Hiking Florida

Sandra Friend and John Keatley. The authors

The Florida Trail Guide

Learn “How To Hike the Florida Trail” from the authors of The Florida Trail Guide, Sandra Friend and John Keatley. The authors, both life members of the Florida Trail Association, will present two programs beginning at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2016, in the free “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center on Sanibel Island.

The year 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the statewide Florida Trail.  » Read more

Perfect Spot for a Paint-Out


The Sanibel-Captiva Art League held its March plein-air Paint-Out at RS Walsh’s In The Garden, the island’s retail garden center and outdoor showroom.

The group meets monthly at different locations around the islands.

“In The Garden is a favorite spot for our painters,” said Marcy Calkins, president of the Sanibel-Captiva Art League. “It is truly a tropical oasis with wandering paths and an amazing variety of display gardens.  » Read more

Easter on the Island

Easter Weekend Church Services

Chapel by the Sea
Maundy Thursday(includes Holy Communion) 4:00pm
Good Friday 12:00pm
Easter Sunday 11:00am

Saint Isabel Catholic Church
Holy Thursday 5:00pm
Good Friday 3:00pm
Holy Saturday 8:00pm
Easter Sunday 7:00am 9:00am 11:00am

Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ
Good Friday 1:00pm
Easter Sunday 7:45am 9:00am 11:00am

Sanibel Community Church

Easter Sunday 6:30am (on the causeway next to bridge closest to Fort Myers)
At Sanibel Community Church Periwinkle Way 8:00am 9:00am 11:00am

Saint Michael &  » Read more

Discover Your Inner Artist!

Matlatcha 1

Matlatcha 2

Matlatcha 3

It’s the perfect day trip! Guests will experience the simplicity of the Caloosahatchee River, the flare of world-renowned artist Leoma Lovegrove, and the uniqueness of the town’s vibrant shops, galleries and restaurants.

Guests depart from The Marina at Edison Ford in Fort Myers. While cruising the Caloosahatchee River on the Edison Explorer, they’ll enjoy narration from a Master Naturalist detailing the surrounding native wildlife.  » Read more

Calusa Woodcarving

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Calusa Woodcarvers 2

Today, Tuesday, January 19, head to the grounds of The Mound House on Fort Myers Beach, where the Caloosa Carvers are scheduled to host woodcarving demonstrations from 9:30 a.m. – noon, featuring several replica artifacts from the Calusa culture.

Stay for the day and explore all that The Mound House has to offer! This unique archaeological and historical site located on Estero Bay is a one-of-a-kind museum that sits atop a 2,000 year old Calusa Island Shell Mound.  » Read more

Speaking of birds………… don payne

Don Payne's Goldfinch

From the cold north………. enjoy!

Bird in “pane”

I heard a noise
But nothing there
Looking out
‘ just snow, cold air

Glancing down
A finch in the snow
Hit the window
Landed below

He sat in a daze
Not moving his wings
His head, inside
Was hearing rings

I went outside
He didn’t move
Cradled in my hand
He seemed to approve

Once in the house
‘ looked right at home
Pooped on my finger
I said “shalom”

Back outside
He seemed alert
‘ couldn’t tell
He’d been hurt

He gave me a wink
And flew away
‘ twas a happy sight
It made my day!  » Read more

Refuge to Air Film Sneak Peek

Ding at desk

“Ding” Darling at work at the desk that is on display in the “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center.

Ding darling education center

Film show bill

Refuge to air film sneak peek

Another chapter in the Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling story will unfold on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, at the free sneak preview of the film “Darling Is Back” in the “Ding” Darling Visitor &  » Read more

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