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Sunday Family Fun Day Celebrates Refuge

Sunday Family Fun Day will culminate the weekend-long “Ding” Darling Days at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, on Sanibel Island, from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., October 14. Activities will include a flag-raising ceremony by local Boy Scouts; birthday cake celebrating the 142nd birthday of Jay Darling; gift giveaways to the first 250 kids in the Refuge Visitor & Education Center; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service emergency response vehicles; animal yoga, environmental puppet shows, face painting and arts and crafts in the indoor Kidz Kool Zone; scavenger hunt; wildlife presentations by the clinic for the rehabilitation of wildlife; free narrated tram tours of Wildlife Drive, archery skills clinics for those 10 and older; access to the butterfly house; hot dogs and live music by the Americana Community Music Association. Continuous free shuttle service will run from the refuge’s tram parking lot on Sanibel-Captiva Road.

“We estimate the value of this free event to be up to $75 for a family of four,” says “Ding” Days committee chair Ranger Toni Westland. “But the value of family- and nature-bonding? You can’t put a price tag on that.”

Location: 1 Wildlife Dr. For more information, call 239-472-1100 or visit DingDarlingSociety.org.

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