Who Is J.N. "Ding" Darling?

A pioneering conservationist and Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist of the 1920s to 1940s, Jay Norwood Darling signed his name "Ding."

Friends of "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge

We are a nonprofit that financially supports nature conservation, wildlife protection, and education efforts for J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel and Captiva islands in Southwest Florida.

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Hours & Info

Wildlife Drive Hours (Closed Fridays)

7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Visitor & Education Center Hours 

9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Society Office Hours

8:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday


P.O. Box 565
1 Wildlife Dr.
Sanibel Island, FL 33957


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Learn more about the "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society

360 Tour

Take a 360 Tour of the Visitor & Education Center!

Click HERE to take 10 different tours. Thanks to Larry Strange, Jr., for volunteering his time and skills to make this possible for Google Maps and other uses. 

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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.


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