"Ding" Darling Days

35th Annual "Ding" Darling Day Conservation Carnival @ Lakes Park

April 20, 2024 • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Join us Saturday, April 20, 2024, to celebrate the annual "Ding" Darling Day and Earth Day. This year's family-centric event once again will be making the “great migration” across the Causeway to bring the Refuge to our local communities and a wider audience. The move is part of a larger Refuge System-wide Community Connection Initiative. 


CLICK HERE for schedule in Spanish.

Ongoing (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)

Nature-theme carnival games and prizes, snowcone truck, live music, face-painting, rock-climbing, dunk tank, Hover-Ball Archery, live painting demos by "Ding" Darling's Artist in Residence Jacqui Roch, Wildlife Olympics, and Earth Day shell craft.


10 a.m.

“Ding” Darling Day opens at Lakes Park. Check in and receive information at Welcome Table in Main Pavilion.

10:30 a.m.

Nature Photography: 45minutes, 20-guest maximum

11 a.m.

Ranger-led Kids Nature Hunt: 45 minutes, 20-children maximum

11:30 a.m.

Cultural Birding Walk with Ranger Yvette: 45 minutes, 20-guest maximum

12:30 p.m.

       Sketch & Stroll Nature Journaling: 45 minutes,20-guest maximum



Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.