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Mound House to hold volunteer open house

September 27, 2011
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Mound House will be holding an informational Volunteer Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at its 289 Connecticut St. location.

All current and prospective volunteers are cordially invited to learn about volunteer opportunities and training programs offered at Mound House as we re-open our doors. Please come, bring a friend, and learn about the benefits of volunteering. Light refreshments will be provided.

To learn more about our volunteering opportunities and training programs, contact Brent Newman,

Mound House education coordinator, at or 765-0865.

Become a volunteer at Mound House and bring history to life "from the ground up." You can help make Mound House an incredible experience for the thousands of people who visit the site each year. Volunteers greet visitors, give tours of the amazing new underground "Stories Beneath Our Feet" exhibit, assist with kayak tours and environmental programs, lend a hand with school groups, set up and staff special events, help in the office, provide maintenance of the grounds, and assist with a variety of other projects.

If any or all of these sound interesting to you come to the Mound House open house to learn more about these opportunities and our volunteer training program. Our volunteer training program you will teach you about the unique history and ecology of Mound House and Ft. Myers Beach as well as give you opportunities to participate in fun and educational field trips.

Volunteering offers a great way to expand your horizons, meet new friends, and improve your health. So if you are friendly, enthusiastic, and reliable help put a smiling face on Mound House and the Town of Fort Myers Beach for our many diverse visitors every year. Parking is limited at Mound House if possible please carpool or ride your bike; additional spaces are available right up the road at 216 Connecticut Street.

Mound House is an archeologically and historically significant property, where the William H. Case House, the oldest standing structure on Estero Island (Ft. Myers Beach), sits atop a 2,000-year-old Calusa Indian shell mound. The many diverse inhabitants of this small piece of land include the Calusa, Cuban fishermen, and American settlers, scientists, and developers from the mid-1870s to 1994. Through archaeology and history 2,000 years of island life are revealed in a variety of tours and educational programs.

Situated on Estero Bay, the site is accessible by boat and motor traffic and visitors are encouraged to picnic on the park grounds and enjoy the beautiful view. Mound House was acquired by the Town of Fort Myers Beach with funds from Florida Communities Trust in 2000.

--submitted by Brent Newman



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