"Ding" Darling Wildlife Society's support of annual and one-time events is two-fold: education and fundraising.
Our big annual "Ding" Darling Days takes place mid-October to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week and the birthday of our namesake, Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling. It kicks off with an all-FREE Sunday Family Fun Day and culminates with a Saturday Conservation Art Day.
In May, our "Ding" Darling & Doc Ford's Tarpon Tournament both educates and supports the Refuge. Generous sponsors and silent auction donors help us raise more than $50,000 each year while we further conservation awareness in the "catch, care, release" competition.
We hold our biggest annual fundraiser each February. Go Wild for "Ding" brings supporters and friends together for an evening of live entertainment, local restaurant delicacies, and silent and live auctions.
Celebrity birders and authors Don & Lillian Stokes generously contribute their time each February for two morning birding tours - one focused on identification, the other on photography - that also raise funds for the Refuge. Thanks to our recreation concessionaires, Tarpon Bay Explorers, which donates the use of two trams for this popular event that fills quickly.
Each winter season, DDWS also hosts its popular Friday Lecture Series and Wednesday Biweekly Film Series.
Click HERE for a full monthly event calendar.