As the pandemic persists, Tarpon Bay Explorers’ employees continue to provide excellent customer service. “The past year and a half have been quite challenging to say the least,” explained General Manager and part-owner, Wendy Schnapp “Our staff has experienced a lot of adversity; An extended closure in 2020, soft reopening, half capacities, COVID restrictions; none of which made operations easy, but I am proud of our staff continuing to provide a high level of customer service” expanded Schnapp. The Explorers’ exceptional customer service was recognized and reflected by having eleven employees nominated for Lee County’s Visitors and Convention Bureau’s E-Awards.

Lee County’s Visitors and Convention Bureau’s E-Award nominations are given when a visitor feels that someone went above and beyond their expectations to provide a bolstered, rewarding experience as a result of that person’s outstanding customer service. “We also take pride in the fact that our company continuously receives these awards and is a reflection of our values as a company,” explained Schnapp.

Tarpon Bay Explorers is the concession to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge providing recreational activities and educational opportunities. The company operates in partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and 12% of all sales benefit refuges around the country. To experience the “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge with Tarpon Bay Explorers, visit their website at or call the gift shop at 239-472-8900.