As the 75th anniversary celebration at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel kicks in, staff has planned a “Ding” Darling Day for Oct. 20 that will concentrate all the best traditions of the eco-festival into one day of family-oriented and conservation art activities, tours and programs.
The free activities include admission to Wildlife Drive and tram tours, wildlife presentations, animal yoga, guided tours, nature sketching, origami, archery clinics, hot dogs, a touch tank and butterfly house, face-painting, kids’ nature crafts and music by the Americana Community Music Association.
In addition, Federal Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp winner presentations will take place throughout the day, including stamp signings and meet-and greets, plus conservation art activities.
Tarpon Bay Explorers will offer free stand-up paddleboarding clinics in the morning and discounts on kayak tours and boating excursions; reservations for the tours are recommended at 239-472-8900.
Free shuttle service will run from the Tram Parking Lot on Sanibel-Captiva Road and TBE.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge and TBE co-present “Ding” Darling Days, with generous support from the local community and businesses.
For more information or the full schedule, visit www.dingdarlingdays.com.