“Family Fun” Day!

Photo by David Staver

Sunday “Family Fun Day” winds up the weekend-long “Ding” Darling Days at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, October 14.

The refuge, “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS), and Tarpon Bay Explorers have planned a free day packed with activities for all ages from 9:45 a.m.  » Read more

The Perfect Coffee Break


Now this is the way to wake up!  We love hearing from guests like Luann F. from Olathe, KS!


Hello Ocean’s Reach,

This summer our family enjoyed our vacation at Ocean’s Reach and LOVED sipping our coffee on the beach.

Thanks to a cup from Jerry’s, the beach of Ocean’s Reach and the fresh ocean air of God’s grace.   » Read more

“Conservation Art” Day

The 2018-19 Federal Duck Stamp designed by Bob Hautman

Three-time Federal Duck Stamp winner Bob Hautman will travel from Minnesota to headline the 10th annual free Conservation Art Day at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, October 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Florida Junior Duck Stamp winner Anna Grace Swanson and Federal Junior Duck Stamp winner Rayen Kang will also be on hand.  » Read more

Just Keep Swimming!

Don’t count laps. Make every lap count!

The Sanibel Recreation Center is once again offering Swim Gym on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The water-based fitness program, which is similar to the U.S. Masters swimming program, is open to individuals 18 years and older who are looking to improve their fitness through swimming.

Structured workouts offer training assistance,  » Read more

Market Delights

The wait is almost over!  The Sanibel Island Farmers Market will be starting its 11th season this weekend.

The popular outdoor marketplace will once again operate every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through the end of May.

Located at City Hall, the open-air market will feature over 40 vendors offering local produce, baked goods, live plants, fresh seafood,  » Read more

Finding Old Florida

Photo by David Mintz, AJC



While admiring the reflection of a brilliant sunset on the water, a roseate spoonbill with a glorious fan of pink and crimson plumage swept in from nowhere and scooped up a wiggling flash of silver in its long bill. After gulping the fish down, the long-legged wading bird stood basking in the fading orange-pink glow,  » Read more

Race 4 F.I.S.H.

Thanks to our friends at the Island Reporter for this update!

In 2009, F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva held its first 10K “Race 4 F.I.S.H.” fundraiser for the non-profit organization, which was founded 36 years ago based on the concept of “neighbors helping neighbors.” This year’s race is scheduled for October 27th, starting at 7 a.m. at the Sanibel Community Park.

The event utilizes the help of the city of Sanibel,  » Read more

Merit Badge University

Scouting is all about adventure, family and fun, so what better place than Sanibel for your child to earn those next few merit badges?

On Nov. 17, the  J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island will host its first Merit Badge University for registered Boy Scouts of America.

Scouts from around the nation will have the opportunity to earn up to two out of six badges being offered that day.  » Read more

“Let’s Get Outside” Day!

Photo by James Schwabel, Alamy

The “Let’s Get Outside” Day will kick off this year’s weekend-long “Ding” Darling Days on Friday, Oct. 12 at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel, and what a line-up they’ll be featuring!

Wildlife Drive is normally closed on Fridays, but the refuge is offering free admission to cyclists and hikers from 7:30 a.m.  » Read more

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