Educating Through the 21st Century

Science, history and the arts are all combined in the education programs of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates.  Following the legacy of the two famous entrepreneurs, there are unlimited opportunities for discovery, invention and innovation.  All education programming follows the Sunshine State Standard curriculum.

Classes, summer camps and demonstration programs are offered throughout the site including the newly restored historic Edison Caretaker's House, the outdoor garage at the Edison Caretaker's House, inside the Museum galleries and throughout the historic gardens. 

The Edison Ford Wild Wizard is available to students and teachers through the monthly online video lesson, outreach programs into the schools for assemblies or classroom instruction, and conference opportunities just for teachers to learn how to find the fun while teaching science.  Home School students are offered monthly classes taught by the Wild Wizard on a variety of subjects using Sunshine State Standard curriculum. 

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is expanding our Scouts Badge Program and offers unique classes such as gardening and etiquette for students of all ages.

Call 239-334-7419 to learn more about our "Educating Through the 21st Century" programs.

Edison Ford Junior Naturalist Program

  • Edison Ford Junior Naturalist Program

    Edison Ford Junior Naturalist Program

    Edison Ford Junior Naturalist Program:  Our Natural Environment

    The Junior Naturalist program is an exploration of the natural environment in southwest Florida.  Each class targets different aspects of our environment with animals and habitats, trees, flowers, seeds, weather and a final summation class covering ecosystems, river ecology and preservation.  Students can register for classes individually.  If a student completes all three classes, the student will receive an Edison Ford Junior Naturalist Badge and Certificate.  The Junior Naturalist program is taught by certified Wetlands Master Naturalists and Edison Ford faculty and will be based in the Edison Ford Education Center with much of the time spent in the Edison Ford gardens.  

    Registration is required.  Class size is limited.

    Time:  9 a.m. - 12 p.m. for all classes

    Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Animals and Habitats
    Saturday, September 27, 2014 - Trees, Seeds and Flowers
    Saturday, October 4, 2014 - River Ecology and Ecosystems

    Saturday, April 11, 2015 - Animals and Habitats
    Saturday, April 18, 2015 - Trees, Seeds and Flowers
    Saturday, April 25, 2015 - River Ecology and Ecosystems

    1 Class - $40 Edison Ford Members; $50 nonmembers
    3 Classes - $100 Edison Ford Members; $125 nonmembers

    Register today by contacting the Edison Ford Education Department at (239) 334-7419.