Skip to main content
Hundreds of lectures. Knowledgeable instructors. 
Join us in-person at one of our 19 locations
or participate online.


Keep your mind active and engaged this year!
Register for a lecture with FGCU Academy!
Register for a Day Trip with FGCU Academy!    

Greetings, Can you believe we are halfway through March already? Time flies when you
are having fun! Don’t forget to register! Get your classes while they are still available.  

Visit our Sneak Peaks section for next week, below.  

Click here to view our list of day trips & special events.  



Call our offices anytime for assistance at 239.434.4737      

Click on any topic below to learn more.    


Chinese Intelligence
March 13 | 10 – 11:30 am Wednesday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

China has a large and highly proficient intelligence organization.
They are particularly effective in human intelligence, economic
espionage and cyber warfare. They are also very aggressive in
co-opting students, academics and businessmen. Topics include:
structure; mission; effectiveness; operations; Ministry for State
Security; People’s Liberation Army; industrial and economic
espionage; cyber warfare; and TikTok.

Voyage to Mars
March 14 | 10 – 11:30 pm Thursday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

In 2020, three missions were launched from Earth with the destination of Mars.
All three missions arrived at Mars in February 2021. The first Mission was by
United Arab Emirates named the Hope Probe. The second was by China named
the Tianwen-1 Mission. The third was by NASA named Perseverance. The Hope
Probe will remain in orbit and analyze Mars’ weather patterns. The Tianwen-1
Probe has an orbiter, a lander and a rover. Perseverance has a lander, rover and
helicopter drone. We examine the objectives of each mission and provide up-
dates on their accomplishments to date. Join us for a fascinating discussion
about the forefront of space travel and exploration in the 21st century.

Growing Orchids from Seeds
March 14 | 1:30 – 3 pm Thursday
Naples Botanical Gardens  

Visit his You Tube Channel  

It may surprise you to know that most orchids that are sold in the
big box stores and specialty garden shops started their journal in
a laboratory. Orchids are either grown from seed or cloned from
small shoot tips under sterile conditions, using a process called
“flasking.” Students learn how orchids are bred to make seeds
and how those seeds are placed in flasks, where they efficiently
but slowly grow into small seedlings. Once seedlings are mature,
they can be removed from their flask and acclimated to ambient
conditions to continue their growth and eventually flower.

Ikebana: The Art of Japanese Floral Arrangement
March 18 | 1:30 – 3 pm Monday
Naples Botanical Gardens  

Ikebana represents the elements of heaven, earth and man, working in harmony.
This elegant art is achieved by using flowers, branches, rocks and other natural
materials to create beauty. It is a way of bringing one’s love of nature into the
home. In experiencing the interrelationship between oneself and the outer world,
it becomes another avenue of connecting with the beauty of nature, bringing a
sense of inner peace, tranquility and serenity. Not merely flower arranging,
Ikebana is an art to portray the life of the universe.    

HOT TOPICS of the Week  

Pages Word Processor for the iPhone/iPad/Mac
China – The Mandate of Heaven; Humiliation and Rebirth New Class
A Republic If You Can Keep It: America at a Crossroads  

Sneak Peak for Next Week – see what is coming    

Understanding Your Mirrorless and Digital SLR
iPhone/iPad: Tips, Tricks & Secrets of Apple’s Newest Operating –
System iOS 17
Affordable Housing: Needs and Impacts
Financial Strategies for Estate Planning
The Chicago 8 Conspiracy Trial
Recovering Nazi Plunder – World War II Monuments Men
Military Tribunals in U.S. History  

Day Trips / Special Events

The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg
March 28 | 8 – 6 pm, Thursday
St. Petersburg  

Our private, docent-led tour takes us through the highlights of the permanent collection
as well as a brand-new exhibition, The Shape of Dreams. The Shape of Dreams explores
500 years of dream-inspired paintings from the 16th to 20th century, demonstrating how
artists throughout time have depicted a profound yet common phenomenon of human
experience – the dream. The exhibition examines how Western artists have depicted dreams
for different audiences throughout time, exploring the continuity and disconnections between
the past and present. Our tour includes round-trip motor coach transportation, driver gratuity,
entrance fees, a private docent-led tour and audio guides. Lunch is on your own. Departure
information will be emailed 3 days prior to the trip. Itineraries are subject to change.
No refunds within 10 business days of departure.        

