Free Summer Programs at ‘Ding’ Darling

One of the most spectacular places on Sanibel Island is the J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge. Its summer programs – offered this year from June 7 through August 5 – includes weekly guided walks, Wildlife Wonders talks and nature crafts.


Reading in the Refuge
10 – 10:45 a.m.
Visitor & Education Center classroom
Wildlife-related reading and craft session


Indigo Trail Hike
10 – 11 a.m.
Meet at flagpole in front of Visitor & Education Center
Naturalists identify and discuss birds, animals, reptiles & plants native to the refuge


Family Beach Walk
9 – 10 a.m.
Meets at Gulfside Park (parking fees apply)
Explore the refuge’s gulf front Perry Tract


Wildlife Wonders
11 a.m.
Visitor & Education Center auditorium
Education staff leads an indoor program about the refuge’s native animals

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