EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Edison Ford Holiday Nights, 2017
What: Edison Ford Children's Tree Trail Free Preview Night
When: Monday, November 20, 2017
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
What: A Star-Spangled Holiday
When: November 24 - December 31, 2017
Time: 9:00am-9:00pm
Where: Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Sanibel Sea School 
Sanibel Sea School is dedicated to vibrantly teaching children and adults about marine ecosystems - animals, people, plants, land, ocen and weather.  They provide students an opportunity to touch, feel and interact with natural surroundings.  In addition to their standard programs, Sanibel Sea School works with many homeschool groups to design curriculum-based field trips and lessons.  They also provide summer camps and scholarships.
Learn More: http://www.sanibelseaschool.org/ 
Edison Fairs, 2018
These are exciting times in Southwest Florida!  While our Regional Science Fair is turning 60, our Regional Inventors Fair enters its 30th year of competition and our Elementary Science Expo will be a "teenage" in May.  Through our Fair Program, student participants compete for approximately $5 Million in prizes, scholarships, and special awards across local, regional, state and international levels of competition.  Over the past six decades, our Edison Fairs Program has grown into the largest pre-collegiate STEM competition program in Southwest Florida and includes three signature events: Thomas Alva Edison Kiwanis Regional Science and Engineering Fair (since 1958); Thomas A. Edison Festival of Light Regional Inventors Fair (since 1988); and Elementary Science Expo (since 2005).
Regional Science and Inventors Fair
When: TBA
Where: TBD
More information including registration, fair guidelines, and fair forms are available: http://www.edisonfairs.org/
Direct Contact Information: Pearce Augustenborg, Education Coordinator, Edison & Ford Winter Estates; 239-334-7419 or caug[email protected] 
Elementary Science Expo
When: TBA
Where: TBD
More information including registration, fair guidelines, and fair forms are available: http://www.edisonfairs.org/
Direct Contact Information: Pearce Augustenborg, Education Coordinator, Edison & Ford Winter Estates; 239-334-7419 or [email protected]
ArtFest Fort Myers, 2018
When: February 2 - 4, 2018
Where: downtown Fort Myers
What: High school students may participate in the Chalk Block Art Experience and/or Exhibit and Compeition.  See flyers for details.
Details: https://artfestfortmyers.com/

EDUCATIONAL FIELD TRIPS

Environmental Learning Center at EVERGLADES WONDER GARDENS

An Environmental Learning Center that focuses on the needs of home based education is being developed at the Everglades Wonder Gardens. The center is working with local educational institutions (Pre-K through Lifelong Learning) to provide classes; course curricula/lesson plans; related activities that promote authentic learning and instructors. Materials can be used without cost by parents who home school, teachers and organizations that address the educational needs of children. The materials are designed to supplement the Florida State Standards including: learning kits, hands-on activities/direct classes, authentic learning experiences, holding student clubs/meetings in the gardens, and live web cams to remotely monitor animal activity.

Providing educational programs that facilitate a deeper understanding of the environment addresses the Everglades Wonder Gardens’ mission to be a “botanical, environmental, educational and wildlife” resource for the greater Southwest Florida community. 

Volunteers Needed: Volunteers are needed to help develop class kits that can be borrowed without cost by home schooling parent and youth group educators in the five-county area.
To Schedule a Tour or receive More Information: Environmental Learning Center Coordinator Beth Hagan, Ph.D at [email protected] or 239-947-8085
Where: Everglades Wonder Gardens, 27180 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs, FL 34135

SHELL FACTORY & NATURE PARK

The Shell Factory offers guided tours of their Nature Park.  Included are opportunities for the Eco Lab, Touch Center, Petting Farm and Dinosaur Park.  Please contact the Pam Plummer to schedule your field trip and find out more about how the Shell Factory can support your curriculum.

Pam Plummer = 239-995-2141 ext 116