Virtual field trips for Grade 4 students are now available. This free experience informs students about the powerful and successful Calusa who once lived in southwest Florida and takes students virtually inside the Florida Museum’s Hall of Southwest Florida. Information and registration are available at

Walking tours with student groups are not available at this time.

On this tour students walk the Calusa Heritage Trail of the Randell Research Center (RRC) with a staff member, assisted by trained docents. The Calusa Heritage Trail provides an exciting opportunity for students to experience 2,000 years of civilization preserved in midden mounds, the Calusa canal, and other features on an internationally regarded archaeological site.

Artifacts, tool replicas, and museum quality trail signage also bring the past to life for the students. The tour is recommended for students in grades 4 or 8 and can be tailored for other groups.


13810 Waterfront Drive, Pineland Fla. See our Visitor Information page for map and directions.


RRC requests a per student donation of $4 for the services of staff and docents and to support the mission of preservation. The RRC is a non-profit program and does not receive State or University funding for its operations. However, if these tours are part of a classroom curriculum, and if RRC has space available, students will not be turned away if the school is unable to provide the $4 per student donation.


The classroom/interpretive center, restrooms, book and gift shop, and portions of the trail are wheelchair accessible.

Additional Information

RRC offers bus parking, restrooms and picnic tables. Students should dress for outdoor weather conditions and wear sturdy tie-on shoes, no sandals. Chaperones are welcome. Schools are responsible for all transportation arrangements and costs.

To Schedule

Call Cindy Bear, Programs and Services Coordinator, at 239-283-2157 or email