Blue Jay Point Winter Open House: Go for the Gold

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Join Blue Jay Point County Park for virtual and in-person events as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of our Winter Open House! The fun will take place throughout the month of February.

In-Person, Public Programs

Feb. 5, noon–3:30 p.m. | Mini Event
Go for the Gold as you enjoy different all-outdoors, Olympic themed activities with an environmental education twist. See who can pull out the tricks in Big Air stacking or race for the finish in our Recycled Relay. Test your creativity in Nature Arts and enjoy refreshments on the covered front porch while you watch winter birds at the feeders. Space is limited, so register for one of the three, hour-long sessions early.

Session 1: noon–1 p.m.

Session 2: 1:15–2:15 p.m.

Session 3: 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. | Family Wildlife Series: Animal Olympics
Olympic athletes are considered the best in the world...but how do they hold up against their animal counterparts? Can you balance as well as a squirrel, run as fast as a cheetah, jump as high as a flea? Test out your athletic prowess in our Animal Olympics!

Register here

Virtual Programs

Jan. 25 | Tidbit Tuesday Opening Ceremonies
Check out this welcome video as we kick off the Winter Open House!

Feb. 10 at 3:30 p.m. | Family Wildlife Series: The Snowflake Man
Like the frozen crystals he studied, ‘Snowflake’ Bentley was one of a kind. Learn how Wilson Bentley was not your average explorer, and find out how snowflakes form. We’ll then create our own nature themed snowflakes to put up around your home.

Register here

Week of Feb. 13 | Storytime
Be on the lookout for a new, pre-recorded storytime to drop on our Facebook page the week of Feb 13th. You won’t want to miss “Tacky and the Winter Games,” by Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger. 

And Tacky and his fellow penguins have to work hard to get in shape so they can represent Team Nice Icy Land in the athletic competitions. After rigorous training, they're ready - but are the games ready for Tacky? Will his antics keep Team Nice Icy Land from winning a medal? From bobsledless racing and ski jumping to speed skating, Tacky lends his unique, exuberant style to each competition. 

Self-Guided Activities

Feb. 5–27 | It Takes a Village Food Drive
Help others in our community by donating food and household supplies to benefit the Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina. You can find the donation bin near at the Education Center. View a list of most needed items here.

Feb. 1–28 | StoryWalk®
Enjoy a stroll as you read “Max and Marla,” by Alexandra Boiger. Max and Marla are best friends. And aspiring Olympians! With their eyes on the prize, they know exactly what it’ll take to reach sledding success: preparation, practice and perseverance. So when rusty blades, strong winds and difficult slopes get in their way, Max and Marla realize true joy lies not in winning but in friendship. Obstacles turn into victories!

Found on the Laurel Loop Trail located near the playground. This path is short, mulched and has some changes of terrain. Weather depending, rain will cancel.