Events around Estero in October

Healthy Life Center

The Healthy Life Center offers programs and classes that help you prevent problems, increase overall health, and effectively live with existing conditions.

A strong core can stave off a number of issues. Check out “Improving Your Posture” on Tuesday, October 18 at 1 p.m.

A gentle martial art practiced by people of all ages, Tai Chi can both improve current overall physical well-being and prevent future injury. Try “Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance” starting on Wednesday, October 12 at 9 a.m. and continuing for six weeks.

Living with COPD? The HLC offers “Living with COPD Lecture and Screening” on Friday, October 14 at 10 a.m.

In addition, ongoing programs are available throughout the month:

Yoga for all levels is available at 5 p.m. every Monday (bring a mat) and the

Walking Club meets Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.

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Koreshan State Historic Site

Kayak the Estero River from 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.

Yoga in the Park! Traditional Yoga

Every Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 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 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.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.

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.

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 quaint summer market offers local produce, fresh seafood, local honey handcrafted goods, pickles and olives, and fresh mozzarella cheese! The market is FREE for the summer. Contact the Ranger Station at (239) 992-0311 for more information.

Guided Historic Tours

Every Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
(Beginning in January, 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.

Vintage RV Show

Saturday, October 22nd 10:00-4:00 p.m.

The Tin Can Tourists present the 10TH Annual Vintage RV Show at Koreshan State Historic Site. View a variety of vintage RVs from travel trailers to classic motorhomes, even old-school camping rigs! Come checkout these rides from the past FREE with park admission. Call the Ranger Station for details at (239) 992-0311.

3RD Annual Family Halloween Festival

Saturday, October 29th 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Join our State Park family as we welcome families into the Historic Settlement of the Koreshan Unity to celebrate the fall season. Take a fun hayride, be a part of the parade, and the costume contest! Let your little ones enjoy activities and treats while you learn about the services your community has to offer. Fun for families. FREE with Park admission. Call the Ranger Station for details at (239) 992-0311. Tables are still available for organizations and businesses- email – call (508) 395-1363 to participate.

For more information, go to https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Koreshan

Lovers Key

Beach Walk and Estuary Tour

Thursdays, October 6 and 20 at 10:00 a.m.

Take a leisurely one-mile walk over the estuary and along the beach with a park naturalist. Find out what washes ashore on the beach during the night and learn about coastal wildlife. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Lovers Key Fishing Clinic

Tuesday, October 11 at 10:00 a.m.

Join a park ranger to learn a variety of tackle and fresh bait rigs, find out the best places to drop a line, and learn about the rules and regulations that pertain to game fishing in Southwest Florida. Due to limited space, reservations are required.  Call 239-463-4588.

Beginning Butterflies

Thursday, October 13 at 10:00 a.m.

Join a park naturalist for a talk on the butterflies of Lovers Key State Park. Topics will touch on differences between moths and butterflies, butterfly development, plants that support butterflies, netting techniques, tagging and more. Bring your camera to capture a picture of these beautiful creatures. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

The Gopher Tortoise

Friday, October 21 at 10:00 a.m.

Join a park ranger for an interesting and informative talk about the Gopher Tortoise. Learn about this tortoise that lives right here at Lovers Key and the threats they face. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Beginning Photography at Lovers Key

Thursday, October 27 at 10:00 a.m.

Join a park naturalist for a photogenic tour of the estuaries of Lovers Key. Bring your camera to learn where the best places are to snap that perfect photo & learn about the plants and animals that make this ecosystem home. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

The Florida Manatee

Friday, October 28 at 10:00 a.m.

Join a park ranger for an interesting and informative talk about the Florida Manatee. Learn about Florida’s gentle giants and the threats they face. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Programs are included in park admission fees of:

  • $4.00 for vehicles with one individual.
  • $8.00 for vehicles with two to eight individuals.
  • $2.00 per pedestrian or cyclist.

All programs will take place at Lovers Key State Park and registration is required. The park offers many recreational opportunities to visitors with disabilities.

For assistance or to register, contact the park office at (239) 463-4588.

Happehatchee Center

Open House

Saturday, October 15, 10 am – 4 pm

The Happehatchee Center invites the public to experience a variety of healing modalities. Meet our teachers, staff, and volunteers and enjoy a taste of Yoga, Reiki Healing, Guided Eco Tours in Nature, kids crafts, Science demo with Super Science and Amazing Art, local vendors, and music. There will be a closing drum circle. This event is free to the public on Saturday, October 15, 2016, from 10 am to 4 pm. Parking is limited so please carpool.

For more about classes and other events at Happehatchee, go to www.happehatchee.org

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