• Wednesday, June 12th 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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The Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is famed as the home of one of the largest populations of black bears in eastern North Carolina, and during this special weekly presentation, visitors can learn all about these wild residents as well as their unique coastal habitat.

The Bear Necessities program is held every week at the Creef Cut Wildlife Nature Trail in the barely-inland region of Manns Harbor, and from this starting point, visitors will learn all about the black bears, as well as how they are able to thrive in the central Outer Banks / Dare County mainland region. After a brief presentation, visitors can follow an experienced guide in their cars through the heart of the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge on a wildlife drive to search for the resident black bears, as well as other species. After the cruise, the party will return to the initial meeting spot just in time to join in the fun of the Red Wolf Howling, which is another popular refuge event. Free to all attendees, this unique experience shines a spotlight on the biggest residents of the sprawling refuge, and is a fine adventure for nature enthusiasts and explorers of all ages.