"Ding" Darling Days

 

33rd Annual "Ding" Darling Day 
Conservation Carnival
@ Lakes Park


RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 24, 2022

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Join us in 2021 for our annual "Ding" Darling Day. This year's family-centric event will be making the “great migration” across the Causeway to Lakes Park in Fort Myers to bring the Refuge to our local communities and a wider audience. The move is part of a larger Refuge System-wide Urban Initiative.

SCHEDULE OF FREE ACTIVITIES

10 a.m. “Ding” Darling Day opens at Lakes Park. Check in at Welcome Table in Main Pavilion for free tours and information.

10 a.m. Urban Birding for Beginners: 30 minutes, 20-guest maximum

10 a.m. Caminata de Avistamiento de Aves: 30 minutos, 20 personas maximo

10 a.m. Bring-Your-Own-Bike Tour: 1-mile loop, 1 hour, 10-guest maximum

11 a.m. Mindfulness Walk: 30 minutes, 10-guest maximum

11 a.m. Lakes Park Heron Sculpture Unveiling, Shelter B-1

11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free Southern SnoBalls: Main Pavilion, compliments of DDWS (while supplies last)

12 p.m. Urban Birding Walk: 30 minutes, 20-guest maximum

 12 p.m. Caminata de Avistamiento de Aves: 30 minutos, 20 personas maximo

 1 p.m. Nature Journaling with Artist in Residence Rachel Pierce: 1 hour, 15-guest maximum

Visit WoW!

FREE ONGOING ACTIVITIES 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

WoW (Wildlife on Wheels) mobile interactive experience touring

Dunk Tank in the Main Pavilion, see schedule of “celebrity dunkees” at tank and Welcome Table

Wildlife Olympics, Main Pavilion

Plein-Air Art Demos with Artist in Residence Rachel Pierce, Main Pavilion

Conservation Carnival Games hosted by partnering exhibitors in tents around Pavilion.

2021 “Ding” Darling Day Amateur Nature Photo Contest Winners Display, Main Pavilion

Nature crafts at WoW and in Main Pavilion

Selfie Station near Main Pavilion

Prizes (ask at Welcome Table) 

 

 

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.