Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


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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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    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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    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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    Pea Island Visitor Center

    Open daily from 9-4, you'll always be greeted with warmth and knowledge! Visitors always tell us our volunteer staff are simply the BEST!

    Pea Island Visitor Center

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    Have Monarchs Arrived at Your House?

    Keep your eyes peeled. A great citizen science project tracks monarchs moving north. Report when you see the first butterfly, egg or larva.

    Track their progress.

Refuge Highlights!

Guided Interpretive Tours

Pea Island Refuge Free Year 'round Friday morning Bird Walk, 8-9:30 am (weather permitting). No reservations required. On Alligator River Refuge during the fall, winter and spring, Open-Air Tram Tour. First Saturday of each month. $10 Reservations required. Call 252-216-9464

Recent Bird Sightings

eBird Trail Tracker

eBird Trail Tracker...Discover and report recently seen bird sightings on the refuge using Cornell Lab of Ornithology's eBird Trail Tracker.

eBird Tracker

Wildlife FIRST!!


National Wildlife Refuges are for WILDLIFE FIRST! Only activities that are compatible and appropriate are authorized. Always check before you act!

Rules and Regulations

Tiny pre-historic creatures scramble to the sea....


Several species of sea turtles nest on the isolated beaches of Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Located on the northern end of their nesting range, we have fewer nests than other areas, but only time will tell the significance.

Sea Turtles
Refuge Closures Updates

Closed Areas Protect Wildlife

Currently there are no seasonal bird closures on Pea Island NWR. As the shorebird and waterbird breeding and nesting activities decreased, biologists have removed the beach closures. Sea turtle nest closures are still in place throughout the beach areas. One year-round closure just south of Oregon Inlet also remains in place around the ponds near the terminal groin. Thank you for giving wildlife a buffer area and helping to reduce disturbance in these areas. On the west side of the highway, North Pond remains open year-round. The North Pond trail is accessible from the Visitor Center on the south end or Salt Flats Wildlife Trail is accessible from the gravel parking lot on the north end of North Pond. Pets are not permitted on either trail.

About the Complex

North Carolina Coastal Plain Refuge Complex

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the North Carolina Coastal Plain Refuge Complex.

Read 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