"Ding" Days Calendar

STAY TUNED FOR THE 2017 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS.

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

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016
FREE FAMILY FUN DAY

A FREE day valued at $75 per family of four

Celebrating the National Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial #BIRDYEAR

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

9:45am Flag-raising ceremony, EC entrance

10am FREE Premiere of 8-minute Welcome to “Ding” Darling orientation film, 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 Saving the Birds in the Everglades: A Living History by Big Cypress National Preserve, EC parking lot

11am FREE She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head! Story & Craft, with Ranger Toni, EC Auditorium

12noon FREE Live Red-tailed Hawk Presentation, Conservancy of SW FL, EC parking lot

12noon-3pm Live Shade Tree Pickers bluegrass music

1pm FREE Kids Bird Time. Contests & prizes: Bird calling & Reddish Egret dancing, EC parking

 2pm FREE Live American Kestrel, with Ranger Becky & CROW, EC parking lot


FREE & continuous throughout the day

  • FREE naturalist-narrated 60-minute tram tours (check in at tram booth upon arrival)
  • FREE archery demos and clinics, adjacent to overflow parking lot
  • FREE bird face painting, EC
  • FREE hot dogs
  • FREE Jim Sprankle bird-carving demo
  • FREE Bird Dress-Up Photo Station, EC
  • FREE parking at Special Events Parking site (look for signs)
  • FREE shuttle service
  • FREE Butterfly House
  • FREE touch tank presentations at TBE
  • FREE hands-on nature crafts and games
  • FREE Water/Ways Flow Exhibit, EC
  • FREE environmental displays and informational booths with giveaways
  • FREE Special 2015 Federal Duck Stamp Art Exhibit, EC Auditorium 

Monday through Friday

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

Daylong FREE Special 2015 Federal Duck Stamp Art Exhibit, EC Auditorium

Daylong FREE Bird Dress-Up Photo Station, EC

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


* Reservations recommended: Call 239-472-8900

Monday, Oct. 17 MIGRATORY BIRD 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

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

11am-12noon FREE Feather Wars: The Plume Trade by Steven Noll, EC Auditorium

12:45-1:15pm FREE Deck Talk: Plants, TBE

1-2pm FREE Refuge Reddish Egret Study Presentation by Dr. Kenneth Myers, 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. 18  BEACH & WATER DAY
                  
9-10am FREE Birding Beach Walk at Perry Tract
Meet at Gulfside Park pay station, city parking fees apply

9am-12noon FREE Stand-Up Paddleboard Clinics, TBE 

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

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

12:45-1:15pm FREE Deck Talk: Sea Turtles, TBE*

1-2pm FREE Save Our Seabirds by CROW & Clear Your Gear Display, EC Auditorium

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*  
                         

Wednesday, Oct. 19 WALK THE TRAILS DAY

8-11am FREE Bunche Beach Birding Tram, meet at EC flagpole*

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

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

12:45-1:15pm FREE Deck Talk: Dolphins, TBE

1-2pm FREE From the Nest Photo Presentation, by Photographer Jim Bennight, EC Auditorium

2-3pm FREE Indigo Trail Hike to the Wildlife Education Boardwalk, meet outside 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)
 

Thursday, Oct. 20 INTERNATIONAL BIRDERS FILM FESTIVAL

9am-12noon FREE Stand-Up Paddleboard Clinics, TBE

9:15-10:15am FREE admission to Birds of North America Film, EC Auditorium

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

10:30-11:30am FREE admission to Birds of South America Film, EC Auditorium

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

11:45am-12:45pm FREE admission to Birds of Asia & Australia Film, EC Auditorium

12:45-1:15pm FREE Deck Talk: Calusa Indians, TBE

1-2pm FREE admission to Birds of Africa Film, EC Auditorium

2:15-3:15pm FREE admission to Birds of Europe 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 Evening Sea Life & Nature Cruise, TBE*  
 

Friday, Oct. 21 ‘DING’ DARLING’S 140TH BIRTHDAY   

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*

9:30-11am FREE Refuge Bike Tour with Ranger Toni, meet at EC flagpole

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

11am-12noon FREE America’s Darling film showing with “Ding” Darling birthday cake, EC Auditorium

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

12:45-1:15pm FREE Deck Talk: Alligators, TBE

1-2pm FREE Scat & Tracks Walk with Ranger Becky, meet at EC flagpole

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. 22  CONSERVATION ART DAY 
 
FREE Bird Dress-Up Photo Booth
ALL DAY: 10% off select art items in the Refuge Nature Store

All FREE activities at “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center

7:30am-6:30pm FREE admission to Wildlife Drive.

9am-12noon Plein-Air Artists on Wildlife Drive

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

10am FREE Touch Tank Presentation, TBE 

11am-1pm Fine Wildlife Artist John Brennan Demo and free art kits giveaway for first 200 kids, EC Bird Room

11:30am 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 Joe Hautman and State JDS winner Megan Zou.

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

* Reservations recommended: Call 239-472-8900

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