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  • "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society- Friends of the Refuge

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    "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society (DDWS), a non-profit Friends of the Refuge organization, supports environmental education and services at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. It depends on membership fees and private contributions and is grateful to those who help fund projects such as the Visitor & Education Center, internships, interpretive signage, research, student education, and informational literature. Volunteer opportunities are available with the Refuge Nature Store.

    Learn more about the DDWS 

  • Tarpon Bay Explorers

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    Nestled within in the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Tarpon Bay Explorers offers a variety of nature tours and rentals to help you see the Refuge in it's entirety- by land AND by water. Gain hands-on knowledge about sea life during the touch tank presentations. Tram tours, kayaking, canoeing, standup paddleboarding, nature & sea life cruises, and deck talks are just some of the activities Tarpon Bay Explorers has to offer as the official concession of the Refuge.

    Take a tram, the most exciting a 90 minute tour along the Wildlife Drive with a guided naturalist.

    Learn more about Tarpon Bay Explorers 

  • 2019 Summer Programs

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    See the 2019 summer . . .