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Free summer programs at refuge to begin in June

By Staff | May 22, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Meet at Gulfside City Park for a guided Family Beach Walk on Fridays at 9 a.m.

Wildlife Wonders talks, weekly walks and nature crafts will highlight the free summer programs running June 5 through Aug. 3 at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel.

The schedule of weekly activities is as follows:

– Reading in the Refuge, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.: Attendees of each 45-minute reading-and-crafts session learn about a refuge animal and make a take-home craft related to it. Meet in the Visitor & Education Center classroom.

– Indigo Trail Walk, Thursdays at 10 a.m.: Join refuge naturalists as they lead a one-hour tour to the Wildlife Education Boardwalk to identify and discuss the ecosystem’s plants, mammals, birds and reptiles. Geared for adults and children. Bring water, sunscreen and bug spray. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Visitor & Education Center.

– Family Beach Walk, Fridays at 9 a.m.: The one-hour program convenes at Gulfside Park to explore the refuge’s Gulf-front Perry Tract. City parking fees apply. Bring water, sunscreen and bug spray.

– Wildlife Wonders, Saturdays at 11 a.m.: Refuge education staff lead the 30-minute indoor program about the mysteries of manatees, alligators, crocodiles, horseshoe crabs and birds in the Visitor & Education Center auditorium.

No pre-registration is necessary to participate.

Programming supported by the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge.

For more information, call 239-472-1100 ext. 237 or visit dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/free-refuge-programs.