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REFUGE/DDWS Local artist Vince Thomalla will host two nature sketch hikes to the Wildlife Education Boardwalk at the JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel on Earth Day — April 22.

This year, the JN “Thing” Sanibel’s Darling National Wildlife Refuge is celebrating the 52nd annual Earth Day – observed on April 22 – with two separate events scheduled for the coming weekend.

On April 22, it will host activities at the refuge’s Visitor and Educational Center. On April 24, she will honor this occasion again with her “Thing” Darling Day Conservation Carnival at Lakes Park in Fort Myers.


On April 22, free family activities begin at 9:00 am with a ranger-led hike along the Indigo Trail. Entry to the trail is free from 7am to 7pm; Wildlife Drive is normally closed on Fridays.

There will be two nature sketch walks to the Wildlife Education Boardwalk with local artist Vince Thomalla; Complimentary sketchbooks are included, and registration is required as attendance is limited to 10 at a time. From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., participants can earn a free Spoonbill keychain by completing the Earth Day Scavenger Hunt and also make a jellyfish craft from a recycled plastic bottle at the balcony of the Visitor and Education Center .

REFUGE/DDWS Local environmental organizations are hosting carnival games during the “Ding” Darling Day Conservation Carnival April 24 at Lakes Park in Fort Myers, such as: B. an octopus bean bag toss with prizes.

The full schedule is as follows:

– Free entry to the Indigo Trail from 7am to 7pm

– Ranger-led hike on the Indigo Trail from 9am to 10am

– Guided nature sketch tour from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m

– Nature sketch tour from 1pm to 2pm

ART – REFUGE DDWS EARTH DAY 3 REFUGE/DDWS Do like an osprey and catch fish at the “Ding” Darling Day Conservation Carnival April 24 at Lakes Park in Fort Myers.

– Earth Day Scavenger Hunt from 10am to 2pm

– Earth Day Craft from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m

To sign up for the nature sketch walks, visit

For more information, visit or call 239-472-1100 ext. 237.

The JN “Thing” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is located at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel.


On April 24 the refuge and “Thing” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge have scheduled a full day “Thing” Darling Day Conservation Carnival and nature activities from 10:00am to 2:00pm

More than 20 local non-profit conservation organizations will be in attendance to engage attendees with information and carnival games where they can win prizes. Games include Tarpon Bay Explorers’ Dolphin Toss, School District of Lee County’s Shark Feeding, and Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s Coconut Bowling. Participants can earn a free treat and other gifts and prizes at Southern SnoBalls. The shelter will house a dunk tank where participants can try to sink surprises “Famous Dunkees.”

“The games will all have an educational component, and the day will also feature a range of tours and nature art activities,” “Supervisory Refuge Ranger” Toni Westland, Chair of the Events Committee, said. “We will have our WoW Wildlife on Wheels mobile nature experience open for tours throughout the day, plus there will be Earth Day crafts and lots of ways to enjoy nature such as B. bilingual bird watching hikes, cycling and not one thing but two ‘artists-in-residence at hand’.

Former artist-in-residence Rachel Pierce will lead a nature journal walk and give painting demonstrations. The upcoming artist-in-residence Jacqui Roch will also paint plein air. Attendees can purchase unique nature-themed items at the Refuge Nature Store table, where all purchases support conservation.

There’s also Wildlife Olympics, face painting and a selfie station throughout the day.

Subject to change, the full schedule is as follows:

– Check-in at the welcome table in the main pavilion for free goodie bags (one per family while supplies last) and information at 10:00 am

– Ranger-led urban birding for beginners (maximum 20 people) at 10:00 am

– Caminata de Avistamiento de Aves (20 people maximum) at 10 am

– Bring Your Own Bike Tour or Rental at Lakes Park (maximum 10 people) at 10:00am

– Mindfulness Walk (maximum 10 people) at 11am

– Complimentary Southern SnoBalls in the Main Pavilion with proof of event attendance (while supplies last) from 11am to 2pm

– Urban Birding Walk (maximum 20 people) guided by a ranger at noon

– Caminata de Avistamiento de Animales de Urbanos (20 people maximum) at noon

– Nature Journaling with Rachel Pierce (15 people maximum) at 1pm

All activities are free; Lakes Park charges a parking fee of $1 per hour or $5 per day.

The US Fish & Wildlife Service and DDWS co-sponsor “Thing” Darling Day with support from local community and businesses.

For more information, visit or call 239-472-1100 ext. 237.

Lakes Park is located at 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers.

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