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.

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

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
"Who Goes There?" Can you tell which critter has been visiting the forest? What do they leave behind besides tracks and scat? We’ll find out on a short walk and then return to the classroom to make a mold of a track to take home with you. Meet at the National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island. National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center (0) Thursdays
2:30 - 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 (R/F)
Reservations Required/ Fee Program
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge (12) Wednesdays 9 - Noon
Thursdays 10 AM - Noon
Thursdays 5 - 7 PM
Fridays 1 - 4 PM
June/July/August
       
Guided Van Tour
(Photography/Wildlife Observation/Interpretation)
Reservations Required/ Fee Program
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge (8) 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 Rd X US Hwy 64, 5.5 miles west of Roanoke Island) Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge (8) Wednesdays
5:30 - 7 PM
June/July/August
Red Wolf Howling Safari Fee Program 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 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 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 Tuesdays
2:30 - 3:30 PM
June/July/August
Pea Island Guided Interpretive Canoe Tour Reservations Required/ Fee Program Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Wednesdays 10 - Noon
Thursdays 9 AM - Noon
Fridays 10 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 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 Thursdays 2:30 - 3:30 PM
June/July/August

 

Other scheduled Events

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
May 8, 2015
August 14, 2015
November 13, 2015
February 12, 2016
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 20 - 25, 2015
Red Wolf Howling Safari Fee Program Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge (8) Saturday Howlings (free)
Guided Interpretive Open-air Tram Tour Reservations Required/ Fee Program Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge (12) (One Saturday/month September - May)
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 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 Second Saturday in June
9 - Noon
       
       
       

 

 

Last Updated: 5/6/15