Meet and Gulfside City Park for a guided Family Beach Walk every Friday at 9 a.m. this summer. Photo provided
Meet and Gulfside City Park for a guided Family Beach Walk every Friday at 9 a.m. this summer. Photo provided

Wildlife Wonders talks, weekly walks, and nature crafts highlight the free summer programs running June 5 through Aug. 3, at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island.

Summer programming is made possible by support from the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge. The schedule of weekly activities follows. No pre-registration is necessary.

Reading in the Refuge, every Wednesday at 10 a.m.: Attendees of each 45-minute reading-and-crafts session learn about a refuge animal and make a take-home craft related to it. Meet in the Visitor & Education Center classroom.

Indigo Trail Walk, every Thursday at 10 a.m.: Join refuge naturalists as they lead a one-hour tour to the Wildlife Education Boardwalk to identify and discuss the ecosystem’s plants, mammals, birds, and reptiles - geared for adults and children alike. Bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Visitor & Education Center.

Family Beach Walk, every Friday at 9 a.m.: The one-hour program convenes at Gulfside Park to explore the refuge’s gulf-front Perry Tract. City parking fees apply. Bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Wildlife Wonders, every Saturday at 11 a.m.: Refuge education staff lead this 30-minute indoor program about the mysteries of manatees, alligators, crocodiles, horseshoe crabs, and birds in the Visitor & Education Center auditorium.

For more information on the refuge summer programs, call 239-472-1100 ext. 237 or visit dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/free-refuge-programs.