Celebrate World Oceans Day!

This Friday, June 8th, celebrate World Oceans Day at Ding Darling, where complimentary activities include a guided beach walk, upcycled crafts, and an assortment of fun and educational films.   » Read more

Highlights of the special event will include earth-friendly, upcycled crafts to take home and a ranger-led beach walk and clean-up at the refuge’s Perry Tract, accessible from Gulfside City Park. All clean-up participants receive a 10 percent discount coupon for the Refuge Nature Store.

All Summer Long!


If you can’t make the Guinness World Record attempt that we highlighted yesterday, don’t fret, you can still celebrate seashells all summer long!

Make your reservation for a stay at Ocean’s Reach  » Read more this summer and collect as many seashells as you’d like!  When you’d like to learn more about the fascinating creatures that inhabit these shells, just plan to spend time with experts from some of our local nature attractions.

Gaze at Grand Architecture

 #77:  Gaze at Grand Architecture While Attending An Event

Excerpt from “100 Things to do in Fort Myers & Sanibel Before You Die” by Nancy Hamilton:

When you see a building of Neoclassical Revival architecture with massive columns in south Florida, you know there has to be an interesting history to match the grandeur.   » Read more

Legend Has It …

Southwest Florida is well known for many things, perhaps the most infamous is the folklore that we were home base for the renegade pirate Jose Gaspar, the “Last of the Buccaneers” also known by his nickname Gasparilla. 

Legend has it that Gaspar once made his home in Pine Island Sound, reportedly establishing headquarters on Sanibel Island, holding his female prisoners captive on Captiva Island, burying his booty on Gasparilla Island,  » Read more

Adopt Your Own!

Yesterday we updated you on the success of the Save The Manatee program in which a huge wave of support has made a real difference for these cherished marine mammals.

Today, we wanted to let you know about the Adopt-a-Manatee program where you can further help manatee rescue, rehabilitation, and research efforts, along with manatee education and public awareness projects. 

Unlike other animal adoption programs,  » Read more

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