The Latest Updates

COVID-19

 
OPEN
 
Wildlife Drive (7:00-8:00 Saturday through Thursday - closed Friday); entrance fees reinstated as of August 3.
"America's Best Restrooms" and the water bottle fill station also reopen August 3 daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hiking trails and restrooms along Wildlife Drive
Trails at Bailey Tract
Tarpon Bay Explorers, the Refuge's recreation concession: rentals, paddling tours, limited boat tours (at 50% capacity), fishing charters, boat ramp, and gift shop are open. Wildlife Drive tram tours will recommence on August 4 every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1:30 pm.. Call 239-472-8900 for the latest information. 
 
 
CLOSINGS (until further notice)
 
"Ding" Darling Visitor & Education Center
DDWS Office (staff is accessible by phone - 239-472-1100 ext. 232 - or email)
 
CANCELLATION
 
Free Summer Refuge Programs - June 8-August 8, 2020
"Ding" Darling Day, October 18, is on hold until further notice
 
POSTPONEMENT
 
May 22 - "Ding" Darling & Doc Ford's Tarpon Tournament postponed until May 14, 2020
August 19 - New Water Exhibit Unveiling postponed indefinitely 
August - Clyde Butcher Book-Signing postponed until December 2020
 
CHANGE OF VENUE/FORMAT
 
Friday Lecture Series - A limited schedule of five lectures will be held at the Sanibel House. Click HERE for schedule.
 
Stay tuned to this site for more news of cancellations, closings, and reopenings. 
 
 

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