ManateeKoreshan State Park – Florida master naturalist programs

An advanced Florida Master Naturalist will be in the park from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 4, to share information on manatees and dolphins.  The discussion will touch on behaviors, anatomy and fun facts, as well as differences between the two species. Bones of these species will be held and viewed so that participants can experience and understand more deeply the wonders of these marine mammals.

Other January topics include:  geocaching, shells and gopher tortoises.

The talks are free with park entry fee: $5 per vehicle with 2-8 occupants, $4 per single-occupant vehicle, and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. Masks suggested but not required.

KSP Ghost Walk

Koreshan State Park – Friends of Koreshan

Ghost walk in the park returns Friday and Saturday, January 28 and 29.  You will stroll past restored buildings from a bygone era and watch reenactors perform scenes from their lives before, during, and after the Koreshans settled in Southwest Florida.

Notable Koreshan figures reenacted will include Gustav Damkohler whose riverfront land provided the Koreshans a new home, Professor Eleanor Castle, one of the Seven Sisters of the Planetary Court who managed the Koreshan Unity, Victoria Gratia, the “Motherhood Empress of the Imperial Dominion of Koreshanity” and of course, the Koreshan Unity’s founder and famous leader, Dr. Cyrus Teed.

Showtimes are 6:45, 7:00, 7:15, 7:30, 7:45 and 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $25, non-refundable. Performances sell out quickly! Click here to purchase tickets.

Bower School of MusicFGCU Bower School of Music

On Saturday, January 22, 7:30 p.m., Kevin Chance, professor at the University of Alabama, and Eun-Hee Park professor at the University of Montevallo, Alabama present an exciting program of works for two pianos. Both brilliant soloists, together they share the passion and beauty in the masterpieces for two pianos that they perform. This concert presents a special opportunity to hear two brilliant pianists performing on matching 9-foot grand Steinway concert pianos.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $7 for students and are available at or 239-745-4268.

Estero Historical SocietyEstero Historical Society

The Society will host Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) President Jim Gilmartin as their guest speaker at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, January 15.  His topic is “ECCL Service to the Community”.

A continental breakfast will be served on the Cottage deck.  The event is free but they request reservations.  The Cottage is located in the Estero Park at 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd.

Estero Community Recreation Center