Title: Friends of the Randell Research Center
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Kids Dig It!

Randell Research Center 2008
Education Update

by Michael Wylde

W we've had a lot of visitors thisyear, withregularly
scheduled Wednesday tours well attended through the season. But beginning in
March, kid's tours really bring the Calusa Heritage Trail to life. More than a dozen
large school groups visited the site this spring, with an average group size of
about thirty. They came from Gulf Elementary, Trafalgar Middle, Challenger
Middle, and Tropic Isles Elementary schools. Sanibel fourth-graders were
brought over by boat by the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, and of
course we always see our own island kids from Pine Island Elementary; they
have lunches and water in hand, and they are always ready to learn.
Groups are given an overview of the site on the pavilion deck, where we
talk about our organization, then discuss the prehistory of our area and the
Pineland site. Students then have a brief lecture in our classroom on the
Calusa, their material culture ("What do you guys find here?"), archaeology,
and historic preservation. Then we walk the Trail, where we stop at each of
the interpretive signs and talk about the different aspects of Calusa history
and the i, i .. i ,g, 1 ii ,,l,,i .. ,i..f fthe Pineland Site. Along the way, we
talk about the native plants and plentiful birds on the site.
It's very gratifying to hear how much the kids already know about the
Calusa, and how much more they learn while they are with us. Some have had
school visits, where we go to the schools to prepare them with some basic
knowledge, but others are very lucky to have teachers who are passionate about
teaching the history and heritage of our region. Some groups have some extra
time to spend with us, and we offer hands -i i .. .1,... 1. i i, .i. l 1, ii
atlatl demonstration, or screening real midden material to look for artifacts.
Many other educational visitors are not public school students. We have
seen a lot of home-school groups this year, as well as local civic organizations
such as the Cape Coral Yacht Club, the Miata Club of Fort Myers, and kayak,
garden, and nature clubs. A Florida Gulf Coast University Visual Anthropology
class visited for the day; students toured the site and got a behind-the-scenes
look at archaeological labwork. A life-long-learning group came to visit from
St. Petersburg, and a group of Red Hat ladies toured the site and then enjoyed
a nice lunch at Tarpon Lodge across the street.
Of course, all of these programs are way more than I can handle on my own,
so a big thank-you to all the volunteers and docents who made these visits
possible, especially Joanne Bielfelt, Jim Cherfoli, Bill Godek, Alice Walters, and most
especially Diane Maher, who has done an astounding seven school tours so far

June 2008

Challenger Middle School students at the "early Pineland" sign on
the Calusa Heritage Trail. (Photo by M. Wylde.)

this year, as well as worked in the office and in the bookstore every week. Also
thanks to Mercy Runyon in the store, who was always willing to kick in the sales
tax for kids' purchases!
We have several groups of kids visiting this summer for a day of "Archaeology
Camp", so the fun's not over at the Trail. If anyone is interested in arranging a
tour or educational program, please feel free to contact me for more information at
(239) 283 2157.

Ruby Gill House

Challenge Goal

RRC Friends Respond to Miller/
Sipprelle Generosity

by Bill Marquardt

The Friends of the Randell Research Center have responded in a
big way to the $50,000 challenge gift opportunity offered on March 2 by
Paul and Warren Miller and Dwight and Sue Sipprelle (see Friends newsletter,
vol. 7, no. 1). Donations to the Building Fund ranged from $15 to $10,000,
and all gifts are appreciated. By June 6, $49,960 had been contributed. Linda
and Jim Heffner's donation of fifty dollars that day put us over the top. The
Millers and Sipprelles have sent their matching checks.
We will resume work on the Ruby Gill House as soon as the detailed
construction plans are done and permits are in hand. Thank you, one and
all, for your generous donations. If all goes as expected, the Randell Research
Center will be able to move back into its offices and laboratories within a
few months. Look for progress reports in the newsletter.

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One Day in May

by Bill Marquardt

There is always something goingonat the Calusa Heritage
Trail at the Randell Research Center in Pineland. Admittedly, the pace slows
somewhat this time of year as the days heat up and the summer rains begin
to increase in frequency. There are fewer school tours, but more day-camp
activities. There are still visitors to the Trail, but most appear in the cooler
parts of the day, not when the sun is high in the sky. Lab volunteers are
fewer, but the work still proceeds steadily under Michael's supervision.
Mark will soon be seen less frequently on the tractor pulling the big water
tank and more frequently on the mower, working to keep up with the fast
growing vegetation that is encouraged by the late-spring rains.
continued on page 3

Sea oxeye daisies begin to bloom.

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View of part of the northeast part of the property, after the clearing
of invasive plants.
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Killdeer eggs in our parking lot.

