The Randell Research Center and Calusa Heritage Trail are temporarily closed to the public. More Info

The Sear Family Foundation Endowment allows us to provide free field trips to 4th grade students from local Title I schools.   This experience informs students about the powerful and successful Calusa who once lived in southwest Florida.  Fourth grade students from non Title I schools are welcome to visit for a nominal fee of $4 per student. 

For more information, Call 239-283-2062.

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.


Title 1 schools are not responsible for fees.  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

Field Trips must be scheduled and confirmed ahead of time.  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. Title 1 schools are not responsible for transportation costs.

To Schedule

Call Annisa Karim at 239-283-2062 or email