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Smithsonian Exhibit Coming to Sanibel

Smithsonian Exhibit

Need another reason to get away to Sanibel this fall?

Guests visiting October 29 – December 9, 2016, can include one more “Must Do” on their list: The first-of-its-kind Water/Ways traveling exhibit that will be displayed at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge this fall.

The exhibit, sponsored in partnership with the Museum On Main Street program and supported by the Smithsonian and Florida Humanities Council, takes a global look at water relative to the environment, culture and history.

“Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS), host of the exhibit, will show a series of films, sponsored by LCEC, focusing on water issues. Other special family programs, giveaways, an interactive water table, and other activities are in the planning stages. On Saturday, November 26, a Kids’ Fishing Derby will take place on the causeway, in conjunction with the exhibit.

Partners along the island’s “Wild Mile” Sanibel-Captiva Road corridor will also be participating with programs and discounts, including Tarpon Bay Explorers, the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, CROW and the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation.

After a highly competitive bidding process, “Ding” Darling was chosen as one of only six Florida locations to host Water/Ways. Representatives from the refuge and DDWS traveled to North Florida recently for instruction on how to set up and interpret the exhibit.

“It’s an amazing exhibit,” said Supervisory Refuge Ranger Toni Westland. “We love how it brings to light the growing problem of water scarcity worldwide and the overall high Smithsonian-level quality. It certainly lives up to the Smithsonian name and promises to inspire all who experience it.”

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