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New Activities for ‘Ding’ Darling Days

New activities and programs will mark the 29th annual “Ding” Darling Days birding and eco-festival from October 15 to 21 at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, on Sanibel Island.

Family Fun Day will take place on October 15 and includes the debut of the new #LearningLav exhibit, transforming the Visitor and Education Center restrooms into marine life exhibits, beginning with a ceremony at 10 a.m., followed by a free goodie bag giveaway, Kids’ Animal Yoga by Ambu Yoga and Ranger Toni, live animal presentations by CROW, the 97.7 Latino Hits Van from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the inaugural performance of the Sanibel School Drumming Band from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Free refuge tours, archery clinics, hot dogs, a butterfly house and kids’ nature crafts will also be available, along with the Florida WaterVentures Traveling Lab, a 53-foot traveling science center arriving on October 16.

New free programs throughout the week include horseshoe crab clinics, a bee presentation, a Making Calusa Mounds of Midden program by archaeologist Theresa Schober and film showings.

Location: 1 Wildlife Dr. For the full calendar of events, visit For more information, call 239-472-1100 or visit

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