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.
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.

Etiquette at Edison Ford  Saturday, October 12, 2019,  Saturday, January 18, 2020,   Saturday, April 4, 2020, and  Saturday, September 26, 2020
All sessions: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

COST
Edison Ford Members $75 Non-Members $85 Children 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.


 
Homeschool Program 2019-2020 Science Scholars

Challenge the mind and foster collaboration and innovation via this eight session series in science and engineering - now for homeschoolers in Grades 1 - 8!

Advance registration required for all programs.


MOTORS AND MOVEMENT
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
October topic
Focus: history, physics, energy. 

SIMPLE MACHINES
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
November topic:
Focus: history, simple machines, mechanics.

SOUND WAVES
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
December topic:
 Focus: history, sound waves and harmonics.

 

LIGHT WAVES
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
January topic:
Focus: light science, space science.

DESIGNING LIGHT SYSTEMS
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
February topic:
Focus: history, light science, design.

FIELD RESEARCH
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
March topic:
Session focus: history, chemistry, biology, ecology.

INNOVATION AND COLLABORATION
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
April topic:
Focus: history, problem solving, teamwork.

 
Emerging Inventors 2019-2020 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 2020
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $65.00
Buy package of 8 and receive a discount.
Session SEASON 2020: Tue, Jan 7, 2020 - Tue, Apr 21, 2020 (9 AVAIL)

 
Emerging Inventors 2019-2020 Program
Meets the First & Third Tuesday, September 2019 - April 2020, 10-11am
For children ages 1-5

• September 10: Plants and Gardens
• September 17: Creative Colors
• October 1: Edison Chemistry
• October 15: Trick or Treat!
• November 5: LEGO Creations
• November 19: Build-it!
• December 3: Trains, Automobiles, and Things that Move
• December 17: Holiday Fun
• January 7: Out of this World Space Science
• January 21: Electricity & Energy
• February 18: Amazing Dinosaurs
• March 3: Bugs and Butterflies
• March 17: Water Wizardry
• April 7: Bubbles in the Gardens>
• April 21: Earth Day Activities
Members: $10; or $130 for 16 classes>
non-members: $15, or $160 for 16 classes

Registration includes one adult and one child; each additional child $5 (subject to availability).

Edison Chemistry
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Learn about mixtures and solutions, experimenting with slime, polymers and colorful "exploding milk."
Session Edison Chemistry: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 10:00AM - 11:00AM CLOSED

Trick or Treat!
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Dress in costume and enjoy a festive trick or treat walk around the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, delight in a spooky science show and spooky science project.

Ages 1-5
Session Trick or Treat: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 10:00AM - 11:00AM CLOSED

LEGO Creations
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00

Ages 1-5
Session LEGO Creations: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 9:00AM - 5:00PM (9 AVAIL)

Build-it!
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00

Ages 1-5
Session Build-it!: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 10:00AM - 11:00AM (10 AVAIL)

Trains, Automobiles, and things that move
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00

Ages 1-5
Session Trains, Automobiles, and Things That Move: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 10:00AM - 11:00AM (9 AVAIL)

Holiday Fun
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Emerging Inventors become Santa's elves, experiencing the magic of the season making presents, holiday ornaments, and more!
Session Holiday Fun: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:00AM - 11:00AM (8 AVAIL)

Out of this World Space Science
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00

Ages 1-5
Session Out of this World Space Science: Tuesday, January 7, 2020 10:00AM - 11:00AM (9 AVAIL)

Electricity & Energy
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00


Ages 1-5
Session Electricity & Energy: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 10:00AM - 11:00AM (9 AVAIL)

Funky Fish
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00

Ages 1-5
Session Funky Fish: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 10:00AM - 11:00AM (9 AVAIL)

Amazing Dinosaurs
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00

Ages 1-5
Session Amazing Dinosaurs: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 10:00AM - 11:00AM (9 AVAIL)

Bugs and Butterflies
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Experience the beauty of our butterfly garden and become bug detectives; learn what makes a spider a spider and how to tell a butterfly from a moth.
Session Bugs and Butterflies: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 10:00AM - 11:00AM (9 AVAIL)

