Welcome
Welcome
Visitors to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers will enjoy 20 acres of historical buildings, historic gardens, the Edison Botanical Research Lab and the Edison Ford Museum. The newly restored buildings include the Edison Main House, Guest House, Caretaker's House and the Ford House.
Audio Tour - Daily
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Daily (9:00 am - 5:30 pm)

Includes orientation, and a self-guided audio tour of the historic homes, gardens and laboratory of the Edison and Ford families as well as the Museum. Approximate time 2.5 hours.

Audio Tour - Adult
Price: $25.00
(ages 20 and over)

Audio Tour - Teen
Price: $20.00
(ages 13 - 19)

Audio Tour - Child
Price: $15.00
(ages 6 - 12)

Audio Tour - Child (under 5)
Price: $0.00
(ages 5 and under)

FREE
 
Homeschool Program 2016-2017 Science & Engineering

The Edison Ford Homeschool Science and Engineering Series will present students with a variety of subjects that challenge the mind and encourage collaboration and innovation. Students will learn to think like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford as they explore and solve a variety of hands-on activities and learn the key concepts and strategies of science and engineering.


Super Solar Scientists
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
Participants will learn innovative, creative ways to make things move and generate electricity from wind and solar power.
Age Group
Session Grades 1-3: Fri, Mar 10, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Robotics
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
Year after year, the field of robotics plays a bigger part in our everyday lives. Students will learn about the past and future of this innovative field and work with some of the Wild Wizard's favorite robots!
Age Group
Session Grades 1-3: Fri, Apr 7, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

 
Holiday Nights
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Southwest Florida's Holiday Tradition

The winter homes, gardens and historic buildings of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford are decorated with thousands of lights and traditional decorations.

Open November 25, 2016-January 1, 2017 from 5:30-9:00pm
  • FREE NIGHTLY EVENT Children's Holiday Tree Trail with handmade ornaments created by students from Lee County Schools
  • Santa Visits (6:00 to 8:00pm Nov 29, Dec 6, Dec 13)
  • Artist Doug MacGregor, cartooning with kids of all ages on Nov. 25, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10
  • Edison Ford Museum and Laboratory open nightly
  • Ford Holiday Cottage Shoppe, Museum Store and Garden Shoppe open nightly
  • Hot and cold refreshments, beer and wine are available for purchase
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Nightly Waltzing Waters holiday display
*Closed Christmas (Dec 25th)
 
Inventor's Summer Camp
Join the Edison Ford Wild Wizards for a summer of new and exciting programs! Watch as the Edison & Ford Winter Estates becomes a living lab for our campers, who are challenged to learn more about the sciences, art, and the natural world.

EDISON FORD INVENTOR'S SUMMER CAMP 2017
  • Two camps are held each week, grouped by grade level: grades 1-3 and grades 4-6.
  • All camps are held from 9am to 4pm.
  • LOCATION: The 2017 Inventor's Summer Camp will be based in the Education Center and Edison Caretaker's House, which is air-conditioned. Some activities will be held in the gardens and Edison Ford Museum.
  • ATTIRE: Campers will be given a Camp T-Shirt and are required to wear it each day. Cool, comfortable clothing, tennis shoes, insect repellant, sunscreen, and hats are recommended. Open-toed shoes and jewelry should not be worn.
  • MEDICATION: Instructors must be notified in writing regarding any medication campers are to take during the day. Please provide detailed information when registering your child for camp.
  • LUNCHES: Campers must bring their own sack lunch, snacks, and drink daily. Water coolers are available; refrigeration is not.

Sun Science
Regular Price: $200.00
Member Price: $180.00
Dive into Solar Science at the Edison Ford. Learn how the sun helps to power the museum and how it can be put to other practical uses. Campers work with solar panels and other electrical tools as they learn about light and energy transfers. Join us for our solar cookout and take part in a variety of solar challenges during this four day camp.

Innovation and Invention Camp
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $220.00
"To be a good inventor you need a good imagination and a pile of junk," said Thomas Edison. The Edison Ford provides the "junk" and campers provide the imagination in this dynamic engineering camp. Campers are presented with a series of challenges and problems as they uncover the nature of innovation and the engineering design process. What will you invent?

Fantastic Film Makers
Regular Price: $495.00
Member Price: $440.00
"Lights, Camera, Action?" There is actually much more to it! Campers take a deep dive into the art and science of movie making. Campers learn all stages of production as they develop an original movie complete with special effects and animation. See how ideas can come alive on the big screen at the Edison Ford during this two week camp.

