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Friday, 13 November 2020 20:46

Fort Myers Beach Mound House Upcoming Outdoor Nature & Education Events For The Week Featured

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mound house Environmental Educator Dexter Norris, at the right foreground, teaches the Summit Christian School students how the ancient Calusa made handmade clay pottery! mound house Environmental Educator Dexter Norris, at the right foreground, teaches the Summit Christian School students how the ancient Calusa made handmade clay pottery!

 

 

 

 

 

The historic Mound House, on Fort Myers Beach and one of Southwest Florida’s most iconic historic attractions, traces its roots back to the ancient Calusa of over 2,000 years ago! The oldest standing structure on Estero Island, the Mound House features the innovative and unique archaeological underground exhibit that showcases the Calusa Indian Shell Mound, along with a multitude of artifacts and a gorgeous location on the scenic Estero Bay, with almost 3 acres of manicured grounds ideal for a leisurely stroll.

In addition to the Mound House, the site provides an array of outdoor nature and education programs for families and visitors of all ages, including children, complete with Center for Disease Control (CDC) precautions. The Mound House, at 451 Connecticut Street with overflow parking at 216 Connecticut, is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All visitors must wear masks, with CDC and Social Distancing guidelines in place. For more information and a program schedule, call 239-765-0865 or visit www.moundhouse.org.

The Mound House, operated by the Town of Fort Myers Beach as a museum complex, offers numerous educational programs each month, including the exploration of the 2,000-year-old Calusa Indian Shell Mound, beach walks, and kayak eco-tours. Mound House admission is $10 for ages 13 & up, $8 for students with IDs, $5 ages 6 to 12, and 5 & under free, with Town residents receiving a 50% discount.

Friday, November 13: “Sunset Kayak Tour”: Ages 12 & up, weather permitting, at 3:30 p.m.

People travel from all over the nation and world to marvel at Fort Myers Beach sunsets, but not many get to do so by kayak! In addition to catching a breathtaking sunset, explore the tidal creeks and winding mangrove tunnels that extend into the hidden backwaters of Estero Bay while experiencing the estuary’s abundant wildlife in the quiet of twilight in accordance with the Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism guidelines. The Mound House provides all paddling and safety equipment, with Center for Disease Control and Social Distancing in place; all participants must wear masks on land. $45-per-person; Mound House Members $15; a maximum of 8 paddlers per tour, with private group tours available.

Saturday, November 14: “Mangroves by Kayak Tour”: Ages 12 & up weather permitting at 9 a.m.

Explore the winding mangrove creeks and hidden waters of the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve as only a kayaker can on this Environmental Educator-guided tour of the ancient realm of the Calusa! Witness birds, fish, manatee and dolphins as you paddle through the natural beauty of Estero and Hell Peckney Bays in a tandem kayak. All paddling & safety equipment provided, with kayak tours in accordance with Florida Society of Ethical Ecotourism guidelines. $45-per-person including Mound House admission; Mound House members $15. Advance reservations necessary; private tours available. CDC and Social Distancing guideline in place & all participants must wear a mask on land. 8 paddlers per tour.

Saturday, November 14: “Shell Mound” Outside Guided Tour, all ages; 11 a.m.

If you dig archaeology, this program is for you! Tour the 2,000-year-old Calusa Indian Shell Mound led by the Mound House Interpretive Staff as you explore the archaeology of the site while unearthing the clues archaeologists discovered about this ancient society. All participants over the age of 6 must wear a mask. $5-per-person that does not include the Mound House admission; Mound House members free.

Tuesday, November 17: FREE “Newton Beach Park Guided Beach Walk”: All ages weather permitting at 9 a.m.

This twice-weekly free outdoor nature program is different every single time, as the “Guided Beach Walks” have a simple premise – the groups walk roughly a half-mile down the beach and back, discussing whatever you find that particular morning, with the wind and waves dictating what comes up each day. Meet at the thatched hut closest to the beach, with CDC and Social Distancing in place and face masks mandatory. In addition to your face mask, bring sunscreen, shoes to get wet, sunglasses, and hat if necessary. No reservations necessary; while free, parking is $3-per-hour, with one hour generally enough. Newton Beach Park is mid-island at 4650 Estero Boulevard.

Tuesday, November 17: “Shell Mound” Outside Guided Tour, all ages; 11 a.m.

If you dig archaeology, this program is for you! Tour the 2,000-year-old Calusa Indian Shell Mound led by the Mound House Interpretive Staff as you explore the archaeology of the site while unearthing the clues archaeologists discovered about this ancient society. All participants over the age of 6 must wear a mask. $5-per-person that does not include the Mound House admission; Mound House members free.

Wednesday, November 18: “Mangroves by Kayak Tour”: Ages 12 & up weather permitting at 9 a.m.

Explore the winding mangrove creeks and hidden waters of the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve as only a kayaker can on this Environmental Educator-guided tour of the ancient realm of the Calusa! Witness birds, fish, manatee and dolphins as you paddle through the natural beauty of Estero and Hell Peckney Bays in a tandem kayak. All paddling & safety equipment provided, with kayak tours in accordance with Florida Society of Ethical Ecotourism guidelines. $45-per-person; Mound House members $15. Advance reservations necessary; private tours available. CDC and Social Distancing guideline in place & all participants must wear a mask on land. 8 paddlers per tour.

Thursday, November 19: FREE “Newton Beach Park Guided Beach Walk”: All ages weather permitting at 9 a.m.

This twice-weekly free outdoor nature program is different every single time, as the “Guided Beach Walks” have a simple premise – the groups walk roughly a half-mile down the beach and back, discussing whatever you find that particular morning, with the wind and waves dictating what comes up each day. Meet at the thatched hut closest to the beach, with CDC and Social Distancing in place and face masks mandatory. In addition to your face mask, bring sunscreen, shoes to get wet, sunglasses, and hat if necessary. No reservations necessary; while free, parking is $3-per-hour, with one hour generally enough. Newton Beach Park is mid-island at 4650 Estero Boulevard.

Thursday, November 19: “Shell Mound” Outside Guided Tour, all ages; 11 a.m.

If you dig archaeology, this program is for you! Tour the 2,000-year-old Calusa Indian Shell Mound led by the Mound House Interpretive Staff as you explore the archaeology of the site while unearthing the clues archaeologists discovered about this ancient society. All participants over the age of 6 must wear a mask. $5-per-person that does not include the Mound House admission; Mound House members free.

Gary Mooney

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