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‘Ding’ Darling to celebrate National Public Lands Day

September 19, 2013
Special to the Islander ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge will celebrate National Public Land's Day on Saturday, Sept. 28, on Sanibel Island with a beach clean-up, hiking, and other activities.

The day's events begin at 9 a.m. with Beach Clean-up at the Refuge's Perry Tract. Participants must park and pay at the Gulfside City Park lot. Clean-up ends at 11 a.m.

In the afternoon, talk turns to trash as rangers and volunteers assess the trash collected that morning, discussing how long different products take to biodegrade. The program starts at 1 p.m. in the free Visitors Education Center at the refuge, followed by a showing of the film, Addicted to Plastic.

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The “Let’s Talk Trash” game challenges participants to guess how long it takes plastic, disposable diapers, glass, and other materials to biodegrade. PHOTO PROVIDED.

In the Refuge Nature Store, the "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) is giving away a free "Kick the Bottle" reusable water container with a purchase of $5 or more.

National Public Lands Day is presented with support from DDWS. For more information about the event, contact Ranger Becky Wolff at 472-1100 ext. 236.

As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, DDWS works to support J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge's mission of conservation, wildlife and habitat protection, research, and public education through charitable donations and Refuge Nature Shop proceeds.

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What: J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge's National Public Land's Day

When: Sept. 28 from 9-11 a.m.

Where: Perry Tract

Details: Call Ranger Becky Wolff at 472-1100 ext. 236

To support DDWS and the refuge with a tax-deductible gift, visit or contact Birgie Vertesch at 292-0566 or



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