The Art of Conservation: A Visit with Ding Darling

Join us for a unique experience at Lake Darling with Tom Milligan, an Iowa theater artist, as he covers Pulitzer Prize winner and conservationist Jay N. “Ding” Darling in this one man play he self-produced. In 2016, Humanities Iowa partnered with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to appoint Tom to write and produce a show about this fascinating Iowan. After lunch, enjoy this hour long production, with “Ding” Darling, played by Tom, visiting with you in his 11th floor office at The Des Moines Register back in his early years in Sioux City, where he became aware of the natural world around him and developed his skills as an editorial cartoonist. Darling reflects upon his remarkable life journey, which includes two Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoons for The Register and a remarkable career as a nationally known conservationist. From the introduction of The Duck Stamp to the creation of the National Wildlife Federation, Darling's influence was felt through his cartoons and his actions. Considered by many to be one of the most influential members of the modern conservation movement in the first half of the 20th century, the impact of his work is still felt today. After the production and a lively Q&A with Tom, enjoy a stroll on the paved trail that runs along the lake and across the new pedestrian bridge. Cost per person is $65 and includes motorcoach transportation, lunch, presentation, and taxes and gratuities. Register with Kelsey Redlinger at 319-679-2128 or

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Lake Darling Lodge
111 Lake Darling Rd
Brighton, IA
United States