The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge reported that the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s Visitor & Education Center and Wildlife Drive remain closed until further notice due to hurricane damage. Consequently, many programs and events are canceled.
In addition, the DDWS provided the following updates:
– There will be holiday deals on ShopDingDarling.com for Black Friday on Nov. 25 and Cyber Monday on Nov. 28. The islands are still closed to the general public. There will be no local pickup opportunities for orders; all items will be shipped directly.
– Starting on Dec. 1, staff will sell Nature Store items and talk to visitors about the refuge at a pop-up store at the Coconut Point Farmer’s Market in Estero. The DDWS thanked Local Roots for making space for the setup each Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
– The DDWS is planning to host its annual “Go Wild for Ding” off-island in February or March.
– The annual “Ding” Darling & Doc Ford’s Tarpon Tournament remains on the calendar for May 19. However, the opening for registration has been postponed until further notice. The DDWS thanked the 2023 sponsors. To become an event sponsor, contact April Boehnen at firstname.lastname@example.org.