Welcome to 2020 at Koreshan State Park! 

There's a lot in store for park visitors this year, including our premier annual event, Ghost Walk, now in it's 28th year with new cast members. Steve Kalb, our resident blacksmith, is demonstrating his skills most Sundays in his new, expanded workshop, Koreshan Baking is back every Sunday at the Cast Iron Cafe, Guided Historic Tours now offered in Spanish and French, and so much more - for all ages!

See you at the park!


28th Annual Ghost Walk, January 31, February 1, February 7 and 8. Six performances nightly. 

Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstrations, 10am, 2nd and 3rd Wednesdays, January - March at the Campfire Circle on the River Trail.

Cracker Cowboy Cooking Demonstrations, 10am, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays January - March at the Cast Iron Cafe.

Fairbanks Morse Engine Start-up and Demonstration - 11am Wednesdays and Saturdays, January - March in the Generator Building.

Art Hall Music Series, 3:30pm, most Saturdays, January - March, in the Art Hall

Visita Histórica Guiada (Guided Historic Tour in Spanish), 11am, 18 de Enero de 2020

Visites Historiques Guides (Guided Historic Tour in French), 11h00, 19 Javier 2020

28th Annual Antique Engine, Quilt & Craft Show - 8am-1pm, March 14 - 15. Handmade Arts, Crafts and Food Vendors needed! Click here for application forms.

Ongoing Events

Guided Historic Settlement Tours, Jan-Mar, Wed - Sun, 10am & 2pm; Apr–Dec, Sat & Sun, 10am

Farmers Market & Native Plant Sale, Sundays, Year-round, 8am-1pm. NEW VENDORS WELCOME! Click here for an application

Forging Demonstration by Stephen Kalb of Kalb Ironworks by the Cast Iron Cafe, January 12, 9, 16 between 9am and 12pm

Individuals, Businesses and organizations that would like to sponsor, sell products, or provide activities at our events can click here for application forms or contact us @

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP WITH ALL PARK EVENTS! If interested, please email us @

*Events are free and subject to change; entrance or impact fees required for all events (exception: Ghost Walk). To keep up-to-date with all events, click here or follow us on Facebook.

Become a Friend!

Friends of Koreshan State Park enjoy free park admission, retail discounts, invitations to member-only special events and outings, their own newsletter, among other perks!  We have three levels of memberships you can explore here.

Nature Programs**

Click on any link below to register online.

Nature Talk – Why Native Plants? 
Learn the importance of native plants in the local ecosystem, and resources for native plants. Native plant sale immediately following.

Tuesday Nature Trail Hikes
Learn some park history, history of the Estero River and find out about plants and critters that we meet along the way with a park naturalist!

Saturday Nature Trail Hikes
Learn some park history, history of the Estero River and find out about plants and critters that we meet along the way with a park volunteer!

Beginning Cell Phone Photography
Bring your cell phone, learn the basics of photography and the best places to snap that perfect photo in the park!

Beginning Butterflies
A presentation and talk on the butterflies of Koreshan State Park and Southwest Florida.

Beginning Photography
A beginning photography tour of the different habitats and architecture within the park.

Photographer’s Nature Hike
A photographers walk on the nature trails of Koreshan State Park.

Gopher Tortoises
Discover just how fascinating this ancient species is!

Shells – Mysterious Beauties of SWFL
A talk on shells and the mysterious creatures that reside inside.

Manatee and Dolphins
Creatures that are fun to watch and extremely interesting!

Celebrate Florida Gopher Tortoise Day, April 10, 2020
Learn gopher tortoise behaviors, anatomy and fun facts–and hold and see the shells of specimens that lived in Koreshan State Park!

**Space limited! Programs are free with park entry fee ($5 per vehicle with 2-8 occupants, $4 per single-occupant vehicle, and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists) but reservations are either required or requested.

Support Friends of Koreshan State Park

Your generous tax-deductible contributions to the Friends of Koreshan help us continue our mission to support Koreshan State Park. Please contribute by donating, volunteering your time or shopping on AmazonSmile and GoodShop to donate a percentage of your purchases to the Friends.


Cyrus Teed In the Army

by Roger Parlin, Volunteer, Docent, Tour Guide

In 1862 at the age of twenty-two, a young medical student named Cyrus Teed enlisted in the Union Army and joined the New York Infantry of the New York volunteers. In 1863, by then a Corporal, Teed was assigned to
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