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

June 20, 2010

Visit Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday Afternoons for a Free Tram Tour

On Thursday afternoons on the Outer Banks, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge’s tram tour is the place to be! One recent Thursday afternoon, more than thirty visitors embarked on an adventure around the refuge that they’ll long remember. While enjoying the open-air tram ride, they not only learned of the various management techniques used at the refuge, they also were able to meet others from around the country, see a wide variety of wildlife habitats, and experience some “wild times!” Three of the participants were from France. “Fortunately, one acted as translator for the others,” remarked Cindy Heffley, Visitor Services Specialist. As the guide for the tour, Heffley provided participants with interesting bits of information about the wildlife and wild lands around them. Pictures of critters and other items, as well as a pelt and skulls, were passed around to give the participants a closer look at the possible things they may encounter on the tour. Various plants were pointed out along the way. Wild turkeys, ibis, herons, and black bear were a few of the highlights of the trip.

At the end of the trip, some participants applauded, and most everyone had smiles on their faces. Some remarked that they had never realized managing a wildlife refuge involved so much time and effort. They all were glad to have taken the time to participate.

If you are interested in finding out more about the refuge, consider taking the tram tour on Thursday from 1:30 – 3:30. The tram leaves from the parking lot at Creef Cut Trail which is located at Milltail Road and NC Route 64 west of Manns Harbor. Since no reservations are necessary for the tram tour, seating is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. It is advisable to bring drinking water. For more information about this and other programs at Alligator River and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges contact Cindy Heffley at 252-475-4180 or visit

Tram tour participants are full of smiles after an enjoyable ride around the refuge.
Photo Credit: Bryant Culbreth, USFWS