Alligator River and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges 2024 Tours and Programs

By on April 3, 2024

 (Photo credit: USFWS/Steven Hillebrand) 

USFWS in North Carolina
Aligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Alligator River and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges are happy to announce our 2024 Tours and Programs! Join a tour to see the refuges from a different perspective–by canoe, tram, or van! Learn about sea turtles, bears, red wolves, pollinators, and other wildlife on our local national wildlife refuges. We have programs for all ages and interests.

April Events Calendar

Alligator River Tram Tour

1st Saturday of the month from  9-11 AM
Meet at Alligator River NWR Creef Cut Wildlife Trail Parking Lot 
Reservations required. Call 252-216-9464 for reservations.
$10 per adult. Children 12 and under free with one or more paying adults.

Tram seating is limited. Join us for a trip around the refuge and learn about the wild lands and wildlife. Bring your binoculars and camera! Drinking water and insect repellent are also recommended. The program will occur except with lightning, heavy wind or rain, or impassable road conditions. Dress for the weather! Meet at Creef Cut Wildlife Trail parking lot, Hwy 64 and Milltail Road, app. 6 miles west of Manns Harbor.

 

Pea Island Bird Walk

FREE.
Fridays from 8-9:30 a.m. (year round)
Pea Island NWR Visitor Center 14500 NC Highway 12 Rodanthe, NC

Pea Island is for the birds – actually! Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge has close to 400 species of birds that live here or pass through. 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. Pea Island Bird Walks are held year-round except during the Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival in October and December. Meet at the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, located on NC Highway 12 approximately 4 miles south of Oregon Inlet and 9 miles north of Rodanthe. Red Wolf Tour FREE. Join refuge staff for a guided program on the endangered red wolf! Tours will begin with an introduction to the history and biology of the red wolf. From there, participants will return to their vehicles and follow staff along the wildlife drive within the home range of wild red wolf family group. These tours do not guarantee that participants will see a wild red wolf, but they do serve as an opportunity to showcase the vast territory of the only wild red wolf population. Programs will not be offered in inclement weather. Meet at the Creef Cut Wildlife Trail Parking Lot, located on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge at Milltail Road and Hwy 64 W approximately 6 miles west of Manns Harbor.

 

Red Wolf Tour

FREE.
3rd Friday of the Month at  5:30 p.m.
Alligator River NWR Creef Cut Wildlife Trail Parking Lot

Join refuge staff for a guided program on the endangered red wolf! Tours will begin with an introduction to the history and biology of the red wolf. From there, participants will return to their vehicles and follow staff along the wildlife drive within the home range of wild red wolf family group. These tours do not guarantee that participants will see a wild red wolf, but they do serve as an opportunity to showcase the vast territory of the only wild red wolf population. Programs will not be offered in inclement weather. Meet at the Creef Cut Wildlife Trail Parking Lot, located on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge at Milltail Road and Hwy 64 W approximately 6 miles west of Manns Harbor.

 

June, July and August Events Calendar

Turtle Talk

FREE.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-3 p.m.
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

What are the differences between sea and land turtles? Why are sea turtles endangered? Learn about sea turtle conservation and how you can be part of the solution to save these gentle giants.

 

Pea Island Bird Walk

FREE.
Every Friday (Year Round) 8-9:30 a.m.
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

Pea Island is for the birds – actually! Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge has close to 400 species of birds that live here or pass through. 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. Pea Island Bird Walks are held year-round except during the Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival in October and December.

 

Pollinator Partners

FREE.
Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m.
Coastal North Carolina Refuges Gateway Visitor Center

Join us to learn about the wide variety of pollinators and their vital role in our lives, from our plates to our protected lands. Discover different kinds of pollinators and native plants each week and discuss how you can help protect these important animals. After a short classroom session, we’ll head outside to meet the pollinator pals visiting the refuge gardens and trails!

 

Bear Necessities

FREE.
Wednesdays at 5 p.m.
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Creef Cut Wildlife Trail Parking Lot
Reservation required.
Reserve your spot online at coastal-nc-refuges.eventbrite.com.

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is home to one of the largest populations of black bears in eastern North Carolina and the eastern United States. Learn more about what makes the refuge such a good home for our largest mammal. After a 30-minute presentation, you are free to explore the refuge in your vehicle to look for bears and other wildlife. Maps will be provided by your presenter.

 

Red Wolf Tour

FREE.
Fridays at 6 p.m.
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Creef Cut Wildlife Trail Parking Lot

Join us for a guided program on the endangered red wolf! Tours will begin at the Creef Cut parking lot with an introduction to the history and biology of the red wolf. From there, participants will return to their vehicles and follow staff along the Wildlife Drive within the home range of a wild red wolf family group. These tours do not guarantee that participants will see a wild red wolf, but they do serve as an opportunity to showcase the vast territory of the only wild red wolf population. Programs will not be offered in inclement weather.

 

Alligator River Canoe Tour

Thursdays from 9-11 a.m.
$35 per person; $20 for children 12 and under.
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge End of Buffalo City Road
Reservation required. Call 252-216-9464 to reserve and pay.

Paddle shady blackwater canals into the heart of the refuge and learn about the history of the area while looking for birds, turtles, and alligators. Children must be accompanied by an adult. We provide canoes, paddles, life jackets and two leaders. Secure footwear is required. Hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and drinking water are recommended. May be cancelled in high winds or inclement weather.

 

Pea Island Canoe Tour

Tuesdays from 9-11 a.m.
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
$35 per person; $20 for children 12 and under.
Reservation required. Call 252-216-9464 to reserve and pay.

Escape the hectic beach and explore the quiet marshes, islands, and creeks of Pamlico Sound. Children must be accompanied by an adult. We provide canoes, paddles, life jackets and two leaders. Secure footwear is required. Hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and drinking water are recommended. May be cancelled due to high winds or inclement weather.

 

Open-air Tram Tour

Wednesdays from 9-11 a.m.
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Creef Cut Wildlife Trail Parking Lot
$10 per adult.
Children 12 and under free with one or more paying adults.
Reservation required. Call 252-216-9464 to reserve and pay.

Join us for a trip around the refuge and learn about the wild lands and wildlife. Bring your binoculars and camera! Drinking water and insect repellent are also recommended. The program will occur except with lightning, heavy wind or rain, or impassable road conditions. Dress for the weather!

 

The Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge van tour

Thursdays 7 – 9 a.m.  and 6 – 8 p.m.
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Creef Cut Wildlife Trail Parking Lot
Van Tour $30 per person; $20 for children 12 and under.
Reservation required. Call 252-216-9464 to reserve and pay.

6 people maximum. Ages 6 and up.Customized each time to look for the wildlife that interests participants the most. Refuge volunteers will drive the van around the refuge, stopping any time we see wildlife or sights of interest. The refuge isn’t a zoo, so specific animals aren’t guaranteed, but with thousands of animals living on the refuge, you never know what you’ll see. We’ll watch out for all these and more: black bears, river otters, turkeys, bald eagles, great blue herons, alligators, turtles, and endangered red wolves.

Visit USFWS in NC Alligator River and Pea Island NWR Interpretive Program Schedule to view full offerings and additional information in June, July, and August.



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