"Ding" Days Calendar

2019 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
for Sunday, Oct. 20

All events are subject to change.

(EC= “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center)
(TBE=
Tarpon Bay Explorers)

 

ACTIVITIES


10am Nature Sketching on Indigo Trail, meet at EC flagpole
10am Wildlife Yoga, EC Kidz Kool Zone
11am iPhone Photography Walk, meet at EC flagpole 
12noon Wildlife Origami, EC Kidz Kool Zone
1pm Paint-Along Make-and-Take, EC Kidz Kool Zone
2pm Personalized Wildlife Cartoons by Dave Horton, EC Kidz Kool Zone

Ongoing

FREE admission to Wildlife Drive, look for Plein-Air Artists
FREE Stand-up Paddle Boarding Clinics (9am-noon), TBE
FREE Refuge System response vehicles and demos, EC parking lot
FREE live music

FREE archery demos and clinics, adjacent to north parking lot 
FREE live music, EC parking lot
FREE fly-fishing demos, Sanibel Fly Fishers, EC lawn
FREE face painting, EC Kidz Kool Zone
FREE hot dogs, EC parking lot
FREE Butterfly House, EC parking lot
FREE parking at Special Events Parking site (look for signs)
FREE shuttle service from parking to EC and TBE
FREE hands-on nature crafts, EC parking lot 
FREE environmental displays and informational booths with giveaways, EC parking lot 

TOURS

* Reservations recommended: Call 239-472-8900 or visit online.

8am FREE Birding with a Biologist, meet at the EC flagpole
9am FREE Bike the Refuge (4 miles), meet at the EC flagpole
10am-4pm FREE Tram Tours depart hourly, sign in at Tram Booth upon arrival
10am FREE Birding Indigo Trail, meet at the EC flagpole
10am-12noon 25% OFF Commodore Creek Paddle, TBE*
11am-12:30pm 25% OFF Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE*
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*
5-7pm 25% OFF Evening Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE*

PRESENTATIONS

10-10:30am  FREE “Ding” Darling Days Nature Photography Contest Awards, EC Classroom
10am-11am FREE Live Wildlife Presentation: Birds of Prey by CROW, EC parking lot
11:30am-12:30pm FREE Conservation Cartoon Awards, EC Auditorium

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DISREGARD WHAT'S BELOW


1-3pm FREE Meet the Champs: Winning Duck Stamp Artists; Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) Awards, EC Auditorium 
Meet and greet with current Federal Duck Stamp winner Scot Storm plus Federal JDS winner Nicole Jeon and State JDS winner Anna Grace Swanson

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

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

1:30-3pm 25% OFF 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 EC flagpole 

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

5-7pm 25% OFF Commodore Creek Paddle, TBE*

 Sunday, Oct. 20 FREE FAMILY FUN DAY

A FREE day valued at $75 per family of four

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

* Reservations recommended: Call 239-472-8900 or visit online.

9:45am Flag-raising ceremony, EC entrance

10am Sing to "Ding!" Free birthday cake to celebrate "Ding" Darling's 143rd 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*

10am-3pm FREE Continuous Touch Tanks, TBE

10am-4pm FREE Narrated TBE Wildlife Drive Tram Tours on the Hour, sign up at tram booth in parking lot upon arrival

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, TBE*

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, TBE*


FREE & continuous throughout the day

  • FREE Refuge System response vehicles and demos, EC parking lot
  • FREE archery demos and clinics, adjacent to north 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 parking at Special Events Parking site (look for signs)
  • FREE shuttle service from parking to EC and TBE
  • FREE hands-on nature crafts, EC parking lot 
  • FREE environmental displays and informational booths with giveaways, EC parking lot
  • FREE Special 2018 Federal & Junior Duck Stamp Art Exhibit, EC Auditorium 

* Reservations recommended: Call 239-472-8900 or visit online.

 

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