Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium | History Museum | Theatre | Wildlife Sanctuary

Upcoming Events

Feb
14
Sun
all-day Sky Full of Stars: Love Songs, S...
Sky Full of Stars: Love Songs, S...
Feb 14 all-day
Sky Full of Stars: Love Songs, Sky Shows and Special Messages in the Planetarium
Sunday, February 14th 7:00 – 9:00 pm Sky Full of Stars: Love Songs, Sky Shows and Special Messages in the Planetarium Looking for something unusual to do for Valentine’s Day? You could write your love across the sky – or even across the Milky Way, in our planetarium!  Updated Message[...]
10:00 am Bird Hike!
Bird Hike!
Feb 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Guided Bird Hike Explore the trails in search of our feathered friends. Learn about native wildlife and cool features along the trail. Cost is $5 for non-members and free for members. Anyone wishing to stay can use their $5 towards admission for the whole day
12:00 pm Planetarium (New Show): “NASA’s ...
Planetarium (New Show): “NASA’s ...
Feb 14 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
12:00 – “NASA’s Future of Space Exploration” (NEW) plus “LCROSS Mission Results”  On our theme of cosmic interactions, we include our own species interactions with space Each show is preceded by a live orientation to SW Florida night skies (to get you dark-adapted!), so you will also learn some of[...]
1:00 pm Bluegrass on the porch
Bluegrass on the porch
Feb 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Bluegrass on the porch
Gettin’ Picky Bluegrass Jam: They’re back for a second year! Putting together a mix of toe-tapping bluegrass standards, ballads, and gospel tunes, Gettin’ Picky plays something for everyone. Gettin’ Picky is in its second year as a bluegrass music group in southwest Florida. The group is dedicated to playing bluegrass[...]
1:00 pm Live Reptile Program
Live Reptile Program
Feb 14 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
A live animal demonstration is given daily at 1 pm, usully in the main building of the Nature Center. Meet giant friendly snakes and other lovely critters!
1:30 pm Planetarium: “Cosmic Castaways: ...
Planetarium: “Cosmic Castaways: ...
Feb 14 @ 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
1:30 show: “Cosmic Castaways” — On our theme of Cosmic Interactions, this excellent production about colliding galaxies will keep you fascinated. Learn how some day half of our night sky may be filled with the vista of two galaxies in the process of merging! Each show is preceded by a[...]
2:30 pm Planetarium: “All About the Star...
Planetarium: “All About the Star...
Feb 14 @ 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
2:30 Mystery Tour: “All About the Stars” or “Winter Stargazing” or “potluck!” (30 min)  This is our last show of the day, so if the audience is small, you can choose your own show from several that our  planetarium person can describe for you!  If we have a large audience,[...]
Feb
15
Mon
10:00 am Bird Hike!
Bird Hike!
Feb 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Guided Bird Hike Explore the trails in search of our feathered friends. Learn about native wildlife and cool features along the trail. Cost is $5 for non-members and free for members. Anyone wishing to stay can use their $5 towards admission for the whole day
12:00 pm Planetarium (New Show): “NASA’s ...
Planetarium (New Show): “NASA’s ...
Feb 15 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
12:00 – “NASA’s Future of Space Exploration” (NEW) plus “LCROSS Mission Results”  On our theme of cosmic interactions, we include our own species interactions with space Each show is preceded by a live orientation to SW Florida night skies (to get you dark-adapted!), so you will also learn some of[...]
1:00 pm Live Reptile Program
Live Reptile Program
Feb 15 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
A live animal demonstration is given daily at 1 pm, usully in the main building of the Nature Center. Meet giant friendly snakes and other lovely critters!
1:30 pm Planetarium: “Cosmic Castaways: ...
Planetarium: “Cosmic Castaways: ...
Feb 15 @ 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
1:30 show: “Cosmic Castaways” — On our theme of Cosmic Interactions, this excellent production about colliding galaxies will keep you fascinated. Learn how some day half of our night sky may be filled with the vista of two galaxies in the process of merging! Each show is preceded by a[...]
2:30 pm Planetarium: “All About the Star...
Planetarium: “All About the Star...
Feb 15 @ 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
2:30 Mystery Tour: “All About the Stars” or “Winter Stargazing” or “potluck!” (30 min)  This is our last show of the day, so if the audience is small, you can choose your own show from several that our  planetarium person can describe for you!  If we have a large audience,[...]
Feb
16
Tue
12:00 pm Planetarium (New Show): “NASA’s ...
Planetarium (New Show): “NASA’s ...
Feb 16 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
12:00 – “NASA’s Future of Space Exploration” (NEW) plus “LCROSS Mission Results”  On our theme of cosmic interactions, we include our own species interactions with space Each show is preceded by a live orientation to SW Florida night skies (to get you dark-adapted!), so you will also learn some of[...]
1:00 pm Live Reptile Program
Live Reptile Program
Feb 16 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
A live animal demonstration is given daily at 1 pm, usully in the main building of the Nature Center. Meet giant friendly snakes and other lovely critters!
1:30 pm Planetarium: “Cosmic Castaways: ...
Planetarium: “Cosmic Castaways: ...
Feb 16 @ 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
1:30 show: “Cosmic Castaways” — On our theme of Cosmic Interactions, this excellent production about colliding galaxies will keep you fascinated. Learn how some day half of our night sky may be filled with the vista of two galaxies in the process of merging! Each show is preceded by a[...]

