A Tarpon Bay Explorer naturalist presents a deck talk to visitors.
A Tarpon Bay Explorer naturalist presents a deck talk to visitors.
After a two-year hiatus, the free Deck Talks will return providing a no cost, fun option for visitors of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. 
“We had to pause our deck talk program as a result of construction that was happening in our parking lot,” explained Adam Sauerland, Program and Education Manager. 
“The program was designed to help keep visitors entertained before afternoon eco-trips, but some people would come just to learn about wildlife they may be interested in. But, it was very difficult to give a proper presentation with an orchestra of power tools in the background,” explained Sauerland.
Deck talks consist of a 20-30-minute, in-depth presentation on a variety of wildlife species. Topics include: Dolphins, Sharks, Sea Turtles, Alligators and Calusa Indians. These deck talks are free of charge and are given Monday through Friday at 12:45pm. The deck is located next to the dock between SCCF’s Marine Lab and Tarpon Bay Explorers’ gift shop. No reservations required.
Tarpon Bay Explorers is the concession to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge providing recreational and education opportunities. For more information or reservations call the gift shop at 239-472-8900 or visit their website at www.tarponbayexplorers.com