Children and Adults can learn more about native butterflies, and take free naturalist-narrated hour-long tram tours. The day will also feature life-size Wild Puppets performed by Ibex Puppetry from Orlando, face-painting, and hands-on nature crafts, all for free.
Free guided tours and numerous other events will take place throughout the rest of the week, from beach walks on the Perry Tract to Paddleboard clinics. There will also be numerous educational presentations that cover beekeeping, local birds, and on the culture of the Calusa, who called this area home long before we arrived.
The week will also feature an exhibition of this year’s Federal Duck Stamp art at the Visitor & Education Center auditorium.
A full schedule of events can be found at www.dingdarlingdays.com, or by calling 239-472-1100. The Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge is located on Sanibel Island at 1 Wildlife Drive.