Mound House Tours

Experience old Florida at the Mound House where Estero Island's oldest standing structure sits on an ancient Calusa Indian Mound. Through archaeology and history 2,000 years of island life are revealed. Tours are available TU, WE and SA. Summer tour hours are 9am-noon, last tour at 11:30am. Meet at the picnic tables. Volunteers are needed. If you can help, call 239-765-0865.   Edit   Delete

Waterfront Tours

The Marine Science Center offers weekly Working Waterfront Tours from 9am-12noon. Get a close up look at our local shrimping industry with this 3-hour guided tour. Learn about Florida’s "Pink Gold” and the oldest and largest shrimp fleet in Florida. Includes a 90 min. guided visit to the Museum and a 90 min. visit to the commercial fishing industry. Cost $15/adult; $10 for children over 6. 239-765-8101.   Edit   Delete

Zumba

Zumba classes will be offered at Beach Elementary School outdoor pavilion on TU & TH 3:30-4:30pm from Sept 16-Dec 11 with instructor Gil Gonzalez. Join this class and enjoy fun dance moves set to lively Latin spirited rhythms. Cost $25 for entire session. Pay Renee Mulloy before first class. Register online at wellness.leeschools.net. Children may not accompany class participants.    Edit   Delete

Yoga At 7 Seas

Head to the Seven Seas house at Newton Park on Tuesdays at 5:45pm for a yoga class taught by Susan Carter, RYT, an instructor with over ten years of experience. This drop-in yoga class is for all levels of yoga experience. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat if they have one. $10/class. 239-765-0865    Edit   Delete

Guided Kayak Tours

The Mound House hosts kayak tours every other Saturday, departing from the Mound House and winding through the back bay with a visit to Dog Key and a Calusa shell mound. All equipment provided. Bring water shoes, hat, sunscreen and water. Must register 1 week in advance. Tours Nov 1, 15 and Dec 13 from 9am-1pm. Cost $30/person. 239-765-0865    Edit   Delete

Lovers Key State Park

Guided nature programs are offered in the park. All programs require registration, are free with park entry and take place at 10am. To register call 239-463-4588. Upcoming programs include:

TU Nov 18-Beach Walk & Estuary Tour

TH Nov 20-Black Island Kayak Tour

FR Nov 21-Black Island Bike Tour

TU Nov 25-Fishing Clinic    Edit   Delete

Sand Sculpting

The 28th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championships will be held on the beach behind Wyndham Garden Nov 21-30. FR Nov 21 will be Make a Wish Day with 20% of ticket proceeds donated to the organization. The event will include all the favorite events like Quick Sand, Flying Colors, Chainsaw Art, Photo Opportunity Sculptures as well as kids activity zone and live music.    Edit   Delete

New Environmental Tours

Estero Bay Express II at Fish Tale Marina is offering two special excursions. On SU Nov 23 at 9am, Shelling Marine Life Trip, a two-hour tour, will include Estero Bay and a stop at a remote beach to search for marine life like seahorses, urchins and lightning whelks. Shell ID sheets and dip nets will be provided. $35/person, children under 12-$25. Under 3 free. On SU Nov 30 at 9am a Mound Key Trip will provide a guided tour of the island, including a walking nature tour with plant ID and Calusa Indian history. $35/person. Reservations 239-463-3600 x 1    Edit   Delete

Art Gallery

The Fort Myers Beach Art Association will be hosting two special events on SU Nov 23. A Reception for the Ireland Plein Air Painters will be at 1:30pm, followed by a Reception for the Fall Judged Show at 2:15pm. Sixteen FMBAA artists traveled to Ireland in June. From Nov 15-Dec 11, selected paintings from the trip will be on display in Gallery 2; The Fall Judged Show will be in the main gallery. The gallery is open MO-SA 10am-3pm; SU Noon-3pm at Donora and Shellmound.    Edit   Delete