J.N. "Ding" Darling NWR
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Welcome to Ding signature Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Refuge aerial view. Credit: Susan White, USFWS

Refuge aerial view. Credit: Susan White, USFWS

The J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge is located on the subtropical barrier island of Sanibel in the Gulf of Mexico. The refuge is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the United States. It is world famous for its spectacular migratory bird populations.

J. N. "Ding" Darling is one of over 550 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System administered by the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service.


Hours of Operation


Refuge lands and waters are day use only.
No overnight mooring in any refuge waters.


Wildlife Drive

Month          Opens                         Closes
January          7:00                                 5:30
February        7:00                                 5:30
March            7:00 (7:30 - 7:00 at DST )        6:00
April               7:00                                 7:00
May               7:00                                 7:30
June                7:00                                 8:00
July                 7:00                                 8:00
August            7:00                                 7:30
September      7:00                                 7:00
October          7:30                                 6:30
November       7:30 (7:00 - 5:30 at ST) 6:30
December       7:00                                 5:30

Education Center
May 1 - December 31
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
January 1 - April 30
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Ed Center OPEN

Martin Luther King Jr's B'Day
President's Day

Ed Center CLOSED
Independence Day
Labor Day
Veterans Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
New Years Day
Memorial Day
Columbus Day

Wildlife Drive is OPEN every day except Fridays regardless of Holidays


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Last updated: May 14, 2014
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