Events, Tours & Things to Do

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Events

CNWR offers guided programs and various presentations for the Spring and Summer 2013. Presentations about nature topics, wildlife and island culture are made by refuge rangers and summer interns at the Bateman Visitor Center.

There are programs especially suited to kids during the summer, including archery, kayaking and clamming. Families are incouraged to attend bird walks, marsh walks, photo tours and beach fires.

Call the refuge for additional information.
(757) 336-6122

March
11 Refuge Hours Change to 6am – 8pm
15 Toms Cove Hook Closes to 4 wheel drive vehicles, pedestrains and horseback riding
15 Artwork for the Virginia Jr. Duck Stamp contest due
April
May
1 Refuge Hours Change to 5am – 10pm
11 International Migratory Bird Day Celebration -
This spring event offers a variety of family friendly activities, from building birdhouses to enjoying a guided walk, provide an enjoyable time for birders of all ages.  For more information, call
(757)336-6122.
June
24 – 28 Children in the Woods Day Camp
July
15 – 19 Children in the Woods Day Camp
22 Sunrise Pony Walk
Early on many spectators will make their way to the beach to witness the sunrise and then a piece of living history.  Come join hundreds of other onlookers, who wait with anticipation for the Saltwater Cowboys to move a large group of Chincoteague Ponies from the northern area of the Refuge, down the beach, to a corral located along Beach Road, in preparation for the Annual Pony Swim
24 – 26 Annual Pony Swim (Time to be announced) and Auction
visit Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce for more information
August
9-May Children in the Woods Day Camp
September
TBA Beach Clean-up
Free admission for those participating in the clean-up.
28 Free Fee Day
October
1 Refuge Hours Change to 6am – 6pm
12 National Wildlife Refuge Week
The diversity of wild places and wildlife found on more than 550 National Wildlife Refuges is celebrated.  Come build a birdhouse, see a live animal presentation or try your luck at fun activities such as Hooligan Heron’s Habitat Hunt. Numerous family friendly activities will be available for birders and wildlife lovers of all ages.  For more information, call (757)336-6122
13 Free Fee Day
20 Archery Hunt Orientation – 10am
21 – 23 Archery Hunt
27 Archery Hunt Orientation – 10am
28 – 30 Archery Hunt
November
11-Sep Free Fee Weekend
16 Wallops Hunt Starts
28 – 30 Waterfowl Weekend
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge celebrates the marvel of fall migration.  It’s a special time of year!  A variety of guided walks and auditorium programs will be offered during this time.
December
1 Waterfowl Weekend
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge celebrates the marvel of fall migration.  It’s a special time of year!  A variety of guided walks and auditorium programs will be offered during this time. For more information, call (757)336-6122
4 Big Game Firearm Hunt Orientation – 10am
6-May Big Game Firearm Hunt
8 Big Game Firearm Hunt Orientation – 10am
10-Sep Big Game Firearm Hunt
11 Big Game Firearm Hunt Orientation – 10am
13-Dec Big Game Firearm Hunt
15 Big Game Firearm Hunt Orientation – 10am
16 – 17 Big Game Firearm Hunt
18 Big Game Firearm Hunt Orientation – 10am
19 20 Big Game Firearm Hunt