"Ding" Darling Wildlife Society's support of annual and one-time events is two-fold: education and fundraising.
NOTE: All Refuge lands and waters are currently closed due to damage from Hurricane Ian on September 28.
Art in the Wild takes place in October to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week and the birthday of our namesake, Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling.
In April, the Refuge takes its signature "Ding" Darling Day off island to spread the word about the Refuge and conservation to the greater community.
In May, our "Ding" Darling & Doc Ford's Tarpon Tournament both educates and supports the Refuge. Generous sponsors and silent auction donors help us raise more than $100,000 each year while we further conservation awareness in the "catch, care, release" competition.
We hold our biggest annual fundraiser each February. Go Wild for "Ding" brings supporters and friends together for an evening of live entertainment, local restaurant delicacies, and silent and live auctions.
Each winter season, DDWS also hosts its popular Lecture Series.