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

August 13, 2010

Mark Your Calendars for Wildfest 2010

While you have your calendars open to get organized for the new school year, don’t forget to include Friday, October 29 as a day to spend time with your children. Wildfest 2010 will be held from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Wright Brothers Pavilion in Kill Devil Hills. Since Dare County Schools will be off that day, it will be a fun way to unwind right before Halloween. Sponsored by Alligator River and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges and the Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society, the event is FREE!

Pamlico Joe and Cleanwater Flow, a singing, picking, and definitely grinning duo, will bring their original blend of music, humor, and love-of-the-earth and its resources to the stage at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Children are encouraged to wear a costume of their favorite wild animal and enter the costume contest at 2:00. There will be a wide variety of activity-based, wildlife-oriented things to do. Learn about fish and aquatic insects at the live aquarium booth. Build a bird feeder, learn about your watershed, or mimic behaviors of animals. These and many more wildlife and environmental activities are planned. Undated information will be available on our website at

Organizations or businesses that are interested in receiving a booth registration form may contact Visitor Services Specialist Cindy Heffley at 252-475-4180 or If you are interested in volunteering for this exciting event, please contact Visitor Services Specialist Abbey Reibel at 252-987-1118 or Whether you would like to dress up in a critter costume or help with an activity, we will find a spot for you.

Wildfest 2009
Making fish prints has always been a popular activity at Wildfest. Join us on October 29 from 10 am until 3 pm at the Wright Brothers Pavilion for Wildfest 2010. Dare County Schools will be closed for students during Wildfest (Teacher Work Day); however, other schools that are in session are encouraged to bring their students to this educational event. Transportation scholarships are available from the Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society ( Photo Credit: USFWS.