Thomas Edison worked as a traveling telegraph during the Civil War. At the same time, a college professor, Joshua Chamberlain, led his troops into battle at Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg. Join Program Manager, Holly Shaffer, for this digital discussion. Holly was a volunteer docent at the Joshua Chamberlain Museum in Brunswick,…

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The abundance of bamboo growing at Seminole Lodge enticed Edison to purchase the 13.5-acre property in 1885. When the inventor began conducting electric lighting experiments in 1879, he tested a variety of potential long-lasting filaments, including hair, cotton, cardboard. After years of experimentation, Edison carbonized fibers from different varieties of bamboo that could burn between…

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In this talk, learn how to grow and care for vines and trellises in various landscapes. Participants will receive a 20% off coupon for use on plant purchases in the Garden Shoppe. Advance registration is not required. Edison Ford members: $10; non-members; $15

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The Southwest Florida Music Education Center (SWFLMEC) is hosting a free community engagement event to share more about their post-secondary music education certificates for musically talented neurodivergent young adults. The event, geared toward prospective students, interested families, music educators and mental health professionals, is on Thursday, May 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. at The…

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Learn about the different bulbs that can be grown here in Southwest Florida and how to add them to your garden. Participants will receive a coupon for 20% off plant purchase in the Garden Shoppe. Talks typically last about 1.5 hours. Guests should wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen and a hat, and bring drinking water. Registration…

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According to Thomas Edison, “baseball is the greatest of American games”. Baseball was a popular pastime that emerged when Thomas Edison was a teenager during the Civil War. Learn about the world-famous inventor’s favorite game, its impact on the soldiers, and how it was played during the war. Join Program Manager, Holly Shaffer, for this…

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  Join an Advanced Florida Master Naturalist to learn about the basics of Geocaching, the high -tech treasure hunt! The session will focus on understanding the basics of geocaching, learning to navigate the Geocaching website, and using new skills to find a cache within the park!! Talk will start at the Cast Iron Café of…

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Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. (May 4, 11, 18, and 25) This one 1-hour yoga class allows you to step away from all the 21st century gadgets and focus on the moment. All skill levels welcome. The class is taught by Bonnie D’Angelo, a certified yoga instructor. She is RYT200 certified with Yoga Alliance and…

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An Advanced Florida Master Naturalist will be in the park to share information on manatees and dolphins. These creatures are fun to watch and are extremely interesting!  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…

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This outdoor exhibit features handmade sculptures made by school children from a dozen Lee County schools. Educators from participating schools will receive a 30” x 30” five-pointed star that students can paint or decorate with recyclable materials. Each school’s star will be on display in the gardens outside the museum. 239-334-7419 

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Students from local schools will participate in this 14th annual art exhibit. Educators from participating schools will receive a 30” X 30” five-pointed star that students can paint or decorate with recyclable materials. Each school’s star will be on display in the gardens outside the museum. 239-334-7419

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Join an Advanced Florida Master Naturalist for a beginning photography session within the Koreshan State Park. Bring your camera 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 Park.  Session will begin in front…

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