Press Release Archives

Refuge FAQs

To request more information, please contact Chelle Koster Walton.  



Refuge offers 3 Wildlife Drive free-access days during ‘Ding’ Days’ 9/17

 'Ding' Darling Reopening Schedule (post-Hurricane Irma) 9/17

 Free Wildlife Drive admission celebrates National Public Lands Day at the Refuge 9/17

‘Ding’ Darling Days themes spotlight family, pollinators, art 8/17

‘Ding’ Days photo contest deadline Sept. 15 8/17

Periwinkle Park joins ‘Ding’ Days sponsors 8/17

DDWS promotes Galloway to assistant office manager 8/17

Sanibel Moorings joins ‘Ding’ Days sponsors 8/17

‘Ding’ Darling extends holiday happy hours for shoppers 8/17

DDWS teacher grants deadline Oct. 31 8/17

Island Condo joins ‘Ding’ Days sponsors 7/17 

Refuge reveals new activities for ‘Ding’ Darling Days 2017 7/17

DDWS hires teacher to help with refuge education staffing shortages 7/17

New exhibits heighten refuge’s Bailey Tract experience 7/17

Federal senior pass cost to increase Aug. 28 7/17

‘Ding’ Days photo contest opens 7/17

Blue Giraffe Great Egret sponsor for “Ding” Days 2017 6/17

Doc Ford’s  top “Ding” Days sponsors for 2017 6/17

Additional ‘Ding’ summer help arrives 6/17

‘Ding’ tarpon tournament breaks records 5/17

Dollar-for-dollar challenge grant comes to refuge education aid 5/17

‘Ding’ tarpon tournament victors win big 5/17

 ‘Ding’ STAR teacher helps with environmental education 5/17

Manatee ‘sculptirelaunches project #LearningLav at ‘Ding’ Darling 5/17

 Save the date for 29th annual “Ding” Darling Days 5/17

‘Ding’ Darling awards scholarships for environmental studies 5/17

 ‘Ding’ Darling presents Doc Ford’s with permanent tarpon trophy 5/17

‘Ding’ free summer programs begin June 7 4/17

 Sprankle sculpture raises $115K for two island charities 4/17

‘Ding’ Darling announces Platinum Sponsors of sixth annual tarpon tournament 4/17

‘Ding’ Darling dedicates sixth annual tarpon tournament to Don Wildman 4/17

‘Ding’ Darling announces Premier Sponsors of sixth annual tarpon tournament 4/17

‘Ding’ Darling’s Wulfert land acquisition a success 3/17

Sprankle sculpture goes up for auction to benefit two island charities 3/17

‘Raptor whisperer’ to share insights from eagle, osprey nests at ‘Ding’ lecture 3/17

‘Ding’ free summer programs begin June 7 3/17

Biking, hiking, programs on tap for Earth Day at the Refuge 3/17

March 31 DDWS scholarships application deadline 2/17

Go Solar, Sanibel!  Learn the latest about solar energy 2/17 

Doc Ford’s co-sponsors sixth annual tarpon tournament 2/17

‘Ding’ to host private dinner lecture with Douglas Brinkley 2/17

‘Ding’ Darling announces high school photo contest winners 2/17

‘Ding’ Darling takes possession of additional acreage 2/17

Refuge, DDWS honor volunteers 2/17

‘Ding’ Darling to host Audubon-inspired art exhibition 2/17

New rubbing table enhances the family experience at ‘Ding’ Darling 2/17

Refuge Nature Store welcomes new staff 1/17

One-of-a-kind art on auction block for Go Wild for ‘Ding 1/17 

Free refuge programs begin Jan. 3 12/16

Animal Planet film follows duck stamp mania at 'Ding' 12/16

‘Ding’ film offers hope for renewable energy future 12/16

‘Ding’ film investigates truth behind vanishing species 12/16

DiCaprio’s Before the Flood to air at ‘Ding’ 12/16 

Why Just One? documentary to explore sea turtle mortality at ‘Ding’ 12/16 

Mullet documentary jump starts ‘Ding’ film series 12/16

Seed: The Untold Story documentary to explore the future of food at ‘Ding’ 12/16 

‘Ding’ film ​ ​Sonic Sea examines ocean noise pollution 12/16

‘Ding’ Darling announces 2017 film series lineup 12/16 

Ding’ awards $10K in school conservation education grants 11/16

Special ‘Ding’ lecture flies worldwide with ospreys 11/16 

Admire the photography of Clyde Butcher at ‘Ding’ lecture 11/16

‘Wildest woman in America’ topic of ‘Ding’ lecture 11/16

Living with wildlife in the neighborhood topic of ‘Ding’ lecture 11/16

‘Ding’ lecturers to discuss effects of climate change on birds 11/16

‘Ding’ lecture follows a naturalist’s fishing excursions 11/16

‘Ding’ lecturer to discuss ‘CSI for wildlife’ 11/16

‘Ding’ lecture to explore the islands of Pine Island Sound 11/16

‘Ding’ Darling lecture takes ‘twisted’ look at the wilds 11/16

Sobczak, predators wind up ‘Ding’ lecture series 2017 11/16

‘Ding’ lecturer follows mountain lion’s journey 11/16

Cornell collaborator celebrates bird sights, sounds at ‘Ding’ lecture 11/16

 Bird artist, naturalist to share baby birds at ‘Ding’ lecture 11/16 

Save the date Go Wild for ‘Ding’ – Give a Hoot 10/16

DDWS announces ‘Ding’ Days photo contest winners 10/16

Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit speaker series presents ‘Blue Revolution’ 10/16

