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Alligator River is the lead refuge for the North Carolina Coastal Plain National Wildlife Refuge Complex.  If you were surfing the web on one of the other refuge websites, you may find your way back to that refuge by following one of these links:  Pea Island - Mackay Island - Currituck - Pocosin Lakes - Roanoke River.  


There are a number of ways you may "get involved" with these refuges. If you'd like to learn more about volunteering, start with the question, "What do Volunteers do?"

  • Spend your time on the refuge! Probably the most obvious way is to simply enjoy your local national wildlife refuge!  Visit often.  Bring your family and friends.  Tell your neighbors about your visits.  Share with people how much you love and appreciate these special places.  During your visits, set a great example for other visitors by respecting wildlife and habitat, viewing wildlife from a safe distance, and always leaving the refuge better than you found it.  Pick up trash.  Report problems to the refuge.
  • Volunteer your time!  Become a Refuge Volunteer Have a Wild Time!!! Volunteer on Alligator River and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges! These diverse programs utilize volunteers of all ages and abilities. Whether the jobs are labor intensive projects for scout or church groups, full-time internships, or regular weekly or monthly assistance, there are always needs in the various Refuge program areas. Below are a few examples of volunteer needs. But, don't hesitate to contact the Volunteer Coordinator (email: or phone: 252-473-1132 Ext. 227) to discuss a program tailored to your interests and abilities.
  • Join the Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society, the refuge friend's group.   Just your membership alone speaks volumes to your friends, your family, and others in the community.
  • Be an advocate for the refuge and for conservation. Encourage your friends to visit the refuge.  Practice good conservation practices, like conserving energy and recycling!