"Ding" Days Calendar

2017 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

All events are subject to change.
(EC= “Ding” Darling Education Center)
(TBE=
Tarpon Bay Explorers

Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 FREE FAMILY FUN DAY

A FREE day valued at $75 per family of four

ALL DAY: 10% off all select gifts in the Refuge Nature Store

9:45am Flag-raising ceremony, EC entrance

10am FREE #LearningLav Exhibit Toilet Paper Cutting, outside EC, followed by giveaway of free reusable goody bags giveaway to the first 500 kids, EC Auditorium

10am-12noon 97.7 Latino Hits Van

11am FREE Live Wildlife Presentation: Birds of Prey by CROW, EC parking lot

12noon FREE This Is the Sea that Feeds Us story and fish craft, with Ranger Toni, EC Auditorium

12noon FREE People & Panthers program, Florida Wildlife Commission, EC parking lot

1pm FREE Kids Animal Yoga program by Ambu Yoga and Ranger Toni, EC Auditorium

1pm FREE Live Wildlife Presentation: Do's & Don'ts of Animal Rescue by CROW, EC parking lot

1:30-3pm Live The Sanibel School Steel Drumming Band

 2pm FREE Snakes Alive! program with Calusa Herpetological Society, EC parking lot


FREE & continuous throughout the day

  • FREE naturalist-narrated 60-minute tram tours (check in at tram booth upon arrival)
  • FREE Florida WaterVentures Traveling Lab, parking lot
  • FREE archery demos and clinics, adjacent to overflow parking lot
  • FREE Shell Love Bug photo op, Lee County VCB
  • FREE fly-fishing demos, Sanibel Flyfishing
  • FREE Get the Lead Out fishing tackle exchange, Refuge Monofilament Busters
  • FREE face painting, EC
  • FREE hot dogs
  • FREE Dress-Up Photo Station, EC
  • FREE parking at Special Events Parking site (look for signs)
  • FREE shuttle service
  • FREE hands-on nature crafts 
  • FREE environmental displays and informational booths with giveaways
  • FREE Special 2016 Federal & Junior Duck Stamp Art Exhibit, EC Auditorium 

Monday through Saturday

10am, 11:30, 1pm, 2:30, 4pm 25% OFF Narrated TBE Wildlife Drive Tram Tours*: $9.75 adults, $6 children

Daylong FREE Special 2016 Federal & Junior Duck Stamp Art Exhibit, EC Auditorium

Daylong FREE Santiva Chronicle Dress-Up Photo Station, EC

Daylong 10% off select gifts in the Refuge Nature Store, EC 


* Reservations recommended: Call 239-472-8900

 

Monday, Oct. 16 LET'S GO ON A HIKE DAY  

Ongoing all day Florida WaterVentures Traveling Lab, EC parking lot

Ongoing all day Scavenger Hunt Bingo at Bailey Tract, on your own

Ongoing all day Animal Olympics, Indigo Trail, on your own

8:30-10am 25% OFF Breakfast Nature & Sea Life Cruise, TBE*

9:30-11am FREE Refuge Birds & Wildlife Tour Caravan, meet at EC flagpole

10am-12noon 25% OFF Commodore Creek Paddle, TBE*

11am-12noon FREE Ranger Hike & Storytime at Wildlife Education Boardwalk, meet at EC flagpole 

11am-12:30pm 25% OFF Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE* 

Ongoing 11am-1pm FREE Meet the Blue Goose for chances at prizes, EC

1-2pm FREE Showing of The Lorax Film, EC Auditorium

1-3pm 25% OFF Commodore Creek Paddle, TBE*

1:30-3pm 25% OFF Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE*

5-7pm 25% OFF Sunset Rookery Kayak Tour, TBE*
(Experience necessary)

5-7pm 25% OFF Evening Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE*  

Tuesday, Oct. 17  BEACH & WATER DAY
                  
9-10am FREE Beach Walk at Perry Tract
Meet at Gulfside Park pay station, city parking fees apply

9:30-11am FREE Refuge Birds & Wildlife Tour Caravan, meet at EC flagpole

10am-12noon 25% OFF Commodore Creek Paddle, TBE*

10-10:30am FREE Horseshoe Crab Presentation by Jack and Patty Wettstein, EC Auditorium

10:30am-12noon FREE Hands-on Horseshoe Crab Clinic, EC Classroom

11am-12:30pm 25% OFF Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE* 

1-2pm FREE Showing of Crash: A Tale of Two Species Film, EC Auditorium

2-3:30pm FREE Hands-on Horseshoe Crab Clinic to follow, EC Classroom

1-3pm 25% OFF Commodore Creek Paddle, TBE*

1:30-3pm 25% OFF Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE*

2:30-3pm Kick-off "Clear Your Gear" campaign, Wildlife Drive launch #2

5-7pm 25% OFF Evening Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE*  

5-7pm 25% OFF sunset Rooker Kayak Tour, TBE*
(Experience necessary)
                         

