The ECHO Bookstore and Nursery will be closed for inventory on March 30-31.
Public Tours will continue as usual but the nursery and bookstore will be closed. We apologize for any inconvenience.
ECHO Global Farm Tour
ECHO's Global Farm Tour is a fascinating guided, walking tour of the most creative working farm you have ever experienced. Along the way you will find unique demonstrations, plants, and techniques useful to farmers and urban gardeners in developing countries.
Experience the seven settings of the Global Farm which feature crops, techniques, and animals from around the world. Goats, chickens, ducks, fish and rabbits are all found on our farm; and ECHO is home to one of the largest collections of tropical food plants in the United States.
You won't want to miss the demonstrations in our Urban Garden, a perennial favorite, which features some wacky, yet effective ways to grow crops where there is little or no soil.
Global Farm Tour Schedule:
Tuesday-Friday: 9:30, 12:00, 2:30
Saturday: 9:30, 12:00
ECHO Appropriate Technology Village Tour
The all-new Anderson Appropriate Technology Center is a unique working space focused on demonstrating, researching, and building tools and techniques that solve problems in food, water, and shelter for small-scale farmers around the world.
Come discover how simple technologies made from local or recycled materials can improve lives. Appropriate technologies transform sand into water filters, manure into energy, and bicycles into power tools. These innovations may appear simple compared to high-tech gadgets, but it takes skillful design and ingenuity to make essential resources with only local materials.
On the Appropriate Technology Village Tour you'll discover how food goes from the field to the market, and how simple solutions can make a major difference around the world.
Appropriate Technology Tour Schedule:
Tuesday, Friday & Saturday: 11:30
Please allow at least 2 hours for this attraction.
All tours are conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis and have limited space available. Public Tours are only held at the times/days listed above. We recommend that you arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time. During peak tourist season in Southwest Florida (January to April) you may want to arrive earlier. Unfortunately, late arrivals cannot be guaranteed a spot and may not join once the tour has left the Visitor Center.
Groups of ten or more:
Due to limited space and to ensure the best experience, groups of ten or more must reserve a group tour*.
Adults (19+): $12.50 each
Discounts available for seniors and college students with ID.
Students (13-18): $9 each
Children (6-12): $6 each
Children 5 and under are free.
Families: Bring your entire family for a maximum cost of $30.
Applies to parents of, and accompanying, children under 18 years of age.
Special Offer! Take both the Appropriate Technology and Global Farm Tours on the same day and receive a discount of 25% on each ticket.
About our Tours:
Located near I-75, just minutes from historic downtown Fort Myers, the ECHO Global Farm is one of Southwest Florida's top tourist destinations.
From friendly farm animals to incredible plants like Moringa and Neem, you'll discover something new to learn with each visit. All tours are guided by expertly trained volunteer docents and each year new demonstrations and opportunities are provided. If you have not visited the Global Farm this year, there are many new things to discover.
Our tours are walking tours, however special accommodations can be made for those with mobility challenges. Contact us before you come if you have concerns, we want to ensure your best experience possible.
PLEASE BE SAFE: Both the Global Farm and the Anderson Appropriate Technology Center are working spaces with ongoing research, training, and farm activity.
*For your safety, self-guided tours are not permissible at any time.*
Please Note: ECHO's Policy on Pets and Service Animals
Group & school Tours:
ECHO Tours are perfect for civic clubs, church groups and others. If you have a group of ten or more, let us schedule a private tour just for you. The group tour experience is the same, but has guaranteed availability, and a more flexible schedule.
We also offer a unique experience for school groups (must be at least 4th grade) with specially trained docents and even a spot to enjoy your lunch. Please contact us for more details!
If you have questions or would like to schedule a group or school tour, contact Russ Luther by email or phone (239) 567-3316.