Blue Jay Point County Park Hosts Free Nature Fun Feb. 4

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Looking for some outdoor fun with the kids this weekend? Blue Jay Point County Park, in Raleigh, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a Winter Open House event that features free activities, hot cocoa and cake from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4.

Located on the shores of Falls Lake in northern Wake County. The park’s mission is to promote environmental learning, and over the years, whenever my kids have toured the park’s education center for a day trip or stayed at the lodge during school trips, they’ve always returned home excited about what they learned.

This Saturday, ¬†you can take part in “The Amazing Place”-an all-weather adventure similar to “The Amazing Race”-where you follow clues to learn about the 236-acre park. Catch the Blue Jay Express train from the education center to the lodge, and if you’re among the families to finish all the activities, a prize will be waiting for you. Also, the first 50 families at the Blue Jay Education Center at 1 p.m. will receive a Blue Jay tote bag made out of recyled bottles and permission to skip one challenge of your choosing. You’ll also get the first slices of anniversary cake!

Here’s a look at some of the activities in store for kids:

  • Make animal-shaped snowflakes
  • Toast marshmallows at the campfire
  • Tour Blue Jay’s Lodge
  • Take a walk on the new boardwalk
  • Make a pinecone bird feeder
  • Dipnet in the Blue Jay Pond
  • Enjoy hot cocoa & anniversary cake

Besides the fun activities, families who attend the event will also gain a sense of the history of the park’s educational outreach to the community, says Park manager Deborah Robertson that stretches over generations. Last year, for example, a visiting teacher took her class to the park and shared a memory of touring the park when she was a 5th grader.

The park is located at 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, and you can call (919) 870-4330 or visit for more information.

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