Native cat claw bush in bloom.

Visitors to the Calusa Heritage Irail.

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daily blossoms on a profusion of plants are accompanied by
the soft buzzing of bees and the darting flight of .IIl I I ll. -
In May, the gumbo limbo trees bring forth their foliage, and
by June the royal poinciana trees on Brown's Mound have
taken on their brilliant fiery-orange mantles.
By mid-May, the osprey hatchlings appear half grown.
Mockingbirds have chosen nesting places in the crooks of

New and Renewing Friends of the RRC from March 16 throughJune 15,2008
(* indicates donation of materials or services. Please let us know of any errors or omissions. Thank you for your support.)

($20,000 $99,999)
Paul & Warren Miller
Dwight & Susan Sipprelle
Sustaining Members
($5,000- $19,999)
Dale Schneider, Inc.*
Kathryn & Karl Schroeder*
Tim & Judith Sear
Supporting Members
($1,000- $4,999)
John Cauthen*
Charles B. Edwards
Jon & Beverly Sensbach
Brady Vogt*
Robert A. Wells, Jr.
Sponsoring Members
($500- $999)
Flex Bon Paints*
Barbara Harcourt
Honc Industries*
Lammot duPont
Kathryn & Karl Schroeder
Suncoast Beverage Company

Contributing Members
Sharon Albright
Marguerite & Fitzroy Beckford
Thomas Peter Bennett
Dr. & Mrs. Bruce Bielfelt
Pat Blackwell
Bokeelia Boat Club
Robin C. Brown
Carole L. Crumley
Bill & Mary Cyzewski
Edison Garden Club
Stan & Mary Farnham
Nancy Glickman
Barbara & Carl Harcourt
Shirley Hoch
Catherine House
Fred & Elaine Jette
Robert & Amy Kasdan
Barney & Peggy King
Jerald T. Milanich
Karen Nelson
Bill & Norma Pretsch
Sierra Club

Patty Jo Watson
Rae Ann Wessel
Family Members
Andy & Gloria Andrews
Tony & Caryn Clark
Peter V. D'Alessandro
Gaea Guides
Carroll & Philip Garland
Bill & Mardi Glenn
Stephen C. Hall
Linda & Jim Heffner
IBM Matching Grants Program
Martha & John Kendall
Elise LeCompte
Carolyn M. Murphy
Capt. & Mrs. John B. Orzalli
Leander & Doreen Othon
John Paeno
Harold & Kristin Sears
Graig & Kris Shaak
Mark & Christine Strom
Paul & Shane Swigert
Ruth & Len Walker
J. Kirk & Alice H. Walter
David & Debra Williamson

Individual Members
Paul Andrews
Barbara Blank
Loretta Blessing
Louise F. Bryans
Viki Coen
Louis J. Franks, Jr.
Carolyn Graham
Carolyn Moritz Lawson
Helmut Nickel
Robert T Page
Phyllis A. Pirner
Joan Rogers
Ilene Safron
Carole Scott
Barbara Swire
Tim Wininger
Edward Winn
Student Members
Liam McHugh Amsler
John Dietler
Maisie Amsler Street
Anna McHugh Street


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April 7, 2008

Dr. Walker and Dr. Marquardt,
Congratulations on completing your Urban
Reforestation Grant. You successfully established
836 trees, with an accompanying 44 bushes.
With over 32 species of trees, the grant out on
Pine Island is far and away the champion for
diversity of plant material for all of the grants that
I was responsible for administering. Everyone
involved with the project should be proud in the
watering efforts that have taken place to keep the
plant material alive in the driest part of my three
county service area over the last two years.
At both the Gill house and the [Pineland site],
the native trees are well on their way to recreating
some of the historical plant diversity prior to the
use of the two sites for cattle and other more recent
human uses. This grant only seems to be part of
the investment that the University of Florida is
making with the new classroom and bookstore
facilities, so good luck with everything and the
restoration efforts. The road will be long, but as
with all good, hard work, the ending conclusion
through great effort is usually worth the effort.

Michael Weston, CFA Senior Forester
Florida Division of Forestry
Caloosahatchee Forestry Center

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One Day in May continued from page 3
small trees, while doves carry their twigs high
up into the coconut trees. And the killdeer? Well,
this unusual shorebird invariably lays her eggs
right out on the open ground, or -at least this
year -in the middle of our gravel parking lot.
I was at the Trail on May 13, and took a
few snapshots of how the place looked that
day. You can view these photos in color on
our web site, along with other images taken
at other times, some by other people. Just go
to www.flmnh.ufl.edu/RRC/PhotoGallery.htm
and browse through them.
We'll keep adding to the on-line photo
gallery, but some things just can't be
captured with a camera. The best way to

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William Marquardt
William Marquardt
Michael Wylde
GBS Productions
Gift Shop & Tour Information:
(239) 283-2157

enjoy the Trail is to pay a personal visit. I can
practically guarantee that you'll see something
interesting, or discover something on one of
our interpretive signs that you hadn't noticed
before. People have been visiting this special
place for 2,000 years. Now it's your turn.

