February/March/April Activities at Koreshan State Park

//February/March/April Activities at Koreshan State Park

FREE KORESHAN MUSIC SERIES

Most Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy live music in the Historic Art Hall at 1 p.m., taking full advantage of the excellent acoustics and the 1885 Steinway piano.  Contact the Ranger Station for more information (239) 992-0311.  Concerts are FREE with Park admission.

2/4 Angelita Berdiales of Bower School of Music: Piano, 2/5 Somang Shim of Bower School of Music: Piano, 2/11 Brooks Brothers Reminisce, 2/19 Debbie Carlsen: Piano and Vocals, 2/25 Yun Cao and Rebecca Roucant of Bower School of Music: Piano, 2/26 The Jarrett’s: Bluegrass,3/4 Captain Joe and the Bottom Feeders: Bluegrass, 3/5 Jill Vandam and Friends: Jazz, 3/11 The Jarrett’s: Bluegrass, 3/12 Debbie Carlsen: Piano and Vocals, 3/18 Elise Sherron, of Bower School of Music: Piano, 3/19 Scott Ritter and Paddle Faster: Bluegrass, 3/25 Brooks Brothers: Old Timers Reminisce Band, 4/1 Maria Lucia Roca of Bower School of Music: Piano, 4/2 Jason Gomez of Bower School of Music: Piano, 4/8 Juan Miguel Ayesta of Bower School of Music: Counter Tenor, 4/9 Scott Ritter of Paddle Faster: Bluegrass, 4/15 Susie Kelly of the SWFL Symphony.

GUIDED HISTORIC TOURS

Wednesday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Explore the 19th century religious Koreshan settlement, its structures, and gardens. Join our guided walking tours and learn about these idealistic pioneers. The walking tour is about an hour and a half. Guided Tours are $2 for adults, $1 for children under 6 years of age and can be purchased at the Ranger Station (239) 992-0311.

KAYAK the ESTERO RIVER from the Koreshan State Historic Site Boat Ramp.

Koreshan State Historic Site is now offering CANOES and KAYAKS for rent! Enjoy the serenity of our community’s hidden treasure, the Estero River, while paddling the freshly cleared waterway. Canoes rentals are $7.00 for the first hour, and $5.00 each additional hour. Single Kayak rentals are $10.00 for the first hour, and $5.00 each additional hour. Tandem Kayak rentals are $15.00 for the first hour, and $10.00 each additional hour. Rent at the Ranger Station. No reservations. For more information call (239) 992-0311.

BEGINNING BUTTERFLIES

February 9 at 10:00 a.m.

Join a park naturalist for a talk on butterflies. Topics will touch on differences between moths and butterflies, butterfly development, plants that support butterflies, netting techniques, tagging and more. Talk will be held in the picnic area, near the kayak launch. Reservations requested. Please call 23.992.0311. Tour is FREE with park entry of $5.00 per vehicle of up to 8 people, $4.00 for a single occupant and motorcycles, and $2.00 for pedestrians and bicyclists.

NATURE TRAIL HIKE

February 16 at 10:00 a.m.   

Join a park naturalist for a walk on the Nature Trails of Koreshan State Historic Site.  Learn some park history, history of the Estero River and find out about plants and critters that we meet along the way.  Walk will begin at the Koreshan State Historic Site picnic area near the kayak launch. Note: the walk will be approximately 1.8 miles long, the trail is uneven, has sand, grass, and packed earth along the way. Bring water, hat, and camera for pictures. Reservations requested.  Please call 239-992-0311.Tour is free with Park entry: $5.00 per vehicle, Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $4.00 Single Occupant vehicle. $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

GUIDED ESTERO BAY SCRUB TRAIL WALK

February 8 at 9:30 a.m, March 10 at 9:30 a.m., and March 12 at 8:30 a.m. Estero Bay Scrub (west end of Broadway)

Take a walk on the WILD SIDE! Join a member of the Alligator Amblers Chapter of the Florida Trail Association for a lovely walk through the Estero Bay Scrub. Learn about the environment around you. Observe mangroves, saw palmettos, sugar sand, and gopher tortoises, and fiddler crabs. Please wear old shoes as there may be a muddy, wet section of trail. Bring water, hat, sun protection, snacks. Tour lasts 2.5 hours. FREE with $2.00 walk-in admission at scrub on Broadway.

BEGINNING PHOTOGRAPHY

February 2 and 23 at 10:00 a.m.   

Join a park naturalist for a beginning photography tour of the different habitats and architecture within the park. Bring your camera or cell phone and learn the basics of photography, the best places to snap that perfect photo, discover unusual plants, buildings and critters that make up the many interesting aspects of Koreshan State Historic Site.  Tour will begin on the Art Hall Steps. Reservations requested. Please call 239-992-0311.Tour is free with Park entry: $5.00 per vehicle, Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $4.00 Single Occupant vehicle. $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass. 

JUNIOR RANGER

February 18    FLORIDA FIRE!

Come in for a fun learning experience! Learn from the Koreshan Fire Team about Florida’s fire-dependent ecosystem and the importance of prescribed fire in Florida. See the trucks and the gear used. Meet in the picnic area at 10:00am. Ideal for children ages 6-12. Parental presence required. Reservations requested. Please call (239) 992-0311.

NATIVE PLANT SALE

EVERY SUNDAY 8:00-1:00 p.m.

Learning about and purchasing native plants can be a daunting task, but it just got easier! The Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society volunteers will be selling native plants at the Koreshan State Historic Site Farmers Market EVERY SUNDAY 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Experts will be on hand to help answer your questions and teach you about the wonderful benefits of adding native plants to your landscaping. Volunteers will also explain about the fertilizer ordinance and invasive exotic plants. For more information, visit www.FNPSCoccoloba.org or call (239) 273-8945.

