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    Have a WILD time!

    No matter what your talents or interests, we can use YOU as a Refuge Volunteer!

    Become a Refuge Volunteer

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    Experience our Wildlife Drive

    The Murphy Peterson Wildlife Drive offers incredible experiences in wildlife viewing year-round

    Murphy Peterson Wildlife Drive

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    Gateway to eastern NC Refuges

    The National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island is open daily, year-round, is FREE, and offers the experience of a lifetime!

    National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center

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    Looking for an Internship?

    Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and other refuges in eastern North Carolina offer internship experiences rivaled by no others.

    Learn More about Internships

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    Have you seen your first monarch?

    Be a citizen scientist and help Journey North track the first sightings monarchs, milkweeds, eggs, and caterpillars.

    Report your sightings to Journey North

Sneak Peek of the Refuge

Take a VIRTUAL TOUR of all things REFUGE!


Using your smart phone, a regular phone or your computer, take virtual tours of Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Take a Virtual Tour!

About the Complex

Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Complex

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Includes Alligator River, Pea Island, Pocosin Lakes, Mackay Island, Currituck, and Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuges

Alligator River is managed as part of the Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Complex.

Learn more about the complex 

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS  

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News & Refuge Happenings

  • 2016 News Releases and Newsletters

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    Follow this link for access to 2016 news releases and other current refuge information. You'll LOVE our quarterly newsletter, WINGS, full of colorful photos and all the "gonings on" of these refuges!

    2016 News Releases and Newsletters
  • Recent Bird Sightings

    eBird Trail Tracker

    eBird Trail Tracker ... Discover what birds have been seen recently at the refuge using Cornell Lab of Ornithology's eBird Trail Tracker.

    eBird Tracker
  • Interpretive Programs

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    Join us for weekly guided tours and interpretive programs on both Pea Island and Alligator River Refuges, as well as the National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center. Fun for the whole family! Most programs are free!

    Printable Program Schedule
  • Wings Over Water


    Wings Over Water 2016 - Information and registration now available! Over 90 programs with GREAT leaders... Experience the wildlife and wildlands of eastern North Carolina! Join us! Call 252-216-9464 for more information or to register.

    Wings Over Water
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Last Updated: May 23, 2016
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