National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center
Southeast Region
   

Things to See and Do - Guided Tours and Scheduled Programs
(Print PDF of Summer Schedule)

There are so many awesome things to see and do at the National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center and on local national wildlife refuges! You may explore on your own, or you may plan to participate in any of our scheduled activities. We offer a variety of programming ranging from Art Expos to Prescooler activities. Join us! You'll be glad you did!

Another option is to use your cell phones for Virtual Tours! Check out our On-cell programming to have your p[ersonal guide in many locations!

 

Follow the links below for more details.

All locations and activities are listed in order of distance from the National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center.

Fall/Winter/Spring and One-Time Events

    Number in ( ) is distance from Roanoke Island  
Art Expo Receptions - Art Expos in the Gallery year round. Receptions each time the art work changes. National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center (0) 5 - 8 PM
June 17, 2016
Sept 16, 2016
Jan 27, 2017
Preschool Young Naturalist Program "Miss Cindy" offers a special treat each week especially designed for our pre-schoolers - but all are welcome. Each week, we read a book about wildlife or habitat, have an activity related to the topic, and then explore our Nature Trail out the back door. National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center (0) Fridays
10 - 11 AM
YEAR-ROUND
Wings Over Water Reservations Required/ Fee Program Many WILD locations! October 18-23, 2016
Wings Over Water Encore
Reservations Required/ Fee Program Many WILD locations! Dec 9-11, 2016
Red Wolf Howling Fee Program Directions- Creef Cut Trail parking lot, Milltail Road & Hwy 64 Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge (8) Saturday Howlings (free) April 9, 2016
7-8:30pm
May 14, 2016 7:30 -9pm Oct 8, 2016 6-7:30pm Nov 12, 2016 4:30-6pm Dec 10, 2016 4:30-6pm
Guided Interpretive Open-air Tram Tour

Reservations Required/ Fee Program

Directions- Creef Cut Trail parking lot, Milltail Road & Hwy 64
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge (12) (Second Saturday/month September - May 9-noon April 9, May 14, Sept 10, Oct 8, and Nov 12, 2016
Pea Island Guided Bird Walk - Pea Island is for the birds - literally! Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is home to nearly 400 species of birds. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll enjoy this casual stroll beside North Pond. Field guides, binoculars, sunscreen, and insect repellent are recommended. Some field guides and binoculars will be available for loan. Meet at Pea Island Visitor Center. Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge (24) Fridays
8 - 9:30 AM
YEAR-ROUND
(except during Wings Over Water)
Annual Crabbing/Fishing Rodeo - For three hours, once a year, the Refuge opens North Pond to fishing and crabbing. Come join the fun. All Federal, State and local regulations apply. Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge (24) Second Saturday in June
9 - Noon
Swan Days Celebrate waterfowl on Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge, sign up for tram tours, explore on your own, participate in activities near the Mattamuskeet Lodge Details here Mattamuskeey National Wildlife Refuge (62) December 9-11, 2016
Winter Waterfowl Van Tours Celebrate waterfowl on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Pre-reisteration is required. Tours are FREE. Call the refuge at 252-796-3004 for details! Registration for these tours will be handled by the Friends of Pocosin Lakes Vice President, Doris Morris.  Please contact Doris to reserve your space at  doris.friendsrefuge@gmail.com or call 252-809-2724 / 252-793-9756 (Space is limited- be sure to register!) Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge (39)
  • To be announced
       

 

Guided Tours and Scheduled Programs (June/July/August-2016)

Unless otherwise noted, programs are free and do not require reservations.

What

What

Where (miles from Roanoke Island)

When

Refuge/Wildlife Movies -Looking for something to do inside? Stop by the National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island to watch a wonderful movie in HD-surround sound. Learn about the various refuges in the area. Other topics will be shown throughout the summer. National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center (0) Tuesdays - Fridays
9:30 - 3:30 PM
June/July/August
Preschool Young Naturalist Program "Miss Cindy" offers a special treat each week especially designed for our pre-schoolers - but all are welcome. Each week, we read a book about wildlife or habitat, have an activity related to the topic, and then explore our Nature Trail out the back door. National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center (0) Fridays
10 - 11 AM
YEAR-ROUND
Guided Interpretive Canoe Tour
Reservations Required/ Fee Program
 Directions-Buffalo City Road boat launch area, 2 miles south of Hwy 64, end of Buffalo City Road

 

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge (12) Wednesdays & Friday 9 - Noon
Thursdays 9-11 AM

June/July/August
       
Guided Van Tour
(Photography/Wildlife Observation/Interpretation)
Reservations Required/ Fee ProgramDirections- Creef Cut Trail parking lot, Milltail Road & Hwy 64
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge (8) Tuesdays & Wednesdays
7 - 9 AM
June/July/August
"Bear Necessities" - 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. After the presentation, follow us in your vehicle as we lead you on the Wildlife Drive to look for bears and other wildlife. Participants will return in time for the Red Wolf Howling. Meet at Creef Cut Wildlife Trail parking lot(Milltail Road & Hwy 64) Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge (8) Wednesdays
5:30 - 7 PM
June/July/August
Red Wolf Howling Fee Program Directions- Creef Cut Trail parking lot, Milltail Road & Hwy 64 Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge (8) Wednesdays (fee)
7:30 - 9 PM
June/July/August
details
Guided Interpretive Open-air Tram Tour Reservations Required/ Fee Program
Directions- Creef Cut Trail parking lot, Milltail Road & Hwy 64

 

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge (8) Thursdays
8:30 - 11 AM
June/July/August
Pea Island Guided Bird Walk - Pea Island is for the birds - literally! Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is home to nearly 400 species of birds. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll enjoy this casual stroll beside North Pond. Field guides, binoculars, sunscreen, and insect repellent are recommended. Some field guides and binoculars will be available for loan. Meet at Pea Island Visitor Center. Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge (24) Wednesdays/Fridays
8 - 9:30 AM
June/July/August
"Turtle Talk" -What are the differences between sea turtles and land turtles? Why are sea turtles endangered? What can you do to save these gentle giants? Find out about sea turtle conservation; learn how you can be a part of the solution. Make a take-home craft. Meet at Pea Island Visitor Center.
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge (24) Tuesdays
2:30 - 3:30 PM
June/July/August
Pea Island Refuge Guided Interpretive Canoe Tour Reservations Required/ Fee Program
Meet at Pea Island Visitor Center.
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge (24) Wednesdays,
Thursdays & Fridays
Fridays 9 AM - Noon
June/July/August
"Birds and Their Adaptations" 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 have ever wondered about these and other facts about birds, come out and discover the many ways birds adapt to their habitats. You may even create your own bird to take home. Meet at Pea Island Visitor Center. Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge (24) Thursdays 2:30 - 3:30 PM
June/July/August
"Bees, Bats, and Butterflies" Pollinators are all around us and are necessary for our survival. Find out how these critters help us and what you can do to help them! Make a butterfly craft to take home with you. Meet at the Pea Island Visitor Center. Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge (24) Thursdays 2:30 - 3:30 PM
June/July/August

 

 

Last Updated: 8/12/15