December Events in Estero

Healthy Life Center

The heart is the center of health, and the Healthy Life Center offers multiples ways in December to protect this vital organ.

Free Blood Pressure Screening
Every Tuesday
9:00 am – 1 pm

Heart Report Card
Tuesday, December 13
10:30 am – 3:30 pm

Living Strong with a Weak Heart: Basics of Heart Failure
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

These are just some of the offerings for December. Check out the full calendar by clicking the image below. RSVPs are required. Call 239-495-4475.

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Koreshan State Historic Site

Koreshan Cookin’

December 11 and 18                                                      

Join us for at the Cast Iron Café. Try fresh bread baked in the original cast iron stove. From 10:00am until the dough runs out!

Beginning Photography

December 15 and 29 at 10:00 a.m.         

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.

Nature Trail Hike

December 1 and 22 at 10:00 a.m.                               

Walk on the Nature Trails of Koreshan State Historic Site with park naturalist. 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. Rréservations requested. Call (239) 992-0311.

Beginning Butterflies

December 8 at 10:00 a.m.                                         

Join a park naturalist for a talk on butterflies of Koreshan State Historic Site and Southwest Florida. Talk will be held in the picnic area near the kayak launch. Rréservations requested.  Please call (239) 992-0311.

Junior Ranger

December 17 at 10:00 a.m.

Animal Tracks! Come in for a fun learning experience! Meet in the picnic area at 10:00am. Ideal for children ages 6-12. Parental presence required. Reservations requested. Please call (239) 992-0311.

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 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.

Happehatchee Center

Music of the Spirit Celebration
December 4th, 2016 at 1 pm
at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers

We celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Happehatchee Center and our founder, Ellen Peterson’s Birthday. Please join us in supporting this our annual fundraiser and consciousness raising event with our dear friends Kat Epple and Nathan Dyke.

Sunday Afternoon: 1 pm – Fabulous Concert with Emmy Award Winning Kat Epple and World Music Expert Nathan Dyke at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers.

Tickets on sale now at

Concert Tickets – $25 per person or $15 for students and Happehatchee Members as well as Maya or Mixteco language speakers

Proceeds will support the free Happe Eco-Summer Camp for farm-worker children at the Happehatchee Center in the Village of Estero.

Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk
Tuesday, December 20 6:00 p.m.

The evening at Happehatchee begins at 6 p.m. and will include meditation, and candlelight labyrinth walk followed by herbal tea and dessert to. Create sacred space. Intention setting and grounding. Incense, medicinal herb and harvesting flower bundle Intentions written on parchment and (Invocation) burn/release to the Universe (Goddess). Donations Accepted.

The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Road, Estero, 33928 or call 239-992-5455

Healing Circles

1st Saturday every month. Drumming Class and Drum Circle. Drumming class with Debo. 3:00-4:00. Bring your drums, shakers, open heart and dance! Class $10.00 Circle Donation. 4:00 pm -:5:30 pm

2nd Saturday every month Sacred Sound Healing Circle

Check Event calendar for description and confirmation of event. 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm $15 Suggested Donation

4th Friday Every Month Healing the Healers-Reiki Healing Circle with Lenka Spiska. All healers and Reiki practitioners on any level encouraged to come give and receive. 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm $15.00 All proceeds go to The Happehatchee Center.

Lovers Key

Great Outdoor Adventure Day

Saturday, December 3, 2016
10:00am to 3:00pm

Food, touch tanks, children’s activities, as well as Ranger-led programs will highlight the fun-filled day geared towards encouraging participants to recreate responsibly while enjoying the park’s unique habitats and wide variety of wildlife. Rangers and volunteers will offer opportunities to see the park through programs such as guided kayak tours, walking nature tours, bike tours (bike and helmets provided), geo-caching, fishing clinics, and more! Exhibitors will include local environmental organizations, as well as outdoor equipment and healthy lifestyle vendors. Great Door Prizes will be given away throughout the event. Make sure to check out one of the exciting paddle boarding clinics for kids, beginners, and advanced paddlers!

For those young people or young at heart, pick up a Junior Ranger Activity Kit and start the self-guided program to earn yourself a certificate, member card, and earn a Junior Ranger patch, badge, or pin! There will also be lots of children’s activities throughout the event as well as a Scavenger Hunt.

This community-based event is free with regular park entrance of $8 per vehicle of up to eight people, $4 for a single occupant and $2 per pedestrian or bicyclist. Guided Kayak tours will be $10/per person, kayak rental included. Bring your family to Lovers Key State Park on December 3rd, 2016 and discover why everyone is “Lovin’ it at Lovers Key!”

Black Island Bike Tour

Friday, December 9 and
Saturday, December 24 at 10:00 a.m.

Join a Park Ranger for a three-mile adventure down our Black Island Trail.  Learn a little park history and experience some of the wildlife that call this maritime hammock home.  Bring your own bike or rent one from the park concession.  Due to limited space, reservations are required.  Call 239-463-4588.

Lovers Key Fishing Clinic

Saturday, December 10 and
Tuesday, December 13 at 10:00 a.m.

Join park naturalists 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.

The American Alligator

Friday, December 16 at 10:00 a.m.

Join a park ranger for an interesting and informative talk about the American Alligator. Learn about these fascinating reptiles that live right here at Lovers Key!  Due to limited space, reservations are required.  Call 239-463-4588.

Walk on the Wild Side

Friday, December 23 at 10:00 a.m.

Take a mile-long guided hike along our Black Island Trail with a park ranger to learn about the fascinating vegetation and wildlife that reside in this maritime hammock.  Due to limited space, reservations are required.  Call 239-463-4588.

The Gopher Tortoise

Friday, December 30 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.

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.

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

Estero Rotary Club

Light Up Estero, “Unity in the Community”
Saturday, December 3, 5:30 p.m.
Estero United Methodist Church

Santa, giveaways, punch & cookies, live entertainment. Bring a lawn chair and canned food items for Interfaith Charities.

FGCU Bower School of Music & the Arts

16th Annual Pottery Sale
December 2, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Arts Complex Courtyard, Arts Complex; This event is free and open to the public.

10th Annual Empty Bowls Soup Lunch
December 2, 11:30 a.m.- the soup runs out

Arts Complex Courtyard, Arts Complex; Suggested donation of $15 covers the bowl and unlimited soup and sourdough bread until the soup runs out.

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