Fundamental Physics
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $220.00
Campers get moving as they explore the world of physics with exciting demonstrations and hands-on projects, learning how to use forces to defy gravity and delight friends and family with amazing science experiments.

Lego Engineers
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
A day of engineering challenges with a fun twist: Legos. Build bridges, catapults and contraptions in this fun and challenging 1 day camp.

Science Investigations
Regular Price: $150.00
Member Price: $135.00
Help to solve a mystery and learn about the nature of scientific investigation. See how household items can be used in a forensic investigation as campers crack the case. Learn how first responders use science and engineering to keep us safe and how to check your toys for fingerprints during this three day camp.

Electrical Engineers
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $220.00
Campers learn all about circuits and design a light system! From simple to complex, the world of electronics is illuminated. Join us as we explore a variety of electric devices and phenomena at the winter home of Thomas Edison. Using creativity, switches, LED's and Edison's great invention-- the light bulb-- a scientific work of art will be created.

Roving Robots
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $220.00
Explore the world of robotics! Campers form robotic teams as they take on a new robotic challenge every day. All the skills necessary to a robotic engineer are addressed: mechanics, computer science and electronics. Campers create circuits, build Lego robots, write code, and learn how to develop a mechanical advantage as they master robotics.

Creative Chemistry
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $220.00
The Wild Wizards have collected all of their favorite experiments for this exciting camp. Learn how to take household items to conduct amazing experiments. Campers have fun as they conduct different chemical experiments each day-- everything from making fake snow to toothpaste big enough for an elephant. This camp is sure to get a reaction!

Video Game Developers
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $220.00
What do loops, if/else statements, and functions all have in common? They are all used to design video games. Join our Wild Wizards as we untangle the key concepts needed to create the next viral video game! Campers will receive a flash drive containing the arcade of games designed in the camp.

Smarts in Arts
Regular Price: $150.00
Member Price: $135.00
Explore creative expression and challenge the imagination in this engaging program designed to discover where art and science merge. Campers will harness their fine motor skills while working with an array of mediums, developing projects that push the boundaries of perception during this three day camp.

Junior Counselor Application
Price: $50.00
Application Instructions:
  1. $50 cost to cover the training program and Junior Counselor T-shirts (each counselor receives 1 t-shirt)
  2. Junior Counselor positions are enrolled on a competitive basis
  3. Junior Counselors must have completed 7th grade.
  4. Junior Counselor's must be signed out by a parent or guardian daily.
  5. Each application must be accompanied by a two page essay describing why you would like to be a junior counselor
  6. Enrollees will only receive ONE week of camp which equates to 40 hours of volunteer service, Camp is from 8:45am until 4:15pm daily. Please indicate 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice for weeks.
  7. Each week will be limited to TWO Junior Counselors per class
  8. If chosen must attend an orientation meeting.
For more information contact:
Leanne Criswell
239-334-7419
lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org
Session Summer 2017: Tue, May 30, 2017 - Wed, Aug 9, 2017 9:00AM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST
  • Camp registration is on a first come, first serve basis-- register early as camps fill quickly! Payment plans may be available upon request.
  • No refunds will be provided after April 28, 2017.

 
Education Programs 2016-2017 Saturday Engineering
Ever wonder how to build a real robot or design a new invention? This challenging series teaches students the 21st century skills that are vital to the future.

Design Anything I
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
CAD software and 3D printing
Age Group
Session Grades 3-8: Sat, Mar 11, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Design Anything II
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
CAD software and 3D printing
Age Group
Session Grades 3-8: Sat, Apr 1, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

 
Museum & Laboratory Visit - Daily
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Daily (9:00 am - 5:30 pm)

Includes admission to the Museum and Laboratory ONLY. (Museum and lab admission is included in the Complete Estates Tour and the Historian Tour.) This admission offers visitors a great opportunity to see and learn the vastness of Thomas Edison's and Henry Ford's genius.

Museum & Laboratory Visit - Adult
Price: $15.00
(ages 20 and over)

Museum & Laboratory Visit - Teen
Price: $12.00
(ages 13 - 19)

Museum & Laboratory Visit - Child
Price: $8.00
(ages 6 - 12)

Museum & Laboratory Visit - Child (under 5)
Price: $0.00

(ages 5 and under)

FREE
 
Emerging Inventors 2016-2017 Program
Edison Ford's Emerging Inventors Program for one- to five-year-old children and their parents, grandparents or other adult caretakers resumes in September. Program includes story and music time, socializing with others, educational activities, science experiments, and exploration of the homes, gardens and museum at Edison & Ford Winter Estates.