Robert Wells, Jr. (above) presents a
check for $8,000, ajoint gift from
him and Charles Edwards, May 13,
2008. Left to right: Wells, Karen
Walker, Bill Marquardt. The check
went into the Building Fund and was
matched by $8,000 from the Millers
and Sipprelles (see article, page 1).
(Photo by V. Amsler.)

(Left) Native bromeliad in bloom.
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PO Box 608
Pineland FL 33945-0608 FLORIDA
Telephone (239) 283-2062 MUSEUM
Fax (239) 283-2080 OF NATURALHISTORY
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Pineland, Florida* June, 2008
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Dear Friend,

You are cordially invited to join, or renew your membership in, the RRC's support society, Friends of the Randell
Research Center. All Friends of the RRC receive a quarterly newsletter and free admission to the Calusa Heritage Trail at
Pineland. Supporters at higher levels are entitled to discounts on our books and merchandise, advance notice of
programs, and special recognition. Your continuing support is vital to our mission. It means more research, more educa-
tion, and continued site improvements at the Randell Research Center. Thank you.

William H. Marquardt
Randell Research Center

Please check the membership level you prefer, and send this form with credit card information
or check payable to Randell Research Center, to:
Membership Coordinator Randell Research Center PO Box 608 Pineland, Florida 33945

" Individual ($30) and Student ($15): quarterly Newsletter
and free admission to Calusa Heritage Trail
" Family ($50): The above + advance notice and 10%
discount on children's programs
1 Contributor ($100-$499): The above + annual honor
roll listing in newsletter + 20% discount on RRC
publications and merchandise
1 Sponsor ($500-$999): The above + invitation to annual
Director's tour and reception

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" Supporter ($1,000-$4,999): The above + listing on
annual donor plaque at Pineland site
" Sustaining Members ($5,000-$19,999), Benefactors
($20,000-$99,999), and Patrons ($100,000
and above) receive all of the above + complimentary
RRC publications and special briefings from the
" Please use my gift to obtain matching funds from the
National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Books, Videos and RRC

The Calusa and Their Legacy: South Florida People and Their Environments
by Darcie A. MacMahon and William H. Marquardt, U. Press of Florida, hardcover $39.95
Sharks and Shark Products in Prehistoric South Florida
by Laura Kozuch; Monograph 2, softcover $5.00
The Archaeology of Useppa Island
edited by William H. Marquardt; Monograph 3, hardcover $35.00, softcover $20.00
New Words, Old Songs: Understanding the Lives of Ancient Peoples
in Southwest Florida Through Archaeology
by Charles Blanchard, illustrated by Merald Clark; hardcover $19.95, softcover $9.95
Fisherfolk of Charlotte Harbor, Florida
by Robert F. Edic; hardcover $35.00
Florida's First People
by Robin Brown, Pineapple Press, hardcover, $29.95
Missions to the Calusa
by John H. Hann, U. Press of Florida, hardcover, $35.00
Florida's Indians
by Jerald T Milanich, U. Press of Florida, softcover, $19.95
Archaeology of Precolumbian Florida
by Jerald T Milanich, U. Press of Florida, softcover, $27.95
The Lost Florida Manuscripts of Frank Hamilton Cushing
edited by Phyllis E. Kolianos and Brent R. Weisman, U. Press of Florida, hardcover, $59.95
Indian Art of Ancient Florida
by Barbara Purdy, U. Press of Florida, hardcover, $35.00
The Domain of the Calusa: Archaeology and Adventure in the Discovery of South Florida's Past
DVD video, $12.95
Expedition Florida: Three-program Set
(From Exploration to Exhibition; The Wild Heart of Florida; Wild Alachua)
DVD video, $24.95
RRC logo Hat $20.00
RRC logo short-sleeve cotton staff shirt -
(specify size: S, M, L, XL) $35.00
RRC logo short-sleeve cotton T-shirt /
(specify Adult size: S, M, L, XL) $15.00
(specify Child size: XS, S, M) $12.00
RRC logo tote bag $10.00
RRC logo coffee mug $10.00 /

To place order, make check payable to: Randell Research Center
or fill in credit card information and mail to:
Randell Research Center / PO Box 608 / Pineland FL 33945.
Questions? 239 283 2157 / E-mail: randellcenter@comcast.net

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