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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.
Etiquette at the Edison Ford
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Historical records in the Edison archives show Mina Edison, wife of legendary inventor Thomas Edison, as a gracious hostess and interested in the well-being of children and the community. Following in this tradition, Etiquette at the Edison Ford, includes a one day (two hour) lesson in timeless etiquette and social skills.

Etiquette at Edison Ford
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $75.00

Lessons in Manners for the Generations.
All sessions: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Students ages 6-12 will gather at the Edison Caretaker's House for a two hour lesson in good manners. This class teaches children proper introduction, handshakes, and dining etiquette during a three course meal. Each student will receive a workbook and certificate of completion.

The classes will be taught by Suzanne Willis who has been teaching similar classes at Ritz-Carlton hotels throughout the nation. Willis is a graduate of the Protocol School of Palm Beach and is a Fort Myers native. Willis created her etiquette classes in honor of her grandmother, Florence "Mimi" Black.

COST: Edison Ford Members $75    Non-Members $85


 
EF Study Hall Program (Grades 3-5 and 6-8)
If you are slated to begin this school year with students in Lee Virtual School or Lee Home Connect, we are now offering a small group setting where students can complete their schoolwork onsite at Edison Ford, working with the same education staff who run our popular summer camp program. Day to day, the Study Hall program will operate similarly to a summer camp, with parent pick up and drop off. It will run on all days which Lee County schools are open.

Edison Ford Study Hall Program
Regular Price: $125.00
Member Price: $100.00
What we provide:
  • Small group setting (8 students or less) for virtual schoolwork
  • Social distancing protocols for students and staff
  • Structured daily routine
  • Reliable computers, internet connection, and printers (students may also bring their own laptops, headphones, etc.)
  • Regular outside time on our 20 acre historic site
  • Field trips to our museum and historic structures during off-peak times
  • Trained education staff supervision at all times (note: tutoring is not available, but basic assistance and direction will be provided)
  • Strict staff safety protocols in place (masks and other PPE are used at all times, all staff receive daily temperature and wellness screenings, regular interaction limited to small group of education staff)
  • Daily sanitization of workspaces, bathrooms, and common areas
What you provide:
  • Virtual school registration
  • Daily snacks and lunches
  • A mask (students will receive regular breaks for snacks, water, and specific outside time when a mask is not required)
Times:
  • Grades 3-5: Drop off at 8am, pick up at 3pm
  • Grades 6-8: Drop off at 9am, pick up at 4pm
Cost
  • Per Week: Members: $100, non-members: $125 (cost will be prorated during weeks which a school holiday falls)

 
Homeschool Program 2020-2021 Science Scholar Pkg

Cost: Members: $10 per class (includes one adult and one child) or 7 class series: $60, non-members: $15 per class (includes one adult and one child) or 7 class series: $95. Per child

Homeschool Science Scholar Package - Grades (1-3)
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $60.00
Buy all 7 and receive a discount.

You must select from the same age level for all programs, otherwise your home school program is subject to cancellation.
Session Ages: 6-8: Wed, Oct 7, 2020 - Wed, Apr 14, 2021 (8 AVAIL)

Homeschool Science Scholar Package - Grades (4-6)
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $60.00
Buy all 7 and receive a discount.

You must select from the same age level for all programs, otherwise your home school program is subject to cancellation.
Session Grades 4-6: Thu, Oct 8, 2020 - Thu, Apr 15, 2021 (10 AVAIL)

Homeschool Science Scholar Package - Grades (7-8)
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $60.00
Buy all 7 and receive a discount.

You must select from the same age level for all programs, otherwise your home school program is subject to cancellation.
Session Grades 7-8: Fri, Oct 9, 2020 - Fri, Apr 16, 2021 (10 AVAIL)

 
Homeschool Program 2020-2021 Science Scholars
Homeschool Science Scholars (GRADES 1-8)

Homeschool students explore science, engineering, history, and the world of Edison and Ford in the outdoor River Pavilion. All classes are 11am to 12:00pm.

  • • Grades 1-3: 2nd Wednesday of each month
  • Grades 4-6: 2nd Thursday of each month
  • Grades 7-8: 2nd Friday of each mont

October: Chemistry
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Students learn about the key concepts of chemistry as they engage in exciting experiments.

1-3 Wed., Oct 7th 11am
4-6 Thurs, Oct 8th 11 am
7-8 Fri, Oct 9th 11 am
 

November: Space Science
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Students explore space as they build solar viewers and learn about the science of light.

1-3 Wed, Nov 18th 11 am
4-6 Thurs, Nov 12th 11 am
7-8 Fri, Nov 13th 11 am
 

December: Earth Science
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
From the rock cycle to the water cycle, this class is all about Earth.

1-3 Wed, Dec 9 11am
4-6 Thurs, Dec 10 11am
7-8 Fri, Dec 11 11am
 

January: The Process of Science
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Science process skill are taught as students perform a series of experiments selected to generate curiosity.
 
  1-3 Wed, Jan 13th 11 am
  4-6 Thurs, Jan 14th 11am
  7-8 Jan 15th 11am
 

February: Physics
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Students learn about energy transfer and the science of waves as they explore this fundamental field.

1-3 Wed, Feb 10th 11 am
4-6 Thurs, Feb 11th 11 am
7-8 Fri, Feb 12th 11 am
 

March: Electricity
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Students learn about the history and the fundamental concepts of electricity through dramatic demonstrations and hands-on work.

