This Week at the Mound House

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Tuesday, January 22nd

Beach Walk: Explore the natural treasures on Fort Myers Beach through a guided walk along the shore. Participants should meet at Newton Beach Park under the thatched hut (4650 Estero Blvd). Wear sunscreen, appropriate clothing, shoes and hats. Weather permitting.9 a.m. Free.

Caloosa Carvers’ Woodworking Demonstration: See the craftsmen of the Caloosa Carvers make replicas of Calusa items, some using wood from the Mound House property. 9 a.m. to noon. At the Mound House, 425 Connecticut St., Fort Myers Beach. Free.

Tools of the Calusa Demonstration: This hands-on demonstration will explore how the most powerful American Indian tribe in Southwest Florida crafted their tools, weapons and implements of daily life from their natural surroundings. Swing a real conch hammer, handle a shark tooth carving tool, and try your luck with an ancient atlatl “spear thrower” as you step back in time atop an ancient Calusa Indian shell mound. 10 a.m. Adults $15, includes museum admission. At the Mound House, 451 Connecticut St., Fort Myers Beach.

 

Wednesday, January 23rd

Mangroves by Kayak Guided Tour: This guided kayak tour explores the winding mangrove creeks and hidden backwaters of Estero Bay as only a kayaker can. Dexter Norris, biologist, naturalist and Mound House environmental educator, guides this unique tour. Experience the abundant natural beauty of the ancient realm of the Calusa. Search for birds, fish, manatees and dolphins as you paddle through the Estero and Hell Peckney bays in a tandem kayak. Mound House kayak tours are conducted in accordance with Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism guidelines. All paddling and safety equipment provided. Ages 12 and up. Weather permitting.  9 a.m. $45 ($15 for Mound House members). At 451 Connecticut St., Fort Myers Beach. Reservations required.

 

Friday, January 25th

Mound Key Boat Tour: Leaving port from Fish Tale Marina, board the Estero Bay Express on an exclusive experience to Mound House and onto Mound Key, capital of the Calusa. At both sites you will learn about the rich history of the Calusa as well as new findings scientists are discovering about this ancient society. Guests will disembark from the boat to hike the trails of Mound Key. All along the way, discover the ecology of Estero Bay as you search for diverse wildlife including dolphins, manatees, and birds. This trip requires walking and travelling over rough terrain. $55 per person; Members $50. Weather permitting. 3:30-6:45 pm. Reservations required.

 

Saturday, January 26th

Mangroves by Kayak Guided Tour: This guided kayak tour explores the winding mangrove creeks and hidden backwaters of Estero Bay as only a kayaker can. Dexter Norris, biologist, naturalist and Mound House environmental educator, guides this unique tour. Experience the abundant natural beauty of the ancient realm of the Calusa. Search for birds, fish, manatees and dolphins as you paddle through the Estero and Hell Peckney bays in a tandem kayak. Mound House kayak tours are conducted in accordance with Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism guidelines. All paddling and safety equipment provided. Ages 12 and up. Weather permitting. Guided Tour: 9 a.m. $45 ($15 for members). Reservations required.

Archaeology of the Mound House

Explore what archaeologists uncovered about the Calusa Indians that lived on this 2,000-year-old Indian Shell Mound. Participants will have the opportunity to view artifacts from the Mound House currently not on display, and sort through materials from the Calusa Indian Shell Mound. Learn some of the techniques and tools that archaeologists use to uncover clues about people of the past. 10 a.m. Adults $15, ages 6 to 12, $10. Includes museum admission.

For more information or reservations:
Call 239-765-0865 or visit moundhouse.org