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Public takes advantage of free bike rentals from Tarpon Bay Explorers

By Staff | Apr 24, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED Bikers get ready to depart Tarpon Bay Explorers for Wildlife Drive.

Earth Day is a time to put the planet on a pedestal to raise awareness and appreciation, inspire and educate the citizens of the world of earth’s natural environment.

The Saturday leading up to every Earth Day, Tarpon Bay Explorers provides free bike rentals as a way to encourage visitors to explore the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel.

On April 21, over 40 people came to Tarpon Bay Explorers to take advantage of the offering and spent time exploring the refuge and all the wildlife it has to offer.

“We love collaborating with the refuge on days like Earth Day,” Adam Sauerland, Tarpon Bay’s assistant manager, said. “Being the concession to ‘Ding’ Darling comes with a great responsibility to educate and encourage people to explore natural areas in order to kindle appreciation that, we hope, will resonate for generations to come.”

Those who borrowed bikes saw wildlife like wading birds, alligators and gopher tortoises.

PHOTO PROVIDED Bikers who took advantage of free bike rentals on April 21 saw wildlife like birds and fish, even an alligator or two.

“Sanibel and the refuge is very bike friendly,” he said. “What better way to spend a Saturday with your family than enjoying a leisure – and free – bike ride through one of the most gorgeous natural areas Florida has to offer.”

Tarpon Bay Explorers is the official concession to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, providing low impact, recreational and educational activities for refuge visitors. A portion of its proceeds goes back to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to benefit the national refuges nationwide.

For more information, visit www.tarponbayexplorers.com or call 239-472-8900.