Wednesday, Oct. 18 BEES & BUTTERFLIES DAY

8:30-10am 25% OFF Breakfast Nature & Sea Life Cruise, TBE*

9:30-11am FREE Refuge Birds & Wildlife Tour Caravan, meet at EC flagpole

10am-11am FREE Showing of Wings of Life Film, EC Auditorium

10am-12noon 25% OFF Commodore Creek Paddle, TBE*

11am-12:30pm 25% OFF Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE*

1-2pm FREE What's the Buzz? bee program, by Keith Councell, Councell Farms, EC Auditorium

1-3pm 25% OFF Commodore Creek Paddle, TBE*

1:30-3pm 25% OFF Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE*

5-7pm 25% OFF Sunset Rookery Kayak Tour, TBE*
(Experience necessary)

5-7pm 25% OFF Evening Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE*
 

Thursday, Oct. 19 CALUSA DAY

9:30-11am FREE Refuge Birds & Wildlife Tour Caravan, meet at EC flagpole

10am-12noon 25% OFF Commodore Creek Paddle, TBE*

11am-12:30pm 25% OFF Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE* 

1-2pm FREE Making Calusa Mounds of Midden program, by Archaeologist Theresa Schober, EC Auditorium

1-3pm 25% OFF Commodore Creek Paddle, TBE*

1:30-3pm 25% OFF Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE*

2-3pm FREE Guided Tour of Calusa Shell Mound Trail with Jack and Patty Wettstein, meet at the EC flagpole

5-7pm 25% OFF Evening Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE*  

5-7pm 25% OFF Sunset Rookery Kayak Tour, TBE*
(Experience necessary) 

 

Friday, Oct. 20 DUCK STAMP DAY  

7-10am FREE Bunche Beach Birding Tram, meet at EC flagpole

7:30am-6:30pm Wildlife Drive is open FREE to hikers/bikers only; closed to vehicular traffic except special TBE trams throughout the day

8:30-10am 25% OFF Breakfast Nature & Sea Life Cruise, TBE*

10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm 25% off special Friday Narrated TBE Wildlife Drive Tram Tours

Ongoing 10am-3pm FREE Animal Olympics Games at Bailey Tract, self-guided, Tarpon Bay Rd. 

10am-11:30am FREE Refuge Bike Tour with Ranger Toni, meet at EC flagpole

11am-12:30pm 25% OFF Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE* 

1-2pm FREE Showing of Million Dollar Duck Film, EC Auditorium

1-3pm 25% OFF Commodore Creek Paddle, TBE*

1:30-3pm 25% OFF Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE*

5-7pm 25% OFF Sunset Rookery Kayak Tour, TBE*
(Experience necessary)

 5-7pm 25% OFF Evening Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE*
 

Saturday, Oct. 21  CONSERVATION ART DAY 
 

FREE art kits for first 200 kids
FREE Duck Stamp Artist John Brennan Painting Demo
FREE Cake & snacks to celebrate "Ding" Darling's 141 Birthday
FREE Santiva Chronicle Dress-Up Photo Booth

ALL DAY: 10% off select art items in the Refuge Nature Store

7:30am-6:30pm FREE admission to Wildlife Drive; look for Plein-Air Artists.

10am, 11:30am, and 1pm 25% OFF Narrated TBE Wildlife Drive Tram Tours*

10am-12noon 25% OFF Commodore Creek Paddle, TBE*

10-11:30am FREE Face-Painting, EC

11am-12:30pm 25% OFF Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE*

11:30am-12:30pm Conservation Cartoon Awards, EC Auditorium

12:30-1pm “Ding” Darling Days Nature Photography Contest Awards, EC Classroom

1-3pm Meet the Champs: Winning Duck Stamp Artists; Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) Awards, EC Auditorium 
Meet and greet current Federal Duck Stamp winner Jim Hautman plus Federal JDS winner Isaac Schreiber and State JDS winner Faith Malfa.

1:30-3pm 25% OFF Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE*

Choice of FREE Activities:
3-4pm "Painting with a Twist" presents Make & Take Nature Portrait (limited to first 25 children who sign up that day), EC Auditorium
3-5pm Nature Photography Tram Tour with Terry Baldwin (first 30 reservations, call 239-472-8900), meet in EC parking lot

5-7pm 25% OFF Evening Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE*


* Reservations recommended: Call 239-472-8900

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