Alligator River/Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
P. O. Box 1969
Manteo, North Carolina 27954

Contact: Bonnie Strawser - 252-473-1131

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News Release

April 6, 2009

Celebrate National Environmental Education Week During Spring Break April 13-17

If you’re looking for something to do with your family during spring break this month, why not take time to discover all the wonders of nature at your national wildlife refuges? National Environmental Education Week coincides with spring break this year, so you can head out to one or more of the FREE special programs being offered on Alligator River and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges. These programs are a great way to have fun and learn at the same time for both locals and visitors to the Outer Banks. In addition to joining in the special programs, it's a great opportunity to take some time and just go exploring as a family. The time you invest today will provide dividends in the future: for wildlife and your child!

At Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 from 9:00 am– 10:00 am AND 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
What’s Eating You?
Who drilled that hole in the clamshell you saw yesterday? Why do some barnacles spend their lives standing on their heads? Can this creature really push its stomach out through its mouth to digest food? Learn the unique habits sea critters use to survive. Meet at the Pea Island visitor center. A short hike across the dunes will be included.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 from 9:00 am– 10:00 am AND 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
Beach Scavenger Hunt
Our scavenger hunt will include identifying the types of marine debris on the beach. Learn what different types of plastic and other debris find their way to the refuge. Where does all this come from? How can litter be a danger to animals? Are there any endangered animals that are affected by the litter? What can we do? Participants must be prepared to get wet to the ankles; no bare feet; adequate clothing and sun block required. Meet at the Pea Island visitor center. We will be walking across the road to the beachfront.

At Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Thursday, April 16 from 9:00 am– 10:00 am AND 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
Who Goes There?
Clues are everywhere, but what does the evidence tell us? Join refuge staff on an investigative trek down Creef Cut Wildlife Trail to discover the variety of species using this trail. Tracks and scat will be identified. Maybe you’ll spot an animal that left the track behind!
Meet at the Creef Cut Wildlife Trail parking lot on Route 64 and Milltail Road .

Registration is required for these FREE programs. Contact Cindy Heffley at 252-987-1118 or 252-475-4180 for more information or to register.

Over ten turtles crowd together on a log above the water.
These yellow-bellied sliders can be seen just about any sunny day on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. But, would they leave tracks on Creef Cut Wildlife Trail? Why not come and find out on Thursday, April 16? Call 252-987-1118 for details!
Photo credit: FWS.