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‘Ding’ Darling reopening schedule

September 18, 2017
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island plans to reopen after Hurricane Irma in phases the week of Sept 18, if recovery work is complete.

First, the refuge Visitor & Education Center will reopen on Monday, Sept. 18, at 9 a.m. It will resume normal operating hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Second, Tarpon Bay Explorers, the official refuge concessionaire, will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 8 a.m. It will resume its hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Lastly, the Wildlife Drive will reopen Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 7 a.m. Gate hours for September are 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

To confirm refuge hours call 239-472-1100 or check the refuge's official Facebook page for the most current information at



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