KORESHAN SUNDAY FARMERS MARKET

EVERY SUNDAY 8:00-1:00 p.m.

Join us in the historic settlement of Koreshans. Our Sunday Farmers Market offers local and organic produce, fresh seafood and dips, unique crafts, local honey, native plants, handcrafted jewelry, hot crepes and BBQ, beautiful art, and cool gifts! A market pass is $1. Contact the Ranger Station at (239) 992-0311 for more information.

GUIDED ESTERO RIVER and MOUND KEY KAYAKING TOUR

Join the College of Life Foundation on a guided tour through the historic beauty of the Estero River or paddle to Mound Key and hike the trail to the top of the ceremonial center of the Calusa Indians. Explore this unique ecosystem with dolphin, manatee, osprey, cormorants, great blue herons, and a Florida Master Naturalist in a comfortable, secure sea kayak.  Reservations required, please call (239) 992-2184.

KORESHAN BAKING

February 12 and February 26 at 10 a.m. 

Saunter back in time and enjoy a ‘pinch’ of history at the Cast Iron Café where recipes are prepared using a historic 1903 Dutch oven and wood-burning oven.

Florida Cracker Cowboy Cookin’

EVERY 1st and 3rd Thursday 10am

Saunter back in time and enjoy Cracker Cowboy Cooking at the Cast Iron Café where cowboy recipes, like hoppin’ johns and corn bread, are prepared using a historic Dutch oven and wood-burning oven.

Evelyn’s Koreshan Cooking 

EVERY 2nd and 4th Thursday 11am-1pm 

Enjoy Koreshan style recipes, like sausage and potato soup, prepared using a historic Dutch oven and wood-burning oven.

Guided BOTANICAL Tour

Every Tuesday at 1-2:30pm

Join a park naturalist and member of the Alligator Amblers on a Guided Botanical Garden Tour. Observe native and exotic plants established by the early Koreshans. Learn about the pioneer’s orchards and kitchen gardens. Guided Tours are $2 for adults, $1 for children under 6 years of age and can be purchased at the Ranger Station. 

ENGINE DEMONSTRATION

Every Wednesday and Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

Meet at the Generator Building for a demonstration of 1900’s engines.

Music by Mozart and Arensky featured at historic Art Hall

4 p.m., Sunday, February 26

The music of Mozart and Arensky will fill the historic Art Hall at 4 p.m., Sunday, February 26.

Performing artists include Suzanne Kirton on flute; Bella Gutshtein on piano; Boris Sandler on violin; John T. Posadas on viola and Adam Satinsky on cello.

Concert tickets are available at $42 per person; this price includes entrance to the park. Reservations may be made by calling (239) 596-8404 or emailing rcc@rccnaples.org

Crystal Bowl Meditation

1st and 3rd Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a 30-minute Crystal Bowl Meditation. The class offers the perfect opportunity to recharge your energy, rebalance your chakras, and to reconnect to your Higher Self. This is a pre-paid event. Please call (754) 444-9779.

YOGA in the PARK! Traditional Yoga

Every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Traditional Yoga class focuses on breathing, stretching and postures. Modifiable for all ages and levels of participants. Over time, this form of yoga will tone the body and focus the mind. Each practice will leave you relaxed, refreshed, and rejuvenated. Beginners welcome! Some mats provided. Bring a water bottle. $10 cash. Park admission FREE.

YOGA in the PARK! Goddess Yoga

Every Thursday at 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

This form of yoga incorporates goddess mythology into the physical practice of yoga, allowing participates to embrace and internalize the symbolic nature of each goddess in the practice. Focus is on improving internal strength, clarity, love and creativity, and is accompanied by a dynamic physical practice. Basic physical agility required. Some mats provided. Bring a water bottle. $10 cash. Park admission FREE.

CLASSIC CARS & CRAFTS SHOW

March 4 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

REV YOUR ENGINES! Come see a variety Classic Cars and bikes on display in the Historic Koreshan Settlement. Shop the arts, crafts, and food vendors at Planetary Court. Enjoy the bluegrass sounds of Captain Joe and the Bottom Feeders while you enjoy a great day in the Historic Koreshan Settlement. This event is FREE with paid park admission of $5.00 per car load of up to 8 people. Call the Ranger Station for more information, 239.992.0311.

ANTIQUE ENGINE & QUILT SHOW

March 18, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., & March 19, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

POP! HISS! View antique engines, tractors, and other farm equipment on display throughout the Historic Koreshan Settlement. Meander the Quilt Show featuring vintage quilts, contemporary quilts, and vintage sewing machines being used & on display. Learn how to care & preserve quilts form the experts. Celebrate the quilt traditions still carried on by quilters today. This event is FREE with paid park admission of $5.00 per car load of up to 8 people. Call the Ranger Station 239.992.0311 for more information.

Estero chamber concert in the Art Hall

4 p.m., Sunday, March 26

 Music of Brahms and P. Haas will be featured

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Annual CALUSA PALOOZA 2017

Saturday, April 22

Join us for the second annual Calusa Palooza! Race the Estero River and support youth paddling sports in SWFL sponsored by College of Life Foundation and South Florida Canoe Kayak Club. There is a race for everyone! Canoe, kayak and SUP will compete in a 4 or 8 mile race, youth 10 and under can compete in a 1 mile race. At this ACA sanctioned event all participants will receive a dri-fit long-sleeved shirt and lunch! Registration is required by calling (239) 992-2184. Rental equipment is available with advanced registration. RACE YA THERE!

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