 
How can you tell the difference between an American Crow and a Fish Crow? Lots of Blue Jay kids can tell you that, but you have to join us to learn the secret. Join us for an hour of amazing crow facts, stories and activities that will help you appreciate this large bird. Part of Take a Child Outside Week (TACO). Register here

Nature Colors & Shapes 
Friday, October 22, 10-11am 
Mother Nature is dressed in an amazing array of colors and shapes. Let’s go for a hike and see how many we can find!  Register here

Please note this is an in-person program, meet on the front porch of the Education Center.

Preregistration is required and no walk ups will be accepted. In order to keep participants and staff as safe as possible, we ask that you:
*Stay home if you’re not feeling well.
* Adhere to social distancing guidelines by sitting at designated seats and/or tables.
* When possible, avoid sharing supplies with people from different households.
* Alert staff immediately if you start to feel ill during programming.

Participants are encouraged to continue to follow the three Ws—wash your hands often, wear a face covering and wait six feet apart—while participating in park programs.

Family Wildlife Series

Animal pictures made out of colorful fall leaves
Animal inspired leaf collages

Family Wildlife Series (FWS) programs are usually open to all ages, although information and activities are most appropriate for ages 5yr. and up. Occasionally there will be a FWS program with a higher age limit it 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.

Milkweed Magic 
Saturday, September 4, 10-11am 
Come explore the milkweed patch!  Learn about this amazing native plant and meet some of the fascinating creatures that live there. Register here

Sly as a Fox 
Saturday, September 25, 10-11am 
Foxes figure prominently in fables and legends.  Come learn how foxes earned their reputation and find out what foxes are up to this time of year! Part of Take a Child Outside Week (TACO). Register here

Afternoon Canoe 
Saturday, October 2, 4-6pm 
Join staff for a fall afternoon paddle around the lake. We'll explore the lake shoreline in search of herons, osprey, and other wildlife. As we paddle we'll discover how Falls Lake was created and how people use it today.    

This program is for ages 7yrs. and up. Each canoe is limited to two or three people (at least one of the three must be a child). An adult is required in each canoe. Canoes and lifejackets are provided by Blue Jay Point County Park. Register here

Eeek-O-Lanterns   
Saturday, October 30, 10-11am 
Learn about fall fruits of all kinds (and who eats them!). Then create Jack-O-Lanterns from pumpkins to take home and learn how to recycle them when they’re all done. Register here 

Please note these are an in-person program, meet on the front porch of the Education Center.

Preregistration is required and no walk ups will be accepted. In order to keep participants and staff as safe as possible, we ask that you:
*Stay home if you’re not feeling well.
* Adhere to social distancing guidelines by sitting at designated seats and/or tables.
* When possible, avoid sharing supplies with people from different households.
* Alert staff immediately if you start to feel ill during programming.

Participants are encouraged to continue to follow the three Ws—wash your hands often, wear a face covering and wait six feet apart—while participating in park programs.

Serious Skills for Adults

Adult workshop participant looking for spiders and small insects in a beat sheet
ID'ing spiders caught in a beat sheet.

Whether you are an outdoor buff wanting to hone your skills, or a dabbler who would just like to try something new, come hang with the Blue Jay staff and work on some Serious Skills! Criteria II or III or CEU credit may be available for participants in the NC EE Certification Program, depending on the session. Preregistration is required for all SSA sessions. SSA session topics run the gamut from Field ID workshops to Eco-Crafts and Upcycling!

Please check back for future SSA sessions!  In the meantime, please visit our Blue Jay from Home page for digital jigsaw puzzles and short educational videos that are definitely adult-worthy!

Educator Workshops

Adult workshop participants participating in a small group discussion inside a classroom in the Blue Jay Center for Environmental Education
Educator Workshops combine group discussion with field skills.

Blue Jay Point offers a variety of adult programs, including a number of workshops for NC Environmental Education Certification or CEU credits.

Please check back for future Educator workshops! In the meantime, please visit our Blue Jay from Home page for digital jigsaw puzzles and short educational videos that are definitely adult-worthy!

 

Nature Play Days

Children using thematic "loose parts" in a natural play area during a Nature Play Day
Nature Play Day participants hard at play!


Wednesday, September 15 10am-12pm
Theme: Fairies & Gnomes

Adults with young children are invited to come to Blue Jay for summertime monthly thematic Nature Play Days taking place in Blue Jay’s Natural Play Area. The focus will be on free play, which means having self-guided activities with no start and end time and flow from kids' creativity. Education staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide guidance. Materials and activities are planned for 3–7-year-olds, but younger children are welcome to attend.  Meet in the Natural Play Area – follow the wooden signs from either the playground or t-ball parking lots. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

A Nature Play Day at Blue Jay is a free, walk-up activity from 10 a.m.–noon and requires no preregistration. If the weather seems uncertain, check our Facebook page or call 919-870-4330 before coming to make sure the Nature Play Day is still happening.