Engage the Kids

One primary mission of the "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society involves education. Although we support conservation education for all visitors, we strive 

most diligently to reach children to get them outdoors and create environmental stewards of the future.

Every day you can encourage your tech-savvy kids to engage with nature at the Refuge with a FREE download of our Discover Ding game app.  

We also support free seasonal programs at the Refuge that are designed for families and individuals. 

Locally, DDWS furthers conservation education through Teacher Conservation Grants, Student Conservation Scholarships, and the "Ding" Darling-Theodore Cross High School Photography Contest.

Stop by the front desk at the Refuge Visitor & Education Center to earn your Junior Ranger Badge or to pick up free coloring booklets.

Click on the titles below to download the booklets:

All About Alligators Activity Book

Kids' Coastal Activity Book

Look Who's Flying! Activity Book

Saving Sea Turtles Activity Book

Snowy Plovers Activity Book







"Ding" Darling Days

October 16-22, 2016

“Ding” Darling Days’ Family Fun Day on Sunday, October 16, kicks off a week of eco-activities with all-free refuge tram tours, live wildlife presentations, hot dogs, kids crafts, and other family activities.

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Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit

October 28 through December 8

Families! Mark your calendars for an exciting Water/Ways traveling exhibit in partnership with the Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program supported by The Smithsonian Institute and Florida Humanities Council. Water related programs, lectures, films, crafts, and more will all take place during these six weeks. 

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Support Us

Donate and make a difference!

Making a charitable contribution is easy and tax deductible. You can donate online by clicking the Support the Refuge button below. Once you have registered or logged in, you can choose to make a Regular Donation, a Memorial to remember a departed loved one, or an Honorarium as a special gift to a nature-loving friend or family member.


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