Staying at Surf Side Hotel this summer? Visit the nearby Alligator River and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges for some fun nature events. These weekly events are great for the whole family and take place during June, July and August. Here are some of our favorite activities to check out on your trip to the Outer Banks:
Who Goes There?
This free weekly event takes place each Thursday throughout the summer from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Learn what creatures have been traveling through the forest and how you can tell they have been there. The course begins at the National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island and takes you on a short walk. Afterward, head back to the visitor center where kids can make molds of the tracks they found!
Learn all about black bears and why the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is home to so many of them! Presentations are free and take place every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Creef Cut Wildlife Trail parking lot (Milltail Rd X US Hwy 64, 5.5 miles west of Roanoke Island). After the presentation, follow the tour guide on the Wildlife Drive in your vehicle to look for bears and other creatures.
Red Wolf Howling Safari
This exciting event is offered Wednesdays throughout the summer from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The program costs $10 per adult and is free for children age 12 and under. The program begins with a presentation by refuge staff at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Creef Cut Wildlife Trail parking lot (Milltail Rd X US Hwy 64, 5.5 miles west of Roanoke Island). Afterwards, head into the refuge to listen to their captive red wolves! For more information on this event call 252-216-9464 or visit our Howling with Red Wolves site.
Attend the free Turtle Talk event at the Pea Island Visitor Center. This program is run every Tuesday from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. throughout the summer and teaches about the differences between sea turtles and land turtles and how you can protect endangered sea turtles. A fun craft is included as well!