Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region

Scheduled Interpretive Programs
for Alligator River and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges

Download a pdf file of the interpretive program schedule

Wings Over Water - Free Preschool Program (PDF) - Red Wolf Howlings
Guided Canoe Tours
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2014 Refuge Program Schedule

 


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Wings Over Water- October 21 - 26, 2014

The Outer Banks of North Carolina and the adjacent lands are a paradise of ocean beaches, rolling sand hills, shrub thickets, broad marsh areas, pocosins, blackwater swamps and tracts of maritime and inland forests. These varied habitats are rich in wildlife diversity, and large acreages are protected as wildlife refuges and parks.

The six-day Wings over Water Wildlife Festival is an opportunity to explore this land of wildlife enchantment through nearly 100 programs in themes ranging from birding to paddling to photography, history and more!

Fore more information visit the Wings Over Water home page,

Call 252-216-WING (9464) or e-mail.


New Preschool Young Naturalists Program!

Where: The National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island (Manteo)

Who: Children ages 5 and under, along with their parents, grandparents, or caregivers.

When: Each Friday from 10:00-11:00am.

See the flyer (PDF) for more information.

 

Wildfest 2014

Check back for information.

 

Wolves Howling at Moon

2014 Red Wolf Howlings


Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and the Red Wolf Recovery Program offer you the opportunity to learn more about red wolves at the only place in the world where they still exist in the wild! Meet at the designated time at the Creef Cut Wildlife Trail parking lot for a chance to hear the harmonious howl of this endangered species. Map and directions to Creef Cut Wildlife Trail parking lot.

Free Spring Saturday Howlings
No Registration Required

  • April 26 - Earth Day (Full Moon!) - 7:00-8:30 pm
  • May 24 - Memorial Day (Full Moon!) -7:00-8:30 pm


Summer Howlings
No Registration Required
Summer Howlings cost $10 per person (bring cash, check, Visa, or MasterCard).
Children 12 and under are FREE!

  • June - August, Wednesdays - 7:30-9:00pm

 

Free Fall Saturday Howlings
No Registration Required

  • October 11 - Wolf Awareness Week - 6:00-7:30 pm
  • November 15 - Full Moon Howl - 5:00-6:30 pm
  • December 6 - Holiday Howl - 5:00-6:30 pm


Important things to remember:

paw Programs typically last about two hours.

paw Bring a flashlight and insect repellent.

paw Dress for the weather; howling will occur except with lightning, heavy rain, or wind or impassable roads. Decision to cancel will be made at least 1.5 hours prior to the scheduled program.

paw Plan ahead! Creef Cut Wildlife Trail is about a 20 minute drive from Manteo!

paw Do NOT bring pets.

Questions: Call 252-216-9464.



2014 Guided Interpretive Tours and Programs

During the warmer months, interpretive programs are offered on both Alligator River and Pea Island Refuges. Some require registration and a fee, others are free to the public and require no registration. Be sure to check the dates and requirements. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Map and directions to Alligator River meeting locations (pdf)

Map and directions to Pea Island meeting locations (pdf)

 

 


Bird Walks at Pea Island
National Wildlife Refuge


Pea Island is for the birds- literally! Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is home to nearly 400 species of birds. Come out and meet our resident and migratory birds. We welcome all bird enthusiasts on our walks. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll enjoy this casual stroll beside North Pond. Field guides, binoculars, sunscreen, and insect repellent recommended. Some field guides and binoculars will be available for participants.

Year round
: Fridays (except October 24)
May - September: Wednesdays and Fridays

8:00 am - 9:30 am, Meet at Pea Island Visitor Center

 

Turtle Talk at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge


What’s the difference between sea turtles and land turtles? Why are sea turtles endangered? What can you do to save these gentle giants? Find out about their conservation and how you can be a part of the solution while making a take-home craft.

June - August: Tuesdays

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Meet at Pea Island Visitor Center


Soundside Adventure
(note new meeting location!)


Discover what lies beneath the water during this hands-on exploration of Roanoke Sound. Why are critters so small on the soundside? What is it like to be a crab? Come pull the seine net and see what we catch! Footwear is required; sunscreen and hats recommended for this wet and wild activity. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

June - August:
Thursdays

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Meet at the parking area at the foot of the Old Manns Harbor Bridge (Umstead Bridge) on the North End of Roanoke Island.


