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Earth Day at the Refuge

Family programs on tap for Earth Day at the Refuge!

Bike or hike Wildlife Drive for free, watch a free film, and take advantage of free programs at this year’s 47th Anniversary of Earth Day at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

The day’s highlights include an earth-friendly Family Story & Crafts (10 a.m.) featuring the reading of One Tiny Turtle and making turtles and other wildlife out of recycled materials. Guests can also attend the free Gators & Crocs (10 a.m.) and Birding the Refuge (1 p.m.) programs and meet Bagzilla, a “bag monster” dressed in the average person’s annual plastic bag consumption. The multi-award-winning film Bag It!: Is Your Life Too Plastic? (11 a.m.) reveals, in an entertaining manner, just how plastic crazy we really are and how we can change the pattern.

The first 50 people to enter the Refuge Visitor & Education Center Classroom that day after 10 a.m. will receive a free reusable bag made from recycled plastic bottles!

For more information on Earth Day at the Refuge, call 1-239-472-1100 or visit


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