Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant near the hotel is a 3-course meal with salad, entrée, and dessert.Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.
Take the rest of the evening to settle in, relax, and prepare for the full day ahead.Lodging: Hotel Indigo Fort MyersMeals Included: Dinner
Southwest Florida Museum of History. Housed in the former Atlantic Coastline Railroad depot, the museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of history and traditions, with particular emphasis on Fort Myers and Southwest Florida. Paleo Indians, the Calusa, the Seminoles, Spanish explorers, and early settlers are just a few of those you will “meet” as a docent leads you through exhibits including an authentic replica of a pioneer "cracker" house, a 1926 La France fire pumper, and a 1929 private Pullman rail car.Lunch: At a popular local restaurant Oasis, choose from a variety of salads and sandwiches plus soda, coffee or tea, topped off with a slice of pie.
Afternoon: ECHO Global Farm. For more than 30 years, ECHO has been helping to provide thousands of development workers and organizations around the world with better access to vital information and other resources needed to improve food production and security for small farmers and gardeners. For 90 minutes explore the most creative working farm you have ever experienced. You will find demonstrations, plants, and techniques useful to farmers and urban gardeners in developing countries. Experience six settings of the Global Farm and taste leaves and berries while you explore rain-forest habitats, visit farm animals, stop at a simulated Haitian school, witness urban gardening techniques that allow gardens on rooftops, and learn all about ECHO's mission of helping the poor help themselves. Continue the afternoon with exploration of the sights and sounds that are most interesting to you personally. Program staff will be happy to offer suggestions.
At the conclusion of the field trip, we will return to the hotel via motorcoachDinner: At a restaurant in the downtown area.Evening: At leisure.
Lodging: Hotel Indigo Fort MyersMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Then, led by an expert, explore the Calusa Heritage Trail at Randell Research Center. The Center features the archaeology of the Pineland, the site of a Calusa Indian village.
Stop at the beautiful Matlacha Gardens for a docent led exploration.Dinner: We will eat out this evening at a local restaurant, French Connection.
Evening: At leisure.Lodging: Hotel Indigo Fort MyersMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The performance will be announced closer to the date.Lodging: Hotel Indigo Fort MyersMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The program concludes with this final presentation.
We hope you have enjoyed this encounter with the best of Fort Myers, and will join us for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Please stay in touch and share your memories, pictures, and comments via the Road Scholar Social Network. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast