Mound House will also expand its programming by offering its popular guided Eco-Kayak Tours on Saturdays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. These expert led tours take participants through mangroves tunnels and hidden inlets of Estero Bay Encounters with dolphins, manatees, raccoons, stingrays, tarpon, rosette spoonbills, herons, along with other birds, are common.
Mound House members save at $20 per tour. Regular price is $50 per person. To register, visit www.MoundHouse.org.
Mound House also offers daily guided Shell Mound tours that include a tour of the site, hands-on replica artifact demonstration, and atlatl spear throwing! Learn about the Calusa - the first residents of Fort Myers Beach - and how this indigenous nation constructed large shell mounds and ruled southern Florida for nearly 2,000 years.
Check www.MoundHouse.org for more information and tour times. Reservations are not required.
Events and Programs at Mound House in November
Mound House Lecture Series: The Calusa Legacy
Presented by Dave Scheidecker, Research Coordinator for the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Tribal Historic Preservation Office
Tuesday, November 7, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
What is the continuing legacy of the Calusa? Learn more about the connections of the Calusa people to the broader area during the Ancestral period, and the legacy of the Calusa ancestors within the Seminole Tribe in current times.
Dave graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a B.A. in History, and from Texas Tech with a Master’s in Anthropology. He has worked on historic and prehistoric archaeological sites in Texas, Ecuador, and Zimbabwe before returning to Florida. Dave has been with the THPO since 2015.
Mound House members save at $7 per person. Regular admission is $15 per person. Price includes lecture, museum admission, and complimentary light food and drinks. Register at www.MoundHouse.org.
Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Shop small and shop local at the Mound House Museum Store on Small Business Saturday. The Museum Store will be offering 20% off storewide! Mound House members will save an additional 10% off! The Museum Store features curated items with a focus on history and nature including toys, jewelry, home décor, books, wellness, bird-friendly coffee, local honey, and more.
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 - 11 a.m.
Explore the winding mangrove creeks and go places only a kayak can go on this guided eco-tour of Estero Bay. This beginner friendly tour allows you to experience and learn more about the natural beauty of a mangrove estuary and the history of the area.
Mound House kayak tours are conducted in accordance with Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism guidelines. All paddling and kayak safety equipment is provided. Ages 12 and up. Weather permitting. Maximum of 12 paddlers per tour. Shoes required, and water is strongly recommended. Mound House members save at $20 per person. Regular price is $50 per person. Register at www.MoundHouse.org.
Shell Mound Tours
Select times Wednesday – Saturday. Check www.MoundHouse.org for times.
Discover the archaeology and history of the site and learn what clues were uncovered about this 1,600-year-old shell mound. This hands-on tour will explore the environmental and cultural history of the site and feature replica artifact demonstrations. Mound House members save with free tours, and regular price is museum admission + $5. No reservation required.