34th Annual "Ding" Darling Day
@ Lakes Park
APRIL 22, 2023
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Join us in 2022 for our annual "Ding" Darling Day. This year's family-centric event will be once again making the “great migration” across the Causeway to Lakes Park in Fort Myers to bring the Refuge to our local communities and a wider audience. The move is part of a larger Refuge System-wide Urban Initiative.
SCHEDULE OF FREE ACTIVITIES
(schedule subject to change)
10 a.m. “Ding” Darling Day opens at Lakes Park. Check in at Welcome Table in Main Pavilion for free goodie bag (one per family) and information.
10 a.m. Ranger-led Urban Birding for Beginners: 30 minutes, 20-guest maximum
10 a.m. Caminata de Avistamiento de Aves: 30 minutos, 20 personas maximo
10 a.m. Bring-Your-Own-Bike Tour: 1-mile loop, 1 hour, 10-guest maximum
11 a.m. Mindfulness Walk: 30 minutes, 10-guest maximum
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free Southern SnoBalls: Main Pavilion, compliments of DDWS with proof of "Ding" Day participation (while supplies last)
12 p.m. Ranger-led Urban Birding Walk: 30 minutes, 20-guest maximum
12 p.m. Caminata de Avistamiento de Animales de Urbanos: 30 minutos, 20 personas maximo
1 p.m. Nature Journaling Walk with Artist-in-Residence Rachel Pierce: 1 hour, 15-guest maximum
FREE ONGOING ACTIVITIES 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
WoW (Wildlife on Wheels) mobile interactive experience touring
Dunk Tank in the Main Pavilion, see schedule of “celebrity dunkees” at tank and Welcome Table
Wildlife Olympics, Main Pavilion
Plein-Air Art Demos with Artists in Residence, Main Pavilion
Conservation Carnival Games hosted by partnering exhibitors in tents around Pavilion
Earth Day crafts at WoW and in Main Pavilion
Face Painting, Main Pavilion
Selfie Station near Main Pavilion
Prizes upon check-out at Welcome Table
Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.