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
J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Led by an expert, explore areas of this 6,300 acre nature preserve that is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the U.S. In addition to other wildlife, the refuge is renowned for its spectacular migratory bird populations. The refuge is named for Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jay Norwood Darling -- nicknamed Ding -- who was an important figure in the conservation movement and instrumental in founding the National Wildlife Federation under the leadership of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936. During a tram ride, an experienced naturalist will help you spot wildlife most visitors would never see.Dinner: Dinner this evening is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.Lodging: Hotel Indigo Fort MyersMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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: Lunch at a local restaurantAfternoon: 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.
Explore the many galleries of the quaint artists' colony, Matlacha and enjoy an afternoon ice cream.Dinner: Enjoy your last dinner together at a local restaurant.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