Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge Free Programs

Ding Darling is offering many free tours and programs during the month of February, giving visitors the opportunity to learn about Sanibel’s unique ecosystem. There are free walks and programs every day so there is ample opportunity for participation. Here are some examples of these excellent programs.

February 13:

Birds & Wildlife Tour 9:30

Follow along on a car caravan tour of the Refuge. This tour highlights the fascinating natural wonders of this unique mangrove ecosystem and the wildlife that lives in this area. Meet at the flagpole.

Birds of the Refuge Tour 11:00

Not sure which feathery friends you are seeing through your binoculars? Learn interesting facts about birds and how to identify them in the estuary. Fun for all ages! Meet at the Visitor Center.

Florida Manatees Program 1:00

Explore the world of one of America’s most endangered species, the Florida manatee, as it faces a challenging future. Find out what you can do to help save this species. Meet at Crossdike Pavilion. Bring water, sunscreen, and insect repellent.

February 14:

Biking the Refuge Tour 9:30

Bike enthusiasts bring your bicycle and join a naturalist on the Wildlife Drive/Indigo Trail loop to learn about the refuge’s bird life and ecology. The Drive is paved while the Indigo Trail is hard-packed shell, so the tour is suitable for people of all abilities. Meet at the flagpole. Bring sunscreen, water, and insect repellent.

Florida’s Venomous Wildlife Program 11:00

Come learn about the interesting venomous wildlife in the area. Fun for all ages! 30 minutes inside the Education Center

February 15:

Beach Walk 9:30

Meet at Sanibel’s Gulfside City Park for a guided exploration of the Refuge’s Perry Tract. Learn about this vital beach ecosystem. Don’t forget to bring your shell bag! (Parking fees at Gulfside City Park apply.)

Indigo Trail Walk 11:00

Naturalists led tour identifying and discussing the ecosystem’s plant and animal species. Fun for adults and children alike. Bring water and bug spray. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Visitor & Education Center. (Entry fees for Indigo Trail apply)

Bailey Tract Tour 1:00

Walk the trails of the Bailey Tract with a naturalist to learn about the plants and trees of this freshwater ecosystem of Southwest Florida. Fun for all ages! Meet at the Bailey Tract parking lot. Approximately 2 miles, 1½ hours.

February 16:

Gators and Crocs Program 11:00

Is it an alligator or a crocodile? Learn about the Order Crocodilia, including crocodiles, gharials, alligators, and caimans. Learn how to identify families and local species in the Refuge. Fun for all ages! Meet at the Crossdike Pavilion on Wildlife Drive. Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and binoculars. 

February 17:

Endangered Species Walk 11:00

Habitats throughout the world are disappearing, affecting species everywhere. Come discover endangered species of Southwest Florida and what you can do to help them. Fun for all ages! Inside the Visitor and Education Center.

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Big Arts Monday Night Film Series

If you find yourself visiting Sanibel, the Big Arts Film Series presents a wonderful option for Monday night entertainment. Tickets can be obtained by calling 239-395-0900 or https://bigarts.org/film to order tickets online. Most films are presented in a foreign language, with English sub-titles.

January 21: Summer 1993
In the summer of 1993, six-year old Frida leaves Barcelona and her grandparents for the countryside after her parents die. She is taken in by her aunt, uncle and small cousin. The film chronicles Frida’s unexpressed pain which makes her both feel sad and behave badly.

January 28: Columbus
A Korean-born man finds himself stuck in Columbus, Indiana, where his architect father is in a coma. Columbus gets its title from the city where it’s set, home to a remarkable collection of renowned works of modern architecture. Those buildings provide the premise for the film, which is a visionary transformation of a young adult’s coming-of-age story.

February 4: The Insult
The Insult is presented in Arabic and set in Lebanon. It chronicles the conflicts between Christians and Muslims of the Lebanese Civil War and the film begins with a verbal insult by a Palestinian worker against a Lebanese Christian.

February 11: Collette
Collette marries a successful Parisian writer and moves from rural France to Paris. He convinces her to ghostwrite a book for him. Her semi-autobiographical novel becomes an overnight success and a cultural sensation. The film consequently delves into gender roles and societal constraints.

February 18: Shoplifters
Shoplifters is a Japanese film about a family that relies on shoplifting to avoid a life of poverty. Set in Tokyo, a multi-generational family just barely gets by with the pension income of the home’s elderly owner. The family also takes in children who have been abandoned or mistreated by their parents. Shoplifting becomes a way of life to support all the individuals in the household.

February 25: Three Identical Strangers
This documentary film is the true story of three American triplets who were adopted at six months by different families. The separation was done as part of a scientific study “nature versus nurture” to track the development of genetically identical children raised in different economic circumstances. The documentary goes on to present how the brothers discovered each other at the age of nineteen and their journey into adulthood.

March 4: This Changes Everything
Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.
Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller by the same name, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

March 11: 1945
On a sweltering August day in 1945, villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk’s son. Meanwhile, two Orthodox Jews arrive at the village train station with mysterious boxes labeled “fragrances.” The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village’s deported Jews and expects them to demand their illegally acquired property back, originally lost during the World War II. Other villagers are afraid more survivors will come, posing a threat to the property and possessions they have claimed as their own.

Big Arts on Sanibel is celebrating its 40th year anniversary in 2019. In 1979 BIG ARTS was created by and for the community, and owes its rich history to a small band of dedicated artists who drew inspiration from each other and from the breath-taking island beauty that infused their work with grace and authenticity. They set out to create a special gathering place where artistic and educational experiences were accessible to all. Today that vision is alive and well. With the help of our loyal donors and supporters, BIG ARTS will carry that vision forward — providing joy, inspiration and a sense of community for generations to come.

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New Year’s Eve – Island Style

If your plans bring you to Sanibel to celebrate the end of the year, consider a fun outing to Sundial to bring in 2019! What better way to enjoy the holiday than partying beach side under the stars? Sundial is only a short drive from Sandalfoot, and would be a very convenient location to ring in the new year.

Sundial Resort is planning a family friendly celebration around the main pool deck and Turtle’s Beach. The evening begins at 7:00 pm and features entertainment, games and an island-style buffet. The event runs until 12:30 am. The entertainment will include a stilt-walker, balloon artist, fire dancers, a DJ, ping pong, corn hole, karaoke, pool “fishing”, face painting, beach bonfire, a pie eating contest, and much more.

Sundial is located at 1451 Middle Gulf Road. To attend the event, enter along the west side of the main building and proceed to the pool desk. Prices for adults for the evening are $68.16 per adult (includes tax and gratuities). Children 4 – 12 are $24.19 each and ages 3 and under are free but do require an admission ticket.

Tickets can be purchased beforehand by going to https://sundialbash.brownpapertickets.com. The evening’s buffet will include such items as barbeque chicken, snapper, pizza, cheeseburgers, mac and cheese, chicken tenders, ice cream, chocolate dipped bananas, and lots more. Adults can enjoy a Champagne toast at midnight.

For more information email luis.herrera@sundialresort.com. Welcome in the New Year Sanibel style!

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Christmas Eve Cruises

Have you ever seen Santa wearing flip-flops? If you are lucky enough to visit Sanibel over the Christmas holidays, you have a chance to see just that. Adventures in Paradise offers two opportunities to visit with Santa and get out on the water during your visit.

Adventures in Paradise Cruises and Tours has two opportunities to celebrate Christmas Eve on the water. The first is a cruise that begins at 10:00 am and is Santa’s Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise to Picnic Island.

The cruise includes searching for dolphins in local waters and arriving on Picnic Island for a visit with Santa. Gifts will be provided for all children, and photos will be taken of the kids with Santa. If the adults have been good all year, maybe Santa will pose for a picture with you too!

This is a very popular cruise and reservations must be made beforehand to participate. The cruise runs from 10:00 am until 11:45 and is $45 for adults and $35 for children. It would be a perfect way to celebrate the arrival of Christmas and celebrate Florida style!

The second Christmas Eve cruise, the Sunset Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise, leaves the dock at 4:45 and returns at 6:15. Join other revelers aboard the “Sun Princess” as the evening approaches. The entire family can enjoy cookies and eggnog aboard, as well as soft drinks and water. Listening to tropical music, the cruise goes out into San Carlos Bay for a relaxing journey during the most visually spectacular time of day. Talks by the Captain and First Mate will add to your enjoyment. Like the trip earlier in the day, this very popular cruise needs to be booked in advance. The cost is $39 per person.

For more information, contact Adventures in Paradise at 239-472-8443 or go to their website, adventures in paradise.com. There isn’t a better way to celebrate Florida and celebrate the holidays than being out on the water. Make this adventure part of your holiday tradition and enjoy all that southwest Florida has to offer. Cruises depart from the Port Sanibel Marina at 14341 Port Comfort Road (across the causeway from Sanibel). Enjoy, and happy holidays!

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Holiday Nights Edison and Ford Winter Estates

If you are planning a visit to Sanibel Island and Sandalfoot in December, you will have many holiday attractions to choose from, but none better than Holiday Nights at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers.  This is a favorite venue for residents and visitors and the estates become even more beautiful in December.

Many new light displays are planned for this year and the popular “Liquid Fireworks” Waltzing Waters lighted water fountain display will again feature a state-of-the-art light show choreographed with holiday music. New displays include two 25’ lighted steel trees and an 18’ lighted tree at the Edison Fountain. New this year too are lights that go all the way up to the base of the fronds, thanks to a lift donated by Sunbelt Rentals.

A nightly event schedule can be found on the website, www.edisonfordwinterestates.org and tickets can be pre-booked. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for ages 13 – 19 and $2 for ages 6 – 12. Admission is free for members. Holiday Nights hours are from 5:30 to 9:00 pm.

Special event tours are also available, including Guided Holiday Tours at $30/$25/$18 and the Inside the Homes Tours at $50. The Guided tours are offered every night at 6 and 7pm and the Inside the Homes tour is offered Wednesday evenings at 6:30.

The museum and research laboratory are both open every evening until 9pm and for last minute gifts, the Ford Cottage Shoppe, Museum Store and Garden Shoppe are all open in the evening. For more information, go to the website or call (239)334-7419. Enjoy the 43rd annual Holiday Nights!

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