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July 2013

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Have you noticed the tiny Fowler's Toads all over Blue Jay's trails right now?  They are so tiny you have to see their movement to know they are there!

  Fowlers Toad

 

 Toads are fantastic because they literally

 "eat what bugs you."  

Click on the picture above to learn more!

 

Fall KCC

My Side of the Point 

Registration begins July 1

Using excerpts from the Jean Craighead George book My Side of the Mountain, we will learn about birds of prey, regional comparisons of plant and animal species, phenological journaling, famous naturalists and the science behind simple outdoor survival skills. Classes will meet at the Blue Jay Center for Environmental Education. 

For ages 9-12 years, class sessions are from 1-3 p.m. 
Fee: $64 for entire semester
of 8 sessions.
 
Kids Conservation Corps
is an annual natural history education series for children ages 9-12 with a new theme each year. Designed for children who are being homeschooled, this program series will meet 1-3 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month  
(*note date change in December)

  

Class Dates:

September 3 & 17
October 1 & 15
November 5 & 19 
December 3 & 10*

 

Pre-registation is required by sending in a completed

 

NOTE: We must meet a minimum enrollment of 10 participants by August 15
in order to move forward with this series.
Scout Saturday Registration begins July 1
 
Blue Jay staff really enjoys working with scout groups and their leaders in a variety of ways.  One very popular field trip option is participation in the Scout Saturday program of your choice--and program slots fill up quickly.  Beat the rush by planning for the upcoming scouting year now--registration for 2013-2014 Scout Saturdays begins July 1!  Call us at (919) 870-4330 to determine appropriate topics/dates for your particular scouting level.

 

Sign up now for July Programs!
  • Nature Stories:  Water Works
    • For ages 3-5 (with parent)
    • July 17 1-2pm or July 20 10-11am
    • $4/child/parent
  • Eco-Kids Mini-Camp: Bug-a-Boos
    • For ages 4-5 (unaccompanied)
    • July 8, 10 & 12   9-11am or 1-3pm sessions
    • $25/child  (Bug-a-Boos Mini-Camp sessions are full--let us know if you'd like your child to be added to the waiting list.
  • Family Wildlife Series: What Lies Beneath!
    • For all ages, but activities and content are most appropriate for ages 5 and up
    • Saturday, July 6, 2-3:30pm
    • $5/family
  • Family Wildlife Series: Making Waves About Water
    • For all ages, but activities and content are most appropriate for ages 5 and up
    • Saturday, July 13, 9:30-11am
    • $5/family

These programs require pre-registration.  Call (919) 870-4330 to check space availability before mailing in a completed

Program Registration Form and payment.

 

 

The Blue Jay Summer Program Directory is now available featuring programs for July-August-September 2013, including the FREE Take a Child Outside Week family programs!

 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

 

Annual Big Sweep
Saturday, October 5, 2013
9 a.m.-noon
Join ranks to help clean up the Falls Lake shoreline around Blue Jay Point. Bring a water bottle and hat. Sunscreen and your favorite brand of insect repellent is recommended. Closed-toe shoes, such as old sneakers, are a must! This is an excellent opportunity for individuals, families and youth groups (all volunteers ages 8 and up, please) to provide a great community service - pay attention, high schoolers! - call (919) 870-4330 to pre-register.
 
Upcoming Educator Workshops 
 
Monday, July 22, 2013
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 
Tuesday, August 20 and Wednesday August 21, 2013
 
Looking for Summer Adventure with your kids?  Try out the Jr. Naturalist Challenge!
 
Participate in two programs, camps, events and/or volunteer opportunities at each of seven units of Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space and you can earn an awesome daypack made out of recycled soda bottles (all the the Blue Jay staff wishes they had these daypack!).  For complete details of the Jr. Naturalist Challenge, including how to register, click here!
 
Contact us: 
 
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Road
Raleigh, NC  27614
(919) 870-4330
 
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