Ding at Home

Learning about nature is always important for kids and adults alike. During this climate of social distancing and self-isolation, it became crucial that we nourished 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.  



Click on each day to link to video archives for each theme:

Bi-Lingual Activities from the WoW Team

Invertibrate Scrabble/Scrabble de Invertertebrados  

What Plant Am I?/Que Planta Soy? Crossword

Other Crafts & Activities to Download


All About Alligators Activity Book

Junior Ranger Activity Book (Part 1)

Junior Ranger Activity Book (Part 2)

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


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

2021 Lecture Series Videos 

Dr. David Guggenheim Lecture, January 29 

Clyde & Niki Butcher Lecture, February 4

Jack Davis Lecture, February 19

Paul Bannick Lecture, March 12

Kirk W. Johnson Lecture, March 19