"Ding" Days Calendar

2018 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

All events are subject to change.
(EC= “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center)
(TBE=
Tarpon Bay Explorers

 * Reservations recommended: Call 239-472-8900 

Friday, Oct. 12 LET'S GET OUTSIDE DAY  

7:30am-6:30pm Wildlife Drive is open FREE to hikers/bikers only; closed to vehicular traffic except special TBE trams throughout the day

8-11am FREE Bunche Beach Birding Tram, meet at EC flagpole

8:30-10am 25% OFF Breakfast Nature & Sea Life Cruise, TBE*

9-10am FREE Beach Walk at Perry Tract with Educator Sara Hallas, meet at Gulfside CIty Park pay station, city parking fees apply

9:30-11am FREE Refuge Birds & Wildlife Tour Caravan with Ranger Jeff, meet at EC flagpole

10am-12noon 25% off Low Tide Paddle, TBE*

10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm 25% off special Friday Narrated TBE Wildlife Drive Tram Tours

Ongoing 10am-3pm FREE Animal Olympics Games at Bailey Tract, self-guided, Tarpon Bay Rd. 

10am-11:30am FREE Refuge Bike Tour with Ranger Toni, meet at EC flagpole

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

1-2pm FREE Showing of Million Dollar Duck Film, EC Auditorium

1pm-2pm FREE Ranger Hike & Storytime at Wildlife Education Boardwalk with Ranger Monica, meet at EC flagpole

1-3pm 25% OFF Commodore Creek Paddle, TBE*

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

5-7pm 25% OFF Sunset Rookery Kayak Tour, TBE*
(Experience necessary)

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

Saturday, Oct. 13 CONSERVATION ART DAY  

FREE Chalk Art Drawing in the Parking Lot
FREE Wildlife Artist Nancy Tome Painting Demo
FREE Santiva Chronicle Dress-Up Photo Booth

ALL DAY: 10% off select art items in the Refuge Nature Store

7:30am-6:30pm FREE admission to Wildlife Drive; look for Plein-Air Artists.

9am FREE art kits for first 100 kids

10am, 11:30am, 1pm, and 2:30pm 25% OFF Narrated TBE Wildlife Drive Tram Tours*

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

10-11:30am FREE Face-Painting, EC

10am-12noon Low Tide Paddling Tour, TBE*

Ongoing 11am-1pm FREE Meet the Blue Goose for chances at prizes, EC

11am Dave Horton Personalized Wildlife Cartoons for first 50 guests

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

11:30am-12:30pm Conservation Cartoon Awards, EC Auditorium

12:30-1pm “Ding” Darling Days Nature Photography Contest Awards, EC Classroom

1-3pm Meet the Champs: Winning Duck Stamp Artists; Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) Awards, EC Auditorium 
Meet and greet with current Federal Duck Stamp winner Bob Hautman plus Federal JDS winner Rayen King and State JDS winner Anna Grace Swanson

(1:45pm Intermission: snacks and duck stamp signing)

1-3pm 25% OFF Commodore Creek Paddle, TBE*

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

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

Choice of FREE Activities:
3-4pm  Make & Take Nature Portrait (limited to first 25 children who sign up that day), EC Classroom
3-5pm Nature Sketching at the Wildlife Education Boardwalk with artist Nancy Tome, free journals and charcoal pencils for first 25 participants, meet at flagpole

 Sunday, Oct. 14 FREE FAMILY FUN DAY

A FREE day valued at $75 per family of four

ALL DAY: 10% off all select gifts in the Refuge Nature Store

* Reservations recommended: Call 239-472-8900 

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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