Right in time for holiday shopping!
The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge has launched “Nature Store2” off-campus at 2250 Periwinkle Way in Sanibel Square.
“Because the Visitor & Education Center has been closed since March, we have suffered significant financial losses with our flagship store shuttered,” said DDWS Executive Director Birgie Miller. “All profits from that store support the refuge, so, consequently, wildlife and research projects could suffer with continued, prolonged lack of income. On average, more than 200 visitors entered the store each day when the center was open. Besides store earnings, the closure has negatively impacted donations that resulted from those visits.”
The new, 1,500-square-foot Nature Store2 will feature a monitor streaming images of the wildlife, scenery and available activities at the refuge, so visitors will be able to learn more about “Ding” Darling from staff and volunteers who were trained at the refuge.
Nature Store2, like its mother store, will carry nature-specific items, sustainable gifts, and educational merchandise, much of it made in the U.S.A. and by local artists and artisans. Popular inventory includes books, children’s games and toys, logo apparel, jewelry and accessories, and green and other home décor items.
Although it will carry some of the same popular items available at the flagship store and ShopDingDarling.com, it will also be more art-oriented and feature items that can only be purchased at the Nature Store2 location.
Sounds like the perfect place to start your holiday shopping! For more information, visit dingdarlingsociety.org.