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The Mound House last led a trip to Belize in 2019, which included a trip to the ancient Mayan ruin of Xunantunich. A planned trip to Mexico in 2023 will also include stops at ancient Mayan sites.

The Mound House will host two special programs on Tuesday, July 26. Mound House Environmental Educator Penny Jarrett will lead a presentation on the 2023 Mound House trip planned to Mexico, while educational coordinator Adam Knight will lead a program on bird-friendly coffee production.

The first program of the day, “The Conservation Café: Birds & Coffee” is for adults and will be held in the South Seas Cottage at Newton Beach Park at 10 am The program will focus on the impact of sustainable coffee farming and bird-friendly coffee production while sampling bird-friendly coffee.

Fort Myers Beach Director of Culture, Parks, and Recreation Alison Giesen said the program is the first of its kind since the covid pandemic began. The program is meant to help further “knowledge on why conservation is so important so we can make a positive contribution to our environment,” she said.

Newton Beach Park is mid-island at 4650 Estero Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach. The “Conservation Cafe” is $10-per-person with parking $5-per-hour, with Mound House members $5; advance reservations necessary at 239-765-0865.

Going to Mexico

The Mound House and environmental educator Penny Jarrett last led a trip to Belize and Guatemala in 2019, which included a trip to the ancient Mayan ruin of Tikal. A planned trip to Mexico in 2023 will also include stops at ancient Mayan sites.

Beginning at 5:30 pm at The Mound House at 451 Connecticut Street on Fort Myers Beach, Jarrett will present “The Mound House 2023 Trip to Mexico” for adults, with a wine-and-refreshments reception followed by a presentation from 6 pm to 7 pm

This will be the second guided trip led by The Mound House to a foreign country, following the 2019 trip to Belize and Guatemala.

The trip will take place from Feb. 6 to Feb. 15 with stops in Mexico City, the Yucatan, the central highlands of Michoacan, and the 146,000-acre Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve that is home to more than 300 bird species and thousands of flamingos.

There will be a limit of 12 people who can participate on the Mexico trip. Jarrett said the group will be accompanied by two tour guides and will travel in vans. Jarrett planned the trip by working with Holbrook Travel after going to Mexico earlier in the year.

“I found it to be an incredible place, very rich with archaeological sites and nature,” Jarrett said of her visit to Mexico. “I combined what I hope is the best of the best,” she said. The itinerary will include visits to archaeological sites of ancient Mayan ruins with lessons on Mayan culture. Jarrett said the biosphere reserve features upwards of 40,000 flamingos among many other bird species, including some residents of Fort Myers Beach will find such as roseate spoonbills familiar.

The Mound House last led a trip to Belize in 2019, which included a trip to the ancient Mayan ruin of Tikal. A planned trip to Mexico in 2023 will also include stops at ancient Mayan sites.

Participants will also get to visit botanical gardens, a museum and to the wintering grounds of the monarch butterfly. “It’s an amazing natural wonder,” Jarrett said.

“We’re hoping for a good crowd to learn more about the trip and the wonderful places you can see going on the trip,” Giesen said. “We’re really excited to be able to offer this.”

Due to limited seating for Jarrett’s presentation Tuesday, advance registrations are necessary at 239-765-0865; $7 for Mound House members & $12 for non-members.

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