26th Annual GHOST WALK Performance
January 26 & 27 and February 2 & 3
Experience the unique history of this unusual community come to life as actors in period costumes portray the founding of the Koreshan Unity Settlement on the ground where it actually took place over 100 years ago. Enjoy a nighttime stroll along candlelit pathways, under the moonlight, as you walk to historic, restored Koreshan buildings. The “Koreshans” tell their own story, scene by scene. Enjoy a treat made from a Koreshan recipe and watch as the Fairbanks Morse diesel engine lights up the night! This walking play lasts 1 hour. Limited tickets are available for $25.00 and can be purchased at http://friendsofkoreshan.org/. Shows beginning at 6:45 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:00 p.m.
FREE KORESHAN MUSIC SERIES
January – March – Most Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy live music in the Historic Art Hall. Enjoy the excellent acoustics and the 1885 Steinway piano at 1:00pm in the Art Hall. FREE with park entry.
January 7: Scott Ritter
January 13: Brooks Brothers
January 14: The Jarretts
January 20: Sarah Hadeka
January 27: KG and The Rangers
January 28: Sax Quartet
GUIDED HISTORIC TOURS
January-March WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY at 10 am and 2 pm
Explore the 19th century religious Koreshan settlement, its structures, and gardens. Join the 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.
JUNIOR RANGER Program
3rd Saturday of EVERY month at 10am
January 20 Koreshan ART
Come in for a fun learning experience-Become a JUNIOR RANGER! We will discover cool stuff about Florida! Meet in the picnic area at 10:00am. Ideal for children ages 6-12. Parental presence required.
HIKE the NATURE TRAIL
January – April – EVERY Saturday at 10 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. To reserve your space, please visit http://friendsofkoreshan.org/nature-hike/ or call 239-992-0311. Tour is free with park entry.
EVERY Sunday in January 11:00-1:00 p.m.
Meet at the Cast Iron Café for a pinch of history and a taste too! Koreshan bread and a delightful sweet treat are prepared in the historic cast iron stove.
January– March Every Wednesday and Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
Meet at the Generator Building for a demonstration of the Fairbanks Morse diesel engine. Watch as piece of history roars to life!
Florida Cracker Cowboy Cookin’
January – March EVERY Thursday 10a.m.
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
January – March EVERY 2nd and 4th Thursday 11a.m.-1p.m.
Enjoy a taste of history. Meet at the Cast Iron Café to enjoy Koreshan style recipes, like sausage and potato soup, prepared using a historic Dutch oven and wood-burning oven.
EVERY Tuesday at 10 a.m.
Reservations requested. To reserve your space, please visit http://friendsofkoreshan.org/photographers-nature-hike/ or call 239-992-0311. Tour is free with park entry.
January 1st at 9:00a.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. 15 people maximum. Pre-registration REQUIRED at 239.495.7644.
January 2 Photography for Beginners – 10:00 a.m. Join a park naturalist on the steps of the Art Hall 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.
January 9 Gopher Tortoise – 10:00 a.m. Join a park naturalist in the Art Hall of the
Koreshan State Historic Site for a talk on gopher tortoises. Tortoises are interesting creatures as well as being an ancient species. They are fun to watch and are extremely interesting but we must never lose sight of the fact that they are endangered. Discussion will touch on behaviors, anatomy and fun facts as well as the ability to hold and see the shells of specimens that lived in Koreshan State Historic Site.
January 16 Nature Hike – 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.
January 23 Photographers Nature Hike – 10:00 a.m. Join a park naturalist at the Koreshan State Historic Site Cast Iron Café for a photographers walk on the Nature Trails of Koreshan State Historic Site. We will tour the different habitats and take time to photograph the trees, critters, and other sights. Note: the photo walk will be approximately 1 mile long, the trail is uneven, has sand, grass and packed earth along
the way. Bring water, hat and camera.
January 28, 4 p.m., ESTERO CONCERT SERIES
One of J. S. Bach’s most famous works, the Concerto for 2 violins, and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 1 Op. 18 will be featured during the chamber music concert at the Koreshan Art Hall at 4 p.m., Sunday, January 28. Tickets are available at $42 per person per concert; this price includes entrance to the park. These concerts have been sold out in the past so reservations are recommended. Reservations may be made by calling (239) 596-8404 or emailing email@example.com.
January 30 Shells – Mysterious Beauties – 10:00 a.m. Join a park naturalist in the Art Hall of the Koreshan State Historic Site for a talk on shells and the mysterious creatures that reside inside. Find out how the shells are created and built. Discussion will touch on behaviors, anatomy and fun facts as well as the ability to hold and see the shells of specimens that lived in the Gulf of Mexico and Estero Bay.
9th Annual CLASSIC CAR & CRAFT SHOW
March 3rd 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
REV YOUR ENGINES! Cruise in for a great day filled with classic cars, vintage bikes, and hot rods in the Historic Koreshan Settlement. Shop the arts and crafts at Planetary Court. Enjoy live music and great food! 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.
28th Annual ANTIQUE ENGINE & QUILT SHOW
March 17, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. & 18, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
POP! HISS! Step back into time while antique engines, tractors, trucks, and farm equipment putter and hiss 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 from the experts and 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.
3rd Annual CALUSA PALOOZA 2018
Saturday, April 7, 7a.m.-12p.m.
Join us for the 3rd annual Calusa Palooza! Race on the Estero River and support youth paddling sports in SWFL sponsored by College of Life Foundation. There is a race for everyone! Canoe, kayak, and SUP compete in a 4 or 8-mile race, youth 10 and under 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 athttps://paddleguru.com/races/CalusaPalooza2018
Rental equipment is available with advanced registration. RACE YA THERE!
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.
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.
YOGA & a Walk!
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. Park admission FREE.
BELVINS BOOT CAMP!
EVERY Mon – Fri at 5:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Meet at Koreshan for a great workout! Weights are provided. Bring water, yoga mat, and towel. $15. Park admission FREE.
CRYSTAL BOWL MEDITATION
EVERY Wednesday at 7p.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. Pre-register at TheGypsySeaWitch.com (754) 444-9779
GUIDED ESTERO RIVER and MOUND KEY KAYAKING TOURS
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.
KAYAK the ESTERO RIVER
The Koreshan State Historic Site Boat Ramp! Have you explored the Estero River lately? Now is the time! 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.