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Fun for all: Refuge to host guided beach walk

July 16, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

As part of its summer programming, the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel holds a Family Beach Walk on Fridays from 9 to 10 a.m. starting out from Gulfside City Park.

Free to the public, it is a one-hour guided exploration of the refuge's Perry Tract.

The four-plus-acre Perry Tract lies adjacent to the park and is named for ophthalmologist and malacologist Dr. Louise Perry. Upon her passing in 1962, Perry donated her winter home property to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to maintain as a safe haven for wildlife.

Learn about the vital beach ecosystem, and be sure to bring a shell bag and binoculars.

Wearing sunscreen and bug spray and bringing water is also suggested.

A general parking fee at the park of $5 per hour will apply.

For more information, visit

Gulfside City Park is at 2001 Algiers Lane, Sanibel.

The refuge's free summer programming will run through Aug. 3. For more details on the activities, visit and click "2019 Summer Programs."

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



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