The Arlington, Naples (AR)
Aston Gardens, North Naples (AG)
Bentley Village, North Naples (BV)
Bonita Bay Community Assoc., Bonita (BB)
Brooks Enrichment Center, Bonita (BR)
The Collaboratory, Ft. Myers (CO)
Cypress Cove, Ft. Myers (CC)
FGCU Main Campus, Ft. Myers (FG)
Grey Oaks Country Club, Naples (GR)
Hideaway Beach Club, Marco island (HB)
The Island Country Club, Marco island (IC)
Moorings Park Grande Lake, Naples (GL)
Moorings Park at Grey Oaks, Naples (GO)
Moorings Park Original Campus, Naples (MP)
Naples Center, Naples (NC)
Siena Lakes, North Naples (SL)
The TwinEagles Club, North Naples (TE)
United Church of Marco Island, Marco (UC)
Wyndemere Country Club, Naples (WC)
(see page 4 of the Winter-Spring 2024 Program Guide for location addresses)    

FGCU Academy
Click Below to View  

2024 Travel Open House Presentation

Classic Safari: Kenya & Tanzania
August 13-28, 2024 
16 days for $11,196
View Brochure

Exploring Iceland
August 15-25, 2024  
11 days for $6,692  

View Brochure

Southern Italy & Sicily
September 4-18, 2024  
15 days for $6,674  

View Brochure

Scotland: Highlands & Islands
September 9-20, 2024  
12 days for $5,896   

View Brochure

Sensations of Lyon & Provence
2024 River Cruise
September 17 – 28, 2024
12 days from $5,469  

View Brochure

Jewels of the Rhine
2024 River Cruise
September 20 – 30, 2024
11 days from $4,925   

View Brochure

Provincial French Countryside
September 27-October 11, 2024
15 days for $6,297  

View Brochure

New Zealand Adventure
October 10-25, 2024  
16 days for $8,124  

View Brochure

Southeast Asia Odysseys
October 31-November 18, 2024 
19 days for $7,597  

View Brochure

Travel Abroad with FGCU Academy  
Call our office 239.434.4737  for assistance
with registration or Click to View our Website        


FGCU Academy Needs Your Support Today to Ensure that Our Critical
Mission of Adult Education and Enrichment Continues!  

FGCU Academy is ready to serve the SWFL community for the Winter-Spring 2024
Season—Learning, Growing, Sharing and Socializing. With nearly 700 programs at
more than nineteen locations, there is something for everyone. If we have had the
opportunity to meet in person or if you have heard me speak, I hope I was able to share
with you my passion about FGCU Academy and its mission to provide lifelong learning
and enrichment to the SWFL community. I believe it is critical to our well-being to keep
exploring new avenues for growth to keep our minds engaged in our past, present and

Since we are a non-credit programmatic offering, Florida Gulf Coast University can
provide $0.00 of support to the Academy. We must be financially self-sustaining.  

The fact is that the revenue generated through memberships and program fees provides
for only 50% of our annual operating costs. Additionally, our attendance has not yet re-
turned to pre-pandemic levels, so revenue is much lower than in the past. 
As an educator, I find myself slightly uncomfortable talking about the financial needs of
the Academy beyond thanking everyone for their participation. But, this year and for the
near future, it is important that I find the words to ask for additional support through
philanthropic donations.  

Our passion keeps us moving forward and your donations will do the same. Please take a
moment to consider a year-end donation to ensure our continued success. All amounts make
a difference in strengthening the work we do in the community.   

Your gift will allow the Academy to offer more than 1,000 diverse and fascinating programs
at more than twenty locations throughout SWFL. Through our mission we promise to enrich
the lives, minds and social well-being of more than 10,000 SWFL adults and seniors that
participate in our programs each year.   

or mail your donation to
FGCU Academy
704 Goodlette Frank Road North, Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102  

I look forward to seeing you at a FGCU Academy program in 2024. Please contact me directly
at [email protected] or 239.434.4838 with questions or to learn more.  

In gratitude,  

John J. Guerra
Director of FGCU Academy


FGCU Academy

704 Goodlette-Frank Rd N Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102  

239.434.4737   [email protected]
‹‹ Previous Post
FWC one of first five agencies in U.S. to seek accreditation in North American Wildlife Law Enforcement Accreditation Program 
All Posts Next Post ››
NOTICE: FGCU’s Student Government Senate meeting to include FGCU Board of Trustees