‘Ding’ film swims with sharks 10/16

‘Ding’ film captures disappearing glaciers 10/16

‘Ding’ film revisits BP Deepwater Horizon disaster 10/16

‘Ding’ film imagines world without fish 10/16

‘Ding’ film takes trip to Great Pacific Garbage Patch 10/16

Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit programming presents family H-2-GO Saturdays 10/16

Photographer-advocate John Moran to present during ‘Ding’ Darling’s Water/Ways exhibit  10/16

 DDWS announces ‘Ding’ Days photo contest winners 10/16

‘Ding’ Water/Ways film follows Florida sea turtle’s 25-year journey 10/16

Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit opens with noted marine scientist appearance 10/16

Refuge welcomes new interns 10/16

Photographer-advocate John Moran to present during ‘Ding’ Darling’s Water/Ways exhibit  10/16

Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit opens Oct. 28 at ‘Ding’ Darling 10/16

Duck Stamp artists, hands-on workshops headline free Conservation Art Day 10/16    

‘Ding’ Darling’s Water/Ways exhibit programming to feature water quality panel 10/16

SanCap Solar Connect congratulates island businesses, organizations 10/16

‘Ding’ Darling hosts fourth annual photo contest for high schoolers 10/16 

Refuge offers 3 Wildlife Drive free-access days during ‘Ding’ Days’ 10/16 

Live bird presentations, games, crafts highlights of free ‘Ding’ Family Fun Day 2016 10/16

Engulfed art show to accompany Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit at ‘Ding’ Darling 10/16

Free Wildlife Drive admission celebrates National Public Lands Day at the Refuge 9/16

‘Ding’ Darling extends holiday happy hours for shoppers 9/16

‘Ding’ Darling Wildlife Society promotes intern to staff 9/16

‘Ding’ Darling’s Water/Ways exhibit programming to feature film festival 9/16

‘Ding’ Darling again issues free passes for fourth graders, tops charts last year 9/16

‘Ding’ Darling lecture series visits Subirdia, baby birds, Big Cypress Swamp 9/16

Mangrove cuckoo studies resume at ‘Ding’ 9/16

‘Ding’ Darling Days themes spotlight migratory birds, art, Darling’s birthday 9/16 

DDWS teacher grants deadline Oct. 31 8/16

 Free ‘Ding’ Darling Kids Fishing Derby Thanksgiving weekend 8/16 

‘Ding’ Days 2016 to feature free International Birders Film Festival 8/16

‘Ding’ Darling Wildlife Society unveils new reactive web site 8/16

‘Ding’ Darling’s Water/Ways exhibit programming to feature guest speaker series 8/16

‘Ding’ Darling’s Water/Ways exhibit programming to feature interactive WaterVentures traveling lab 7/16

 Refuge Nature Store welcomes new staff 7/16 

‘Ding’ Days celebrates 2016 Migratory Bird Treaty centennial #birdyear 7/16

Celebrity birders Don & Lillian Stokes return for private refuge birding tours 7/16

 Refuge welcomes more summer staffing 6/16

Doc Ford’s  top “Ding” Days sponsor for 2016 6/16

Refuge Nature Store promotes new manager 6/16

‘Ding’ Darling awards scholarships for environmental studies 5/16

Smithsonian Exhibit coming to ‘Ding’ 5/16 

Save the date for 27th annual “Ding” Darling Days 5/16

‘Ding’ announces free summer programs line-up 5/16

'Ding' tarpon tournament breaks records 5/16

Deadline April 29 for ‘Ding’ Darling summer day camp 4/16

Biking, hiking, crafts for Earth Day 4/16

 ‘Ding’ Darling to host 2016 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Judging for first time ever 3/16

‘Ding’ Darling extends SanCap Solar Connect deadline 2/16

‘Ding’ Darling announces second annual summer day camp 2/16

‘Ding’ Darling announces campaign to purchase Wulfert Road parcel 2/16

Refuge, DDWS honor volunteers 2/16

Registration for fifth annual ‘Ding’ Darling & Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament open through April 29 2/16

March 31 DDWS scholarships application deadline 1/16

Go Wild for ‘Ding’ highlights reddish egret 1/16

Refuge welcomes 2016 biology interns 1/16 

SanCap Solar Connect fields strong response 1/16

‘Ding’ film winds up season anti-plastic 1/16

‘Ding’ film imagines world without fish 1/16

‘Ding’ film investigates fate of horseshoe crabs, birds that feed on their eggs 1/16

‘Ding’ film takes trip to Great Pacific Garbage Patch 1/16

‘Ding’ film investigates the global battle over sand 1/16

‘Ding’ series seeks solutions to collapsing honeybee population 1/16

Refuge to air film sneak peek 1/16

Save date for fifth annual “Ding” Darling & Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament 1/16

‘The Cove’ film raises dolphin slaughter controversy at  ‘Ding’ film series 1/16 



Support Us

Donate and make a difference!

Making a charitable contribution is easy and tax deductible. You can donate online by clicking the Support the Refuge button below. Once you have registered or logged in, you can choose to make a Regular Donation, a Memorial to remember a departed loved one, or an Honorarium as a special gift to a nature-loving friend or family member.


Choose a donation type


Enter the donation amount

Ding Darling Mobile App

Discover Ding

Download the Discover Nature app

Download on the App StoreAndroid app on Google play