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. Walk-ups are not guaranteed a spot.

Is Your Mama a Llama?
Tuesday, March 12, 10:30–11 a.m.
Help Lloyd the Llama discovers what kind of animal his mama really is as he asks his other animal friends for help in this delightful book Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino.

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, with a participating parent/adult, and includes a combination of inside time and outside nature exploration. Preregistration is required for these free, 1-hour programs. Walk-ups are not guaranteed a spot.

Looking at Logs
Wednesday, March 27, 1–2 p.m.
Think about logs as being critter condos! Listen to a story that explores the world of a fallen log and complete a simple craft to take home.

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 5 years and up. Occasionally there will be a FWS program with a higher age limit – if so, it will be 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 welcome!

Preregistration is required for all Family Wildlife Series Programs unless otherwise stated. Walk-ups are not guaranteed a spot.

Nature Games
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2–3 p.m.
Join Blue Jay staff for an informal session of indoor fun and games. Try out “Animal Track Twister” or “Owl vs Rabbit.” Maybe even “Who Goes There!” to guess what animal is making that sound. Stay a little or stay awhile, but mostly – come on down!

Duck, Duck, Goose
Saturday, March 9, 2–3 p.m.
Dabblers vs. divers, bills vs. beaks – come take a "gander" at what makes waterfowl a special category of birds by comparing different kinds of birds that live in aquatic habitats. Family program for ages 5 & up.

Life in a Pretzel Jar
Saturday, March 23, 10–11 a.m.
What is an environment? Is it big or small? Can it fit in a jar? Join us to find out what is required for life as we explore life around Blue Jay and see if we really can fit life in a pretzel jar! Create a nifty terrarium to take home.

Spring Safari (at Green Hills County Park)
Tuesday, March 26, 10–11 a.m.
Discover what’s budding, bursting and growing during this springtime walk as we look for spring plants and animals. As we walk, we’ll try our hand at nature journaling to help us further explore the changing season. A great way to spend this WCPSS traditional calendar Spring Break program for families. Part of the ecoEXPLORE Botany field season. Family program for ages 5 & up.

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! Preregistration is required.

Check back for updates!

 

Allergy note: Please alert staff if you are allergic to peanuts or tree nuts, so we can make reasonable accommodations.  

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.

Project Food, Land & People
Friday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Project Food, Land & People, or FLP, is a national environmental education curriculum delivered through the Soil and Water Conservation districts. In this 6-hour workshop participants will do hands-on, interdisciplinary lessons on topics connecting people, the land we live on, natural resources and the food that sustains us.

The connections become obvious, vital links demonstrating the interdependency between healthy natural resources and a viable agricultural economy. Teachers and other adults who mold young minds take lesson plans, activities and other information back to students whose thoughts and actions will directly impact the future of our planet. FLP follows the K–12 science competencies of the NC Standard Course of Study, as set forth by the North American Association for Environmental Education.

Check out our Serious Skills of Adults for some great opportunities for Criteria II and III or Continuing Education hours.

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!

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 tee ball parking lots. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Nature Play Days are done for the season, check back in spring/summer 2024!

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.

Become a Junior Park Explorer!

Junior Park Explorer graphic

Do you like to explore parks and preserves? Do you like winning prizes? Our Junior Park Explorers program is for you! Learn more here.