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Refuge debuts #DingAtHome digital engagement

By Staff | Mar 23, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge and the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge debuts programs online and on social media for stay-at-home families and individuals.

To keep its fans and friends in touch with nature and engaged in calming educational activities during the COVID-19 outbreak, the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge and the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge have debuted programs for stay-at-home families and individuals. They have created virtual experiences that all ages can enjoy via social media and the Webpage at dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/ding-at-home.

“Learning about nature is always important for kids and adults alike,” Supervisory Refuge Ranger Toni Westland said. “During this challenging climate of social distancing and self-isolation, it becomes crucial that we nourish our souls with the beauty and wonder of wildlife and its habitat.”

Follow the refuge’s Facebook page for daily themed activity videos posted at 10 a.m. on Monday through Friday. The weekly schedule is as follows:

– Movement Monday: Wildlife-themed yoga and other exercises

– Tales on Tuesday: Nature story reading

– Wildlife Wednesday: Learn fun facts about a specific animal

– Trail Thursday: Outdoor scavenger hunt

– Fun-Time Friday: Craft demonstrations and at-home experiments

In addition, follow the DDWS on Facebook for daily 30-second videos of wildlife and the refuge’s serene beauty each afternoon.

Download nature-themed activity books and craft ideas from the Ding at Home Webpage. It will also archive links from the refuge’s activity videos and from the 2020 “Ding” Darling Lecture Series live broadcasts.

“Education is not something we can let slide just because our Visitor & Education Center is closed and our programs sidelined for visitor safety,” Westland said. “We look forward to connecting with our peeps and connecting them with nature through the miracle of electronics.”