Wake County Government

July 2014

Blue Jay 

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 2014-2015 Scout Saturdays begins July 1!  Call us at (919) 870-4330 to determine appropriate topics/dates for your particular scouting level.


NEW section of Forest Detectives
for ages 6-8
July 14, 16 & 18 
1 p.m.-4 p.m. 
more info

Fowlers Toad

Trail Work Volunteers needed!

  Do you love to do trail work?  Help us and our great partners at REI celebrate National Trails Day in July! We need volunteers to help spread mulch and repair parts of the trails surrounding the park! In exchange for getting sweaty, REI will provide free tee shirts! You must register for this workday through REI

Saturday, July 17


 Click here for info about Wake County Parks Instagram Photo Contest.  We'd love to see your photos taken 

at Blue Jay!

Wondering what kind of Volunteer Help 

we need at Blue Jay?   

We need the donation of a "used but usable" VHS player.  Blue Jay has a great collection of natural history tapes that are not available in DVD or Blu-ray format, but we need a player for them to be usable. 


   Sign up now for these programs:
Nature Stories:  Beaver Fever 
(for ages 3-5 & grown-up)
Wednesday, July 2 1-2 p.m.  or 
Saturday, July 5 10-11 a.m.
$4 per child/parent


Blue Jay Point's busy beavers are always on the go. Find out what they're up to! We'll read a beaver story and sing a beaver song and make a beaver puppet to take home. 
Catch the fever! 
Family Wildlife Series:  Leapin' Lizards
Saturday, July 14  9:30-11 a.m.  
(all ages welcome, most appropriate for 5 & up)
Are lizards really dinosaurs in miniature? Learn the answer to this, plus other interesting facts about our local lizards while lurking and looking around for lizards and laboring on a lizard craft!



Family Wildlife Series: Family Forest Hike
Saturday, July 21  9:30-11 a.m. 
(all ages welcome, most appropriate for 5 & up)
Join staff for a leisurely hike along our trails while learning how to identify plants, insects, birds and any other critters that happen along our path (not stroller accessible, so baby backpacks if needed!)



You can find all of our public program listings for July through September here, or you can pick up a paper copy at the Education Center or Playground Comfort Station.


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

mailing in a completed Program Registration Form and payment for programs.

 Early sign-up gives BJP staff a chance to prepare 

and ensures that programs aren't canceled 

due to low enrollment!


Fall Homeschool Opportunity!  
Teen Conservation Corps 
Naturalist Skills Series 
for ages 11-15
Join other homeschoolers aged 11-15 as we work on developing skills needed to become a naturalist. Each session will include a combination of classroom activities and field activities, and the skills introduced in each session will be practiced in subsequent meetings. Click on the picture above for more information!
Upcoming Adult Educator Workshops:   

Saturday, August 16, 2014
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Facilitated by NC Wildlife Resources educator Cecilia King, this 6-hour workshop introduces participants to the free Aquatic WILD K-12 educator guide. The workshop is similar to the N.C. WILD Basic workshop, except there is a focus on aquatics. The N.C. WILD Aquatic workshops are open to all interested educators, including classroom teachers, environmental educators, resource agency staff, park personnel, college students and faculty, and youth leaders. Bring a bag lunch.  This 6-hour workshop counts as a Criteria I workshop in the NC Environmental Education Certification Program.   Adult Workshop. FREE, but preregistration is required.  For more information, call 919-870-4330 or e-mail bluejaypoint@wakegov.com.
Adult program. FREE but preregistration is required by emailing bluejaypoint@wakegov.com with the following information:  Name, "day-of" phone number, audience served, organization represented.
Tuesday, August 19, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. 
(bring a bag dinner and drink)  
Wednesday, August 20, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  
(bring a bag dinner and drink) 

The focus of this 10 hour workshop is to prepare participants from a variety of educational backgrounds and experiences in both the formal and non-formal sectors to use exemplary Environmental Education teaching methods.  Participants will learn about a variety of teaching techniques, methods and instructional strategies; and the workshop will include multiple interactive components.  This is a required workshop for all NC Environmental Education Certification candidates.  Note:  you must have completed and received credit for the Basics of Environmental Education 10 hour Independent Study http://www.eenorthcarolina.org/certification--basics--course-materials.html before enrolling in the workshop.  Anyone who hasn't completed Basics of EE will be placed on a waiting list.  


Adult program. FREE but preregistration is required by emailing bluejaypoint@wakegov.com with the following information:  Name, "day-of" phone number, audience served, organization represented.  

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