Birds and Their Adaptations at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge


Do all shorebirds have long legs? How can a duck stay afloat in the water? Why do certain birds open their wet wings to dry? If you ever wondered about these and other facts about birds, come out and discover the many ways birds adapt to their habitat. You may even create your own bird to take home.

June - August: Wednesdays

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Meet at Pea Island Visitor Center


Bear Necessities at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge


Alligator River is home to the largest population of black bears in eastern North Carolina and one of the largest in the eastern United States! Learn more about what makes the Refuge such a good home for our largest mammal. Hear about surveys going on to track the black bear population in the area. After the presentation, join us on the Wildlife Drive to look for bears and other wildlife. Participants will return in time for the Red Wolf Howling.

June - August:
Wednesdays

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm (You will be back in time for the howling)
Meet at Creef Cut Wildlife Trail parking lot (Milltail Road)

 

Guided Tram Tours at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge


Join us for a trip around the refuge and learn about the wild lands and wildlife. Bring your binoculars and camera! Drinking water and insect repellent are also recommended. The program will occur except with lightning, heavy wind or rain, or impassable road conditions. Dress for the weather! Meet at Creef Cut Trail parking lot located at the intersection of Milltail Road and Route 64 east of Manns Harbor.

Fees: Tram seating is limited. To guarantee your tram seats, you may register ahead of time and pay $10 per person. Children 12 and under may register for free with one or more paying adults. Unreserved seats will be filled at no charge on a first-come/first-served basis on the morning of the tour.

Spring Schedule
March 8, April 12, May 10: Saturdays, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon

Summer Schedule
June - August: Tuesdays, 8:30 am - 11:00 am

Fall Schedule
September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13: Saturdays, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon

Additional Information.


Red Wolf Howlings at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge


Refuge staff offer you the experience of a lifetime to come and learn about red wolves and participate in a “howling.” Registration is no longer required!

- see dates and other information above


Guided Canoe Tours

During warmer months, guided canoe trips are offered on both refuges for a fee through the Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society. We provide canoes, paddles, life vests, and information!

Canoe tours for groups of 6 or more can be scheduled at other times depending on weather and availability; however, individuals or families are encouraged to sign up for one of the weekly tours. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Discounts for educational institutions.

 

Map and directions to Alligator River meeting locations

Map and directions to Pea Island meeting locations


Pea Island Canoe Tour
(2 - 3 hours)

(note new meeting location)

Visit the quiet side of Pea Island. Explore the marshes, islands, and creeks of Pamlico Sound via New Inlet. Learn about the natural history of the area. Look for birds, crabs, terrapins, skates, and more! Hats, sunscreen, and drinking water are recommended.
Footwear required.

Fees: $40 per person ($25 for children ages 12 years and under).
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - Call 252-216-9464.

June - September: Thursdays
9:00 am - 12:00 noon, Meet at New Inlet; 3 miles south of Visitor Center


Pea Island Family Canoe Tour (1.5 - 2 hours)
(note new meeting location)


Designed especially for kids and others who want to explore the marshes, islands, and creeks of Pamlico Sound via New Inlet. This tour includes hands-on exploration. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Hats, sunscreen, and drinking water are recommended. Footwear required.

Fees: $30 per person ($20 for children ages 12 years and under).
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
- Call 252-216-9464.

June - August: Wednesdays and Fridays
10:00 am - 12:00 noon, Meet at Visitor Center


Alligator River Canoe Tour
(shorter and longer options)


Really get out into the wild! The Milltail Creek Paddling Trails take you deep into the heart of Alligator River Refuge. Paddle the shady blackwater canals; learn about the history of the area. Watch and listen for the Refuge’s secretive wildlife. Hats, sunscreen, insect repellent, and drinking water recommended.
Footwear required.

1.5 - 2 Hour Tour
Fees: $30 per person ($20 for children ages 12 years and under).
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
- Call 252-216-9464.
June - August: Thursdays
10:00 am - 12:00 noon

Full Tour (2 - 3 Hour)
Fees: $40 per person ($25 for children ages 12 years and under).
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
- Call 252-216-9464.
May - September: Wednesdays and Fridays
9:00 am - 12:00 noon

Meet at South end of Buffalo City Road
(Off US Hwy 64 in East Lake)

Co-sponsored by the Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society.
Reservations Required for ALL canoe tours: Call 252-216-9464.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access for all participants. Persons needing reasonable accommodations in order to attend and participate should contact 252-216-9464 in order to allow sufficient time to process requests, please contact us at least 2 weeks prior to the event.

Last Updated: <3/13/14