The “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center reopens Saturday, April 6, after a temporary closure to complete post-hurricane renovations.


“We kept the center open to make it through winter season, but it was time to get it back to even better shape than pre-Ian,” said Supervisory Refuge Ranger Toni Westland. “Come visit. It looks great!”


The “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center opens Saturday through Thursday 9 to 4 p.m. free-of-charge. It holds the Refuge Nature Store and hands-on displays, plus distributes information and advice about visiting the refuge.


As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, DDWS works to support J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s mission of conservation, wildlife and habitat protection, research, and public education through charitable donations and Refuge Nature Shop profits. To support DDWS and the refuge with a tax-deductible gift, visit or Ann-Marie Wildman at 239-789-8991 or [email protected].