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Refuge marks first Virtual Earth Day

By Staff | May 13, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Lilyana Conti, 3, works on the recycled craft challenge at home with mother Kinti, who worked as an education intern at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge in the summer of 2011.

COVID-19 could not stop the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge from celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22. Refuge and education staff took it to the Internet with five Earth Day challenges on Facebook. Throughout the day, the page challenged followers to do a backyard scavenger hunt, pick up trash in their neighborhood, turn off the power for an hour, make a recycled craft, and prepare a meatless dinner. Each of the five posts reached an audience of over 2,000, with the recycled craft the favorite at 2,616. Anyone who completed three of the five challenges received a free prize compliments of the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge. To receive your prize, contact the Education Team at educator@dingdarlingsociety.org. Those interested can still complete the challenges by visiting www.facebook.com/dingdarlingrefuge or the #DingatHome Webpage.