Jay N. Darling (1876-1962) is a national treasure. Let us share this two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist, writer, sportsman, Duck Stamp artist, world traveler, conservation activist, National Wildlife Federation founder, National Wildlife Refuge System developer and advocate, musician, Cooperative Research Program founder, J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge namesake, gardener, pilot, Sanibel and Captiva Island, Florida resident, visionary and — indeed — the prankster.

It is time once again for a great American story!

The one-hour documentary, “America’s Darling: The Story of Jay N. ‘Ding’ Darling,” released by Marvo Entertainment Group LLC in 2013, is the true story of Jay N. Darling, a national cartoonist who changed America by influencing her presidents, shaping her landscapes and winning the hearts of her people.

Preserve a Legacy. Inspire Change.

The Jay N. Darling Legacy Center has evolved into a non-profit friends group to support, enhance, and champion Jay N. Darling’s legacy. Sam Koltinsky had the honor of both a friendship and mentorship through Christopher “Kip” Koss, Darling’s grandson. This website represents years of discussions and promises to Kip and his wife, Andrea! Darling’s footprint is wide across the world. We are honored to foster his legacy and to connect with future generations. 

The Jay N. Darling Legacy Center supports the establishment and work of The Jay N. Darling Institute at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, as the Institute communicates Darling’s legacy and inspires others to build upon that legacy in order to make the world a better place. Please join us in stewarding and fulfilling the promise for future generations.

Help us preserve an extraordinary part of Darling’s legacy through
The Jay N. Darling Institute at Drake University https://alumni.drake.edu/darling

We are excited about our contemporary programs and legacy partnerships inspired by the Darling footprint. Darling’s leadership style, character, and vision are represented in these initiatives.

Congratulations MISHA Participant Artists!
Click for acceptance and online programming information

Flying High with us in 2021!
Duck Stamp 2021
Hosted by Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

Honoring a Legacy
Maynard Reece, Five-time Duck Stamp Winner
Make Maynard’s Gift Your Gift

Celebrating a Partnership
With a different tune from Songbirds!
Songbird Art Contest

Connecting Legacies: Then and Now
The Piney Woods School

The Jay N. Darling Kiosk Timeline highlights the legacy “Ding” Darling left behind by remembering details from his life.

Douglas Brinkley, Presidential Historian and Conservationist, shares his perspective on Darling.

Still wondering what makes the Darling Institute so valuable? Watch here!

Continue following the latest Darling-Inspired News for further updates about the Darling Legacy Center and its outreach.