Ding at Home

Learning about nature is always important for kids and adults alike. During this climate of social distancing and self-isolation, it becomes crucial that we nourish our souls with the beauty and wonder of wildlife and its habitat.

To keep fans of the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge in touch with nature during these challenging times, we have created virtual experiences that all ages can enjoy from home. Keep in touch with #DingAtHome via social media and this ever-evolving web page. 

EYE ON NATURE: Check out these real-time Wildlife Web Cams to observe nature from your home. 


Follow the Official Refuge Facebook page for daily themed activity videos at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. 
Here's the schedule; click on each day to link to video archives for each theme:

Other Crafts & Activities to Download


All About Alligators Activity Book

Kids' Coastal Activity Book

Look Who's Flying! Activity Book

Saving Sea Turtles Activity Book

Snowy Plovers Activity Book


Birds & Their Eggs





Refuge Wildlife Word Search

What Refuge Bird Are You? Quiz

Wild Word Games

Amazing Monarchs

Marine Biologist


   Bat Puppet Template

   Bat Puppet Instructions

Owl Puppet Template

   Owl Puppet Instructions

Manatee Puppet Instructions

   Manatee Puppet Template

Bobcat Mask

River Otter Puppet Instructions

   River Otter Puppet Template

Crab Craft (need paper plate and optional popsicle stick)


Manatee Mask

EYE ON NATURE: Check out these real-time Wildlife Web Cams to observe nature from your home. 


Follow the "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society page for daily 30-second videos of wildlife and the Refuge's calming beauty each afternoon. 

2020 Lecture Series Videos 

Nancy Judd Lecture, March 13

Craig Pittman Lecture, February 28

Jeff Klinkenberg Lecture, February 21

Cynthia Barnett Lecture, Feburary 14

Ron Magill Lecture, February 7

Marina Marchese Lecture, January 31

Clyde Butcher Lecture, January 24

Julie Zickefoose Lecture, January 17

Ding Darling Mobile App

Discover Ding

Download the Discover Nature app

Download on the App StoreAndroid app on Google play