Wake County Government
December 2012


 Your opinions matter!


Thanks to all who emailed their ideas for "getting the word out" at Blue Jay.   Jeevan Ramakrishnan

is the winner of the random drawing for a $25 gift certifcate good for educational programs at

Blue Jay. 


Blue Jay


Blue Jay will be closed

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day


New Years Day


 Blue Jay staff warmly wishes everyone a wonderful

holiday season  with time to enjoy life's simple blessings

and the

beauty of each quiet moment.





























Sign up now for these December Programs!
  • Nature Stories: Nature Neighbors  for ages 3-5 (with parent)
    • Learn about the activities of our winter animal neighbors and make a special treat to invite them to your yard.
    • Wednesday, December 12 1-2pm or 
    • Saturday, December 15  10-11am
    • $4 per child/parent.  Pre-registration is required


  •  Eco-Kids Mini-Camp: Winter Wildlife Profiles  for ages 4-5
    • Discover what makes beaver, squirrel and white-tailed deer so interesting. We will spend a day on each of these local mammals, learning their habitat requirements, their place in the food web, and the way they "make their living" through stories, crafts, thematic snacks and a lot of fun activities.
    • December 3, 5 & 7   1-3pm 
    • $25/child (for all 3 sessions)


  •  Nature Crafts: Holiday Habitat Helpers  for ages 6-8
    • Attract winter wildlife to your backyard by providing or improving their habitat. Create outdoor decorations and crafts that are beneficial to wildlife.
    • Saturday, December 8, 1-3pm
    • $8/child


These programs require pre-registration. 

Call (919) 870-4330 to check space availability before

mailing in a completed Program Registration Form

and payment.


Descriptions of the above programs (and more!)

are available in printable format-- 

 Blue Jay Fall Program Directory



Have you ever noticed the fresh aroma of evergreen trees on Blue Jay's trails in the wintertime?  Holiday trees are chipped into mulch and spread on our trails--reminding us of the holidays well into March!  Drop off your undecorated holiday trees at designated locations from December 26, 2012, until January 20, 2013 including Blue Jay Point, Lake Crabtree and Harris Lake.



Remember to recycle your holiday waste! Check the website for all the materials that you can recycle at Convenience Centers and Multi-material Recycling Facilities.  For drop off locations and hours, please visit the website:http://www.wakegov.com/recycling/division/Pages/happytrails.aspx 


Upcoming Adult Educator Workshops:
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Homeschool series begins January 8th--sign up NOW!
 Nature in Your Own Backyard
Kids Conservation Corps (KCC)
for ages 6-8
Learn how to create a wildlife sanctuary in your own backyard! Participants will find out how to recognize and incorporate basic habitat components close to home as they learn about native animal and plant species requirements.  We will conduct evaluations on our backyards and create a how-to blueprint for habitat success.
Learn how we can positively influence some of the challenges faced by natural habitats, including air and water quality, and invasive species-all of this while engaging in hands-on activities, educational games and collaborative projects. Participants can act on what they have learned and apply for a Wildlife Habitat Certification on the National Registry of Backyard Wildlife Habitat (fee involved), or simply feel rewarded for having done a good deed for wildlife.


Fee: $64 for entire semester of (8) 2 hour sessions. 


NOTE: We must meet a minimum enrollment of 10 participants by December 15 in order to move forward with this series.


Spring Kids Conservation Corps is an annual natural history education series for children ages 6-8 with a new theme each year. Designed for children who are being homeschooled, this program series will meet from 1-3 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month. $64/participant.


Class Dates:
January 8 & 22
February 12 & 26
March 12 & 26
April 9 & 23



Blue Jay Point is very pleased to be a part of Park Geek's Passport Challenge. The Passport Challenge is a fun family scavenger hunt across the Triangle's parks and recreation centers. The Passport Challenge is out there for the Park Geek in you. Take the Challenge to visit as many of the featured events, parks, and venues between now and New Years Day. Each week the ParkGeek.com newsletter will announce the featured events and venues. Visit and log your participation to see who is the greatest Park Geek as well as discover what the Triangle has to offer. For more information, visit the Park Geek website or register  for the challenge.

Contact us: 
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Road
Raleigh, NC  27614
(919) 870-4330
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