“Ding” Darling Days

10/14/2018 @ 9:45 am – 7:00 pm
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge
1 Wildlife Dr
Florida 33957
(239) 472-1100

9:45am Flag-raising ceremony, EC entrance

10am Sing to “Ding!” Free birthday cake to celebrate “Ding” Darling’s 142nd birthday (Oct. 21) & giveaway of free reusable goody bags giveaway to the first 250 kids, EC Auditorium

10am-12noon 25% OFF Commodore Creek Paddle, TBE*

10:30am-2:30pm FREE Live music from the Americana Community Music Association

10:30am FREE Walk on the Wildlife Side Puppet Show, Littleton Elementary, EC Auditorium Kidz Kool Zone

11am FREE Live Wildlife Presentation: Birds of Prey by CROW, EC parking lot

11am-12:30pm 25% OFF Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE*

12noon FREE One Tiny Turtle story and sea turtle craft with Ranger Toni, EC Kidz Kool Zone Auditorium

12noon FREE Make & Take Nature Portrait (limited to first 25 middle school children who sign up that day), EC Kidz Kool Zone Classroom

12noon FREE People & Panthers program, EC parking lot

12:30pm FREE The Black Water Mystery Puppet Show, Littleton Elementary, EC Kidz Kool Zone Auditorium

1pm FREE Kids Animal Yoga program by Ambu Yoga and Ranger Toni, EC Kidz Kool Zone Auditorium

1pm FREE Live Wildlife Presentation: Do’s & Don’ts of Animal Rescue by CROW, EC parking lot

1-3pm 25% OFF Commodore Creek Paddle

1:30pm FREE Spiny Stranger Puppet Show, Littleton Elementary, EC Cool Kid’s Zone Auditorium

1:30-3pm 25% OFF Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE*

 2pm FREE Snakes Alive! program with Calusa Herpetological Society, EC parking lot

2pm FREE Reddish Egrets & Mangrove Cuckoos Research Show-&-Tell by Dr. Ken Meyer, EC Auditorium

5-7pm 25% OFF Sunset Rookery Kayak Tour, TBE*

5-7pm 25% OFF Evening Sea Life & Nature Cruise

FREE & continuous throughout the day

  • FREE naturalist-narrated 60-minute tram tours (check in at tram booth upon arrival)
  • FREE Refuge System response vehicles and demos, EC parking lot
  • FREE archery demos and clinics, adjacent to upper parking lot
  • FREE Learning Lavatories Scavenger Hunt, pick up sheets from info table, drawing for five prizes
  • FREE Let’s Get Outdoors canvas painting, EC Kidz Kool Zone
  • FREE live music, EC parking lot
  • FREE fly-fishing demos, Sanibel Fly Fishers
  • FREE face painting, EC Kidz Kool Zone
  • FREE hot dogs, EC parking lot
  • FREE Butterfly House, EC parking lot
  • FREE Santiva Chroicle Dress-Up Photo Station, EC Kidz Kool Zone
  • FREE parking at Special Events Parking site (look for signs)
  • FREE shuttle service
  • FREE hands-on nature crafts, EC parking lot
  • FREE environmental displays and informational booths with giveaways, EC parking lot
  • FREE Special 2017 Federal & Junior Duck Stamp Art Exhibit, EC Auditorium 

* Reservations recommended: Call 239-472-8900


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