April Events at the Edison Ford



Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director

Photos: River Cruises begin on Wednesdays and Thursdays at Edison Ford starting April 25; NEW Garden Tour at the Edison Ford on Tuesdays at 10:30

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Programs – April 2012

Fort Myers, Florida(April 2, 2012) –In addition to tours and regular activities at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, there are special programs and activities to engage both visitors and residents throughout the week. The month of April is highlighted with the last Director’s Tour of the season to Bok Tower Gardens/Pinewood Estate/Lake Wales Museum; the opening of the fourth annual Art in the Garden Exhibit: Snakes, Lizards & Turtles; Free Educators Day and new tour options including Edison Ford Garden Tour; and Edison Ford Tour, Lunch & River Cruise on Wednesdays and Thursdays; as well as a variety of other special programs throughout the month. Call 239-334-7419 for additional information.

The April schedule of programs and events include:

Edison Ford Winter Estates open Easter weekend

NEW Edison Ford Garden Tour, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Join Edison Ford curatorial garden staff and experience the 20 acres of gardens of the Edison and Ford families in a whole new way. Thomas Edison designed the gardens of his winter estate for many purposes including research. Mina Edison, a leader in community garden and beautification councils, planted for beauty. The new tour combines the history of the site and landscape, as well as advice on gardening from expert staff. Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE, non members $40 and includes audio wand.

Edison Ford adds Spanish and French languages to audio toursBeginning in April Spanish and French language audio tours will be available at the Edison Ford. The audio tour program began in 2007 and has been available in English and German. Maps in English, German, French and Spanish are also available.

Edison Ford Inventor’s Summer Camp registration:
Registration is now open for Edison Ford Inventor’s Summer Camp that begins May 29 – August 3 in science, art and nature. Camps are separated by grade levels, 1st– 3rdand 4th– 6th. Students in the 7thgrade and above can qualify as Summer Camp counselors. Registration: Edison Ford Members, $200; non members $230.
May 29 – June 1 Super Solar Scientists
June 4 – 8 Space & Rockets
June 11 – 15 Kitchen Chemistry
June 18 – 22 Animation
June 25 – 29 Movie Making Magic
July 9 – 13 Eager Engineers
July 16 – 20 Time Travelers
July 23 – 27 Physics in Motion
July 30 – August 3 Smarts in Arts

Emerging Inventors Early Learners, April 5 & 19, 9 – 11 a.m.
Emerging Inventors Early Learners class is a child and parent learning class for children ages 1 - 3 years. Each class includes first hand learning on the historical site as well as changing seasonal themes combining science, invention, reading and hands-on activities. Edison Ford Members $5, non members $15 (one adult, one child) additional $5 per child.

Annual Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony, April 10, 1 – 2:30 p.m., Royal Palm Yacht Club
Edison Ford volunteers are invited to join staff and trustees of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates at the annual award ceremony with entertainment, refreshments and presentation honoring and thanking volunteers. Reservations required and participants must be active Edison & Ford Winter Estates volunteers in order to attend.

Director’s Tour: Bok Tower Gardens, Pinewood Estate, Lake Wales Museum, April 14, 8 a.m.
Tour the beautiful gardens designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., the neo-gothic art deco singing tower carillon as well as a tour of the Pinewood Estate, an early 1900s Mediterranean style mansion full of antiques. Participants will also enjoy a private tour of the Lake Wales Museum led by historian and director, Mimi Hardmen.
Registration required. Edison Ford Members $90; Volunteers, $85; Non members $95. Price includes transportation, lunch, behind the scene tours, and refreshments.

Celebration of Helen Hendry, April 15, 3 p.m.
Premiere of a series of oral history programs celebrating the people of Southwest Florida who have made an impact and have played a part in the Edison and Ford legacies. Helen Hendry will be celebrated with a special exhibit highlighting her work and contributions in the landscape design field. Her lifelong accomplishments have also been recorded in an oral history presentation that will be shown at 4 p.m. in the Edison Ford Education Center located in the Edison Caretaker’s House. Reservations required.

Art in the Gardens “Snakes, Lizards & Turtles” Exhibit, opening reception April 15, 2 p.m.
In the heritage gardens at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Lee County students create an environmentally interactive artwork exhibit using recycled materials to make life-like garden art. The exhibit is sponsored by The Foundation of Lee County Public Schools and Truly Nolen. The exhibit is FREE to the public.

HomeSchool: Ecosystems, April 16, 1 – 3 p.m.
HomeSchoolstudents will learn about the environment as they investigate different ecosystems. Students and their parents can enroll in a two hour program with curriculum that follows the Next Generation Florida Sunshine State Standards. Pre-visit curriculum materials will be mailed to registered families. Registration required. Program recommended for grades 1 - 6. Edison Ford Members $5; non members $15 (one adult, one child) additional $5 per child.

NEW FOR SUMMER Edison Ford Tour, Lunch, & River Cruise, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning April 25 & 26
Beginning April 25 and 26, visitors to the Edison Ford will enjoy an audio tour of the historic homes, gardens, museum and lab; boat cruise on the Caloosahatchee River as well as tour of the river with naturalist commentary; and buffet lunch at the Royal Palm Yacht, a private club overlooking the river. Cost: Adults $45; Children 12 and under $35. Reservations requested by calling 239-334-7419.

FREE Day for Educators, Kids and School Support Staff, April 29, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Science…History… Art…Teachers and kids will receive FREE admission throughout the day at the Edison Ford. Teachers can register for special tours highlighting the many educational opportunities for their students. Registration is recommended by calling the Education Department at 239-334-7419. Teachers and school staff must present a school issued identification badge to receive free admission and children must be accompanied by a paid adult.

The Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The Edison Ford is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the web site at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

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