Head out on a free guided tour to the Wildlife Education Boardwalk every Thursday at 10 a.m. this summer. Photo provided
Head out on a free guided tour to the Wildlife Education Boardwalk every Thursday at 10 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.

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.

ABOUT DDWS

As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, DDWS works to support J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s mission of conservation, wildlife and habitat protection, research, and public education through charitable donations and Refuge Nature Shop profits.