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'Ding' Darling refuge to kick off free programming for the summer

May 21, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel will offer free programs from June 4 through Aug. 6 through the help of the "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge.

The programming will include:

- Reading in the Refuge, Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Hear an exciting wildlife-themed story from a naturalist and make a craft about an animal from the estuarine ecosystem. For pre-K through sixth grade, but all ages are welcome. Program is 45-minutes long and takes place in the Visitor & Education Center.

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- Indigo Trail Walk, Thursdays at 10 a.m. Naturalists lead a one-hour tour identifying and discussing the ecosystem's plant and animal species. Open to all ages. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Visitor & Education Center.

- Family Beach Walk, Fridays at 9 a.m. Meet at the Gulfside City Park on Sanibel for a one-hour guided exploration of the refuge's Perry Tract. Learn about the vital beach ecosystem. Bring a shell bag. Parking fees at the Gulfside City Park apply.

- Wildlife Wonders, Saturdays at 11 a.m. What makes a bird a bird? Why is a manatee a sea cow? Is it a crocodile or alligator? Join a staff member to learn about the refuge's unique ecosystem and find the answers to these questions and more. Subject will change weekly, depending on the presenter. Program is 30-minutes long and takes place in the Visitor & Education Center.

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For more information, call 239-472-1100 or visit

The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge is at 1 Wildlife Drive.



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