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‘Ding’ Darling hosts early educators workshop

By Staff | Sep 5, 2011

Teachers create a fictional bird for the class for a WILD educators program at “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

Day care and elementary school educators in Lee, Charlotte or Collier county teaching students ages 3 to 7 are invited to a free “Growing Up WILD” teachers workshop at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel. The workshop will be offered on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The workshop is open free to the first 30 educators to register. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) will provide breakfast and drawing prizes and will also reimburse Sanibel causeway tolls.

“Growing Up WILD” is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them.

Through a wide range of activities and experiences, “Growing Up WILD” provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills.

For more information about “Growing Up Wild,” check out the website at www.projectwild.org/GrowingUpWILD.htm.

The program training will introduce teachers to the “Growing Up WILD” materials and activities. At the workshop, they will receive a copy of the program guide, “Growing Up Wild: Exploring Nature with Young Children” and as an introduction to resources that will help them make their program a success.

To register for “Growing Up WILD,” please send an e-mail to rebecca_wolff@fws.gov with your name, contact information and affiliation; or call Becky Wolff at 472-1100 ext. 236 for more information. This program is offered in partnership with the Florida Wildlife Commission.

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.

To support DDWS and the refuge with a tax-deductible gift, visit www.dingdarlingsociety.org or contact Birgie Vertesch at 239-292-0566, 472-1100 ext. 4 or send an e-mail to dingdarlingsociety@gmail.com.