Summer Programs

All programs and tours are FREE for all visitors! No sign ups necessary, just meet your program leader at the designated meeting spot! Programs will run from June through July.

Wildlife Drive Caravan Tour

When and Where: 9:30 am every Tuesday at the Visitor and Education Center. Meet at the flagpole!

Bring your car and join our caravan! This program will take you through the refuge in the comfort of your own car learning all things “Ding”. Enjoy all the nature the refuge has to offer - you never know what you may see!

Ranger's Choice

When and Where: 2:00 pm every Monday in the Visitor and Education Center. Meet at the front desk!

Join us at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge to learn about some of our Ranger’s favorite things! Some of the refuge residents include birds of all shapes and sizes, ancient alligators, and amazing marine mammals.

Restorative Nature Walk

When and Where: 8:30 am every Thursday at the Bailey Tract

Form a deeper connection with nature, oneself, and the present moment as we walk together through the trails of the Bailey Tract. 

Insect Insanity

When and Where: 2:00 pm every Saturday in the Visitor and Education Center. Meet in the auditorium!

Stop by the visitor and education center to discover the fascinating world of insects that call our lands and waters home. Uncover their incredible impact on our ever-changing ecosystem and be amazed by the intricate web of life surrounding us!

Event date and time
Event location name
Refuge Visitor Center


1 Wildlife DriveSanibel,33957FL

Event category

Outdoor Activity
Age range
All ages
Recreational activities