Water Wizardry
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00

Ages 1-5
Session Water Wizardry: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 10:00AM - 11:00AM (9 AVAIL)

Bubbles in the Gardens
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00


Ages 1-5
Session Bubbles in the Gardens: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 10:00AM - 11:00AM (9 AVAIL)

Earth Day Activities
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00

Ages 1-5
Session Earth Day Activities: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 10:00AM - 11:00AM (9 AVAIL)

 
Homeschool Program 2019-2020 Science Scholar Pkg

Cost: Members: $15 per class (includes one adult and one child) or 8 class series: $105.00, non-members: $25 per class (includes one adult and one child) or 8 class series: $175. Per child

Homeschool Science Scholar Package - Grades (1-3)
Regular Price: $175.00
Member Price: $105.00
Buy all 8 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 1-3: Thu, Oct 10, 2019 - Sun, Apr 19, 2020 (3 AVAIL)

Homeschool Science Scholar Package - Grades (4-6)
Regular Price: $175.00
Member Price: $105.00
Buy all 8 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, Sep 12, 2019 - Thu, Apr 9, 2020 (4 AVAIL)

Homeschool Science Scholar Package - Grades (7-8)
Regular Price: $175.00
Member Price: $105.00
Buy all 8 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: Wed, Sep 11, 2019 - Wed, Apr 8, 2020 OPEN

 
NEW! Code Creators
Python, Pi, and DIY, Oh My! In this brand new six-part Saturday afternoon series, students in grades 4-8 are introduced to the Raspberry Pi, a tiny but powerful computer that will fuel their creative DIY projects spanning electronics, computer science, robotics, and coding with Python, HTML, and JavaScript.

• Hello World: March 28, 1-3 pm: Students explore the hardware and software of the small computer and electronics.

• Pythons and Pies: April 4, 1-3 pm: Learn how to code on the Raspberry Pi using the dynamic software language of Python as students begin to code electronics and more.

• Animate It: April 11, 1-3 pm: Students use the Raspberry Pi and a tiny camera to make a big animation!

• Play It: April 18, 1-3 pm: Students leverage their increasing skills to code various simple video games.

• Creative Computing: April 25, 1-3 pm: From sticker design to birthday cards, students fuse code with art.

• Roving Robots: May 2, 1-3pm: Electronics and computer science are unified as students build a pi-bot.

K-8 Programs
Members
$15 per class or $75 for the series

Non-Members
$25 for the class or $125 for the series

Hello World
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
 Students explore the hardware and software of the small computer and electronics.
Session Hello World: Saturday, March 28, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM OPEN

Pythons and Pies
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
 Learn how to code on the Raspberry Pi using the dynamic software language of Python as students begin to code electronics and more.
Session Pythons and Pies: Saturday, April 4, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM OPEN

Animate It
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
 Students use the Raspberry Pi and a tiny camera to make a big animation!
Session Animate it: Saturday, April 11, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM OPEN

Play It
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
Students leverage their increasing skills to code various simple video games.
Session Play It: Saturday, April 18, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM OPEN

Creative Computing
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
From sticker design to birthday cards, students fuse code with art.
Session Creative Computing: Saturday, April 25, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM OPEN

Roving Robots
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
Students leverage their increasing skills to code various simple video games.
Session Roving Robots: Saturday, May 2, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM OPEN

 
NEW! Code Creators Package

Code Creator's Package
Regular Price: $125.00
Member Price: $75.00
Session Season 2020: OPEN

 
Wednesdays With the Wild Wizard
Join us for a brand new homeschool offering: a series of day-long camps designed to expose students in grades 1-6 to all that Edison Ford has to offer! Classes meet from 9am to 4pm.

• October 16: The World of Edison and Ford: Students become familiar with the site as they tour, tinker, and innovate their way across the property learning from experts that make history come alive!

• October 23: Henry Ford and Mechanics: Students learn about mechanical advantage and design through live demonstrations, trial and error, and teamwork.

• October 30: A Lifetime of Innovation: From his early experiments with electricity to his search for rubber, students explore the scientific journeys of Edison's impactful life!

Members: $45; or $125 for 3 class series non-members: $50, or $140 for 3 class series

Wednesdays with the Wild Wizard