The Latest Updates


"Ding" Darling Visitor & Education Center open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Front Desk only; exhibits closed)
Refuge Nature Store flagship open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 12:30 to 4 p.m.
Nature Store2 at 2250 Periwinkle Way open Tuesday-Saturday 1- a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wildlife Drive (7:00-5:30 Saturday through Thursday - closed Friday); new entrance fees in effect.
"America's Best Restrooms" and the water bottle fill station daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Trails at Bailey Tract open daily sunrise to sunset
Tarpon Bay Explorers, the Refuge's recreation concession: rentals, tram tours (at 50% capacity), paddling tours, limited boat tours (at 50% capacity), fishing charters, boat ramp, and gift shop are open. Call 239-472-8900 for the latest information and reservations. 
CLOSINGS (until further notice)
DDWS Office is closed (staff is accessible by phone - 239-472-1100 ext. 232 - or email).
May 22 - "Ding" Darling & Doc Ford's Tarpon Tournament postponed until May 14, 2020
August - Clyde Butcher Book-Signing postponed until February 2021
October 18 - "Ding" Darling Day is postponed to December 1, 2020, as part of the 75th Refuge Anniversary Celebration.
December 1, 2020 - DDWS Annual Meeting venue changed to Zoom format
2021 Lecture Series - A limited schedule of five lectures will be held at the Sanibel House. Click HERE for listings.
Stay tuned to this site for more news of cancellations, closings, and reopenings. 
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