Welcome to the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium: open 10 – 4 Mon-Sat, 11 – 4 Sundays

The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium is a private, not for profit, environmental education organization located in Fort Myers, Florida. Our 105 acre site has a museum, three nature trails, a Planetarium, butterfly and bird aviaries, a gift shop, a woodland pavilion and meeting and picnic areas.

Strolling through our Museum, visitors can learn about Southwest Florida's natural history. Daily educational programs allow visitors an up close and personal view of some of our resident creatures, including skunk, raccoon, fox, turtles, snakes, an Audubon Aviary which houses permanently injured birds of prey (hawks, vultures, bald eagles, owls and more) and a Butterfly Pavilion.

Various reptiles, amphibians and arthropods are also waiting for you. The Museum's interpretive displays address many issues affecting our area, from water resources to the plight of the endangered manatee. Exhibits on native Calusa culture and the paleontology of Southwest Florida share space with live baby alligators and tiny owls.

The stars are always out in our Planetarium, the only public-accessible planetarium south of Bradenton and west of Miami! Check the Planetarium pages for astronomical happenings and other special events.

Stroll or roll! Our Museum, Planetarium and large portions of our nature trails are accessible to people with movement challenges. Our Gift Shop has a wide variety of natural history merchandise for all ages, from toys through books and antique Audubon prints to jewelry, tee shirts, inflatable planets and stylish handmade shoulder bags. Be sure to check it out on your next visit.

The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium is truly a center. In addition to our regular collection of programs and hosting of special events, our facilities are used by many different nature-friendly groups and organizations for their regular meetings and special programs. When you or your business need a unique and convenient site for your next meeting, presentation, birthday party or picnic, please contact us to see what we can offer.

The Museum, Aviaries and Trails are open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm in the fall (starting October 1), winter and spring and on Sunday from 11am to 4pm. In summer, we bow to the rains and close at 3 pm.

The Center is located at 3450 Ortiz Avenue at the intersection of Colonial Blvd. and Six Mile Cypress in Fort Myers, one minute from I-75 at Exit 136. Additional information is available by calling 239-275-3435.

Admission to the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium is $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 3-12). This one-price admission includes the Natural History Museum, Butterfly Aviary, Trails, the regularly scheduled Live Animal demonstration and all Planetarium shows scheduled that day. Please call for group rates, which are available for 15 or more people when you book your visit in advance. Family memberships are available: a Family Membership entitles member families (spouses or parents, children, grandparents at same address) to free admission for a year, some special member-appreciation events and many other special prices on programs and discounts in the gift store. We participate in the ANCA reciprocity policy, ask to see the ANCA list of places that will extend Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium members their own membership benefits.

We welcome new volunteers; please call 239-275-3435 to schedule an orientation.

Some programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, the South Florida Water Management District, the West Coast Inland Navigation District, and NASA.