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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October 18, 2012

Come Out For a FREE Day of Fun at Wildfest 2012

Join other children and adults on Wednesday, October 24 from 9 am - 2 pm for a day filled with conservation-oriented learning and fun! Geared toward preschool through second grade, Wildfest 2012 is guaranteed to create lasting memories for you and your child. Sponsored by Alligator River and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges, along with the Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society, this annual celebration will give children an opportunity to learn about the natural and cultural wonders eastern North Carolina. Wildfest 2012 will be held at the Wright Brothers Pavilion in Kill Devil Hills.

In addition to the ever-popular Wildlife Olympics, bird feeders and face painting, children will be able to learn how archaeologists work under water. They may also play a round of beachcombing bingo, learn about sea turtles while making a craft, or build a bird while learning about adaptations. If live animals interest you, check out the Outer Banks Wild Care booth with "Leftovers" the opossum or the Edenton National Fish Hatchery booth featuring a live alligator and a variety of native fish! Just in time for Halloween, learn all about bats and make a bat finger puppet. Take a stroll outside and climb aboard a Coast Guard response boat or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Fire Program vehicle. While you are outside, be sure to try the Backyard Bass activity. New this year is the Museum of the Albemarle with games and pastimes enjoyed by children in the 18th and 19th century.

Be sure to visit all the other Wright Brothers Memorial exhibits while you’re there. Entry into the Wright Brothers National Memorial is FREE for Wildfest participants! Just tell the fee collector that you are participating in Wildfest when you arrive.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Groups are asked to register in advance. Call 252-475-4180 for information and directions.

Kid in fire gear
Liam VanDruten learns about the fire equipment used by the refuge during Wildfest 2011.
Photo Credit: Brian VanDruten/USFWS.