SANIBEL, Fla.- Today, J.N. Ding Darling unveiled its new wildlife education boardwalk to the public that sits along the Indigo Trail. It was a promise made to the Sanibel School back in 1999. The hope of one day bringing the classroom, outdoors.
"It truly exceeds my expectations, we were planning on seeing a simple bridge connecting us to Ding Darling," said Principal Barbara Von-Harten.
The friends of the J.N. Ding darling Wildlife Society upheld their end of the promise.
"They will have a chance to explore this new ecosystem, because it's one of the freshwater bodies on Sanibel."
They are giving these students a chance to expand their knowledge in their own backyard on a boardwalk that is 100 percent eco-friendly
"We will be doing dip netting, taking water samples and comparing a lot of the salt water with freshwater.
The canopy is made using the greenest product that exist. 100 percent of the decking comes from recycled milk jugs, and the tower is 85 percent recycled content. The double decker pavilion will give you the opportunity to get a birds eye view of what lies below.
"To have this wonderful teaching pavilion is so exciting, it's going to provide a wonderful teaching opportunity for the children to come and further their education."
But what was once a vision on paper is now a reality for Amy Nowaki, the creator of this project.
"I've been out here a few times on kayak, and of course I am out here on the eye level of the water trying to envision how this might sit in this environment."
The boardwalk will be open Thursdays beginning August 22nd. It's expected to be open everyday starting October 1st. The project cost $170,000. The second phase will open in November.