1-3 Wed, March 10th 11 am
4-6 Thurs, March 11th 11 am
7-8 Fri, March 12th 11 am
 

April: The Engineering Design Process
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
What do you do, when you don’t know what to do? Students learn to navigate the “problem space” as they explore the engineering design process.

1-3 Wed, April 14th 11 am
4-6 Thurs, April 15th 11 am
7-8 Fri, April 16th 11 am

 
Emerging Inventors 2020-2021 Program Package
Cost: Members: $10.00 per class (includes one adult and one child) or 8 class series: $65.00, non-members: $15.00 per class (includes one adult and one child) or 8 class series: $80.00.

For children ages 1-5

Emerging Inventors Package -Season Package 1
Regular Price: $97.50
Member Price: $65.00
Buy package of 7 and receive a discount.
Session Season Package 1: Tue, Oct 6, 2020 - Tue, Jan 5, 2021 (1 AVAIL)

Emerging Inventors Package -Season Package 2
Regular Price: $97.50
Member Price: $75.00
Buy package of 7 and receive a discount.
Session Season Package 2: Tue, Jan 19, 2021 - Tue, Apr 20, 2021 (2 AVAIL)

 
Emerging Inventors 2020-2021 Program
EMERGING INVENTORS (AGES 18 months to 5 years)

Children will learn, play, and gain valuable social skills exploring Edison Ford. 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month, 10 to 11a.m. Members: $10 or for $130 for series | Non-members: $15 /$190. Includes one adult (mask required) and one child (mask not required). Limit 6.

Get Gardening
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Grab a watering can and come play in the garden. Kids will have fun planting, making sweet paper, and learning how plants grow.

Ages 1-5
Session Get Gardening: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 10:00AM - 11:00AM WAIT LIST

Happy Halloween
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
it’s time for little ghosts and goblins to come out and play. Grab a costume and join us for some spooky tricks and Halloween treats.

Ages 1-5
Session Happy Halloween: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 10:00AM - 11:00AM WAIT LIST

Colorful Chemistry
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00

Come spark your child’s curiosity. Little ones will enjoy

color changing experiments as they discover primary and secondary colors.


Ages 1-5
Session Colorful Chemistry: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 10:00AM - 11:00AM WAIT LIST

Festive Fall
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
The leaves may not be changing, but fall is in the air. From leaf prints to apple bird feeders, celebrate the changing season with a touch of cinnamon spice.

Ages 1-5
Session Festive Fall: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10:00AM - 11:00AM (1 AVAIL)

Buzzing Bounty
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Bees are buzzing in the hive at Edison Ford. enjoy the sweet taste of honey and make a beeswax candle fit for a birthday cake as we learn about these tiny pollinators.

Ages 1-5
Session Buzzing Bounty: Tuesday, December 1, 2020 10:00AM - 11:00AM (1 AVAIL)

Holiday Fun
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
The Florida sun is shining, but Kris Kringle will soon be here. Build a marshmallow snowman, string a popcorn garland, and celebrate the season with some traditional charm.

Ages 1-5
Session Holiday Fun: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 10:00AM - 11:00AM WAIT LIST

Listen Up: Science of Sound
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Music is in the air thanks to Thomas Edison. Join in as we listen to a historic phonograph, make musical instruments, and learn a little about frequency and harmonics.
Ages 1-5
Session Listen Up: Science of Sound: Tuesday, January 5, 2021 10:00AM - 11:00AM (1 AVAIL)

Digging It: Dinosaurs
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Dig up some fun and play paleontologist, as we go back to the Mesozoic Era. From creating an edible T-Rex tooth to discovering camouflage this class is all about one thing, dinosaurs.

Ages 1-5
Session Digging It: Dinosaur: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 10:00AM - 11:00AM (1 AVAIL)

Interesting Insects
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00

From beetles to ants, bees to butterflies, insects are everywhere! Come wander the gardens of Edison Ford as we learn about a few of our Florida favorites.

Ages 1-5

Session Interesting Insects: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 10:00AM - 11:00AM (2 AVAIL)

Solar System Fun
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Let your little one reach for the stars. Come explore the solar system as we make constellation viewers and model the lunar cycle.

Ages 1-5
Session Solar System Fun: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 10:00AM - 11:00AM (1 AVAIL)

Energy & Electricity
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
It’s time to turn on the lights. Play with conductive dough to complete simple circuits and set things in motion.

Ages 1-5
Session Energy & Electricity: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 10:00AM - 11:00AM (1 AVAIL)

Fantastic Fish
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Set alongside the Caloosahatchee and enjoy a morning of fishy fun. Kids will delight in making Gyotaku fish prints and Koinobori windsocks to catch the breeze.

Ages 1-5
Session Fantastic Fish: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 10:00AM - 11:00AM (2 AVAIL)

Bubbles Bubbles Everywhere
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
It’s time to play in the garden. Concoct your own bubble solution, make a wand, and use a pulley to create bubbles both big and small.

Ages 1-5
Session Bubbles Bubbles Everywhere: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 10:00AM - 11:00AM (2 AVAIL)

Earth Day Celebration
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Earth Day is only two days away, but here at Edison Ford we’re celebrating early. Join us for the last class of the season as we make paper bag trees, coffee filter flowers, and bird feeders.

Ages 1-5
Session Earth Day Celebration: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 10:00AM - 11:00AM (2 AVAIL)