"Ding" Darling Days


34th Annual "Ding" Darling Day 
Conservation Carnival
@ 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 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 Sweet Treats, 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 

Visit WoW!


WoW (Wildlife on Wheels) mobile interactive experience touring

Air-Ball Archery Game & Archery Instruction

Rock-Climbing Wall

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



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