Each class has a different theme and introduces science and art through engaging activities, along with time to tend the Emerging Inventors Vegetable Garden! Participants are encouraged to bring snacks or lunch to enjoy on the grounds after the program.

Parents may select specific classes or enroll for the entire series.

Engineering
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Emerging Inventors explore the engineering process as they learn about simple machines and engage in hands-on design activities.
Session Engineering: Thu, Feb 16, 2017 9:30AM - 11:00AM   CLOSED

Flowers & Trees
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Emerging Inventors enjoy the beautiful and diverse gardens at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates as they learn about plants through interactive art and scientific exploration.
Session Flowers & Trees: Wed, Mar 1, 2017 9:30AM - 11:00AM   (10 AVAIL)

Art With Nature
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Emerging Inventors express their inner creativity through crafts inspired by nature, such as painting a coconut, fish printing, and leaf design along the shore of the Caloosahatchee River.
Session Art With Nature: Thu, Mar 16, 2017 9:30AM - 11:00AM   (10 AVAIL)

Edison Chemistry
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Emerging Inventors learn about mixtures and solutions as they participate in multiple experiments featuring slime making polymers and colorful "exploding milk."
Session Edison Chemistry: Wed, Apr 5, 2017 9:30AM - 11:00AM   (10 AVAIL)

Kitchen Chemistry
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Emerging Inventors celebrate spring with exciting edible experiments, like making root beer, ice cream, and other delights as our classes come to a close.
Session Kitchen Chemistry: Thu, Apr 20, 2017 9:30AM - 11:00AM   (10 AVAIL)

 
Homeschool Program 2016-2017 Graphic Art & Design
The creative field of Graphic Art & Design offers an abundance of career opportunities in the commercial art world today. Students will learn some commonly used tricks-of-the-trade as we focus on a different area of design each month in our innovative digital design series. Participants will be inspired by some of the greatest innovators of all time, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford!

Cartoon & Animation Design
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
This class will study the creations of our hometown Fort Myers cartoonist and animation artist, Doug MacGregor. Students will utilize this information while creating their own cartoon comic strip and clay animation figures!
Age Group
Session Grades 3-10: Wed, Mar 8, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

Transportation Design
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
Students will learn how Henry Ford revolutionized automobile and engine design, and discuss future possibilities of modern transportation for our society; practice drawing planes, trains and automobiles; assemble and paint their own wooden car.
Age Group
Session Grades 3-10: Wed, Apr 19, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

 
Education Programs 2016-2017 Day Camps
Students can join the Wild Wizard for an exciting day of exploration and learning at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Choose from 4 different dates and subjects, or attend all of them.

Amazing Mechanics
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
• Drop off begins at 8:45 am
• Pick up is by 4:00 pm
Age Group
Session Grades 1-6: Tue, Feb 21, 2017 8:45AM - 4:00PM   OPEN

The Science of Life
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
• Drop off begins at 8:45 am
• Pick up is by 4:00 pm
Age Group
Session Grades 1-6: Fri, Mar 17, 2017 8:45AM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Get Creative
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
• Drop off begins at 8:45 am
• Pick up is by 4:00 pm
Age Group
Session Grades 1-6: Mon, Apr 17, 2017 8:45AM - 4:00PM   OPEN

 
Education Programs 2016-2017 School Break Camps
Students can join the Wild Wizard for an exciting week of exploration and learning at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Choose from 3 different dates and subjects, or attend all of them.

Spring Camp - Super Solar Science
Regular Price: $250.00
Member Price: $220.00
• Drop off begins at 8:45am
• Pick up is by 4:00pm
Age Group
Session Grades 1-6: Mon, Apr 10, 2017 - Fri, Apr 14, 2017 8:45AM - 4:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

 
*Member's Guest Tickets*
Member must accompany guest and present member card at check-in.

Audio Tour - Adult (Member Guest)
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $20.00
(ages 20 and over)
Valid:   OPEN

Museum & Laboratory Visit - Adult (Member Guest)
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $12.00
(ages 20 and over)
Valid:   OPEN

Audio Tour - Teen (Member Guest)
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $16.00
(ages 13 - 19)
Valid:   OPEN

Museum & Laboratory Visit - Teen (Member Guest)
Regular Price: $12.00
Member Price: $9.60
(ages 13 - 19)
Valid:   OPEN

Museum & Laboratory Visit - Child (Member Guest)
Regular Price: $8.00
Member Price: $6.40
(ages 6 - 12)
Valid:   OPEN

Audio Tour - Child (Member Guest)
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $12.00
(ages 6 - 12)
Valid:   OPEN