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

Recent Posts

  • Shhh… Something’s Coming… Something BIG…

    Shhh… Something’s Coming… Something BIG…

    Earth Day, April 22, 2017.  After the festivities of the day, there will be another adventure… EXPEDITION CALUSA! Revisit this page and details will emerge over the coming days…  Read More »
  • Lasers Are Back! Eight Days ONLY, March Laser Madness

    Lasers Are Back! Eight Days ONLY, March Laser Madness

    Back by popular demand, this is a March Madness laser extravaganza… Shows at 7, 8, 9 and 10 pm on each of the evenings listed below. Tickets at the door: $10/adult/show.  Matinee kid-laser shows are M 3/20 – F 3/24 at 4 pm (see below). For full show descriptions, see[...]Read More »
  • Preschool Class: Tue Mar 14

    Preschool Class: Tue Mar 14

    Pre-school Class at CNCP – Reptiles and Amphibians — Fun preschool class includes a guided trail walk, a story, learning activities, and a craft. Please use the “RSVP Here” tab under “Contact” on our website (opens in new tab) to make sure your teacher is aware you are coming! Included[...]Read More »

Upcoming Events

Mar
23
Thu
10:00 am Guided Trail Hike with Education...
Guided Trail Hike with Education...
Mar 23 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
See RSV Here tab on Contact page
12:00 pm Planetarium Show #1 — “To Mars!”...
Planetarium Show #1 — “To Mars!”...
Mar 23 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
We show three different planetarium shows each day, and we have a live orientation to what you can see in our local night sky as the initial part of each show (this is our sneaky way of getting you dark-adapted!), followed by a fulldome planetarium “movie.” Our noon show is[...]
1:15 pm Live Animal Presentation
Live Animal Presentation
Mar 23 @ 1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
A live animal demonstration is given daily at 1 pm, usually in the main building of the Nature Center. Meet giant friendly snakes and other lovely critters — each week is different!
2:00 pm Planetarium show #2: “Mayan Cosm...
Planetarium show #2: “Mayan Cosm...
Mar 23 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
We show three different planetarium shows each day, and we have a live orientation to what you can see in our local night sky as the initial part of each show (this is our sneaky way of getting you dark-adapted!), followed by a fulldome planetarium “movie.”
3:00 pm Planetarium Show #3 “Exoplanets”...
Planetarium Show #3 “Exoplanets”...
Mar 23 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
We show three different planetarium shows each day, and we have a live orientation to what you can see in our local night sky as the initial part of each show (this is our sneaky way of getting you dark-adapted!), followed by a fulldome planetarium “movie.”
4:00 pm Kids Laser Show: Perseus and And...
Kids Laser Show: Perseus and And...
Mar 23 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
A laser retelling of the classical Greek Myth of Perseus and Andromeda, as told by the wise owl and his mouse assistant
Mar
24
Fri
11:00 am Solar Observing (Weather Permitt...
Solar Observing (Weather Permitt...
Mar 24 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Solar Observing (Weather Permitting) Every Friday at 11:45, (clear skies permitting) Live solar observing using the Coronado Solar Telescope: Are there sunspots today? Prominences? A flare? Planetarium volunteers and/or staff will show you the Sun “live” as few people get to see it. Catch our narrow-band filter’s detailed view of[...]
12:00 pm Planetarium Show #1 — “To Mars!”...
Planetarium Show #1 — “To Mars!”...
Mar 24 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
We show three different planetarium shows each day, and we have a live orientation to what you can see in our local night sky as the initial part of each show (this is our sneaky way of getting you dark-adapted!), followed by a fulldome planetarium “movie.” Our noon show is[...]
1:15 pm Live Animal Presentation
Live Animal Presentation
Mar 24 @ 1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
A live animal demonstration is given daily at 1 pm, usually in the main building of the Nature Center. Meet giant friendly snakes and other lovely critters — each week is different!
2:00 pm Planetarium show #2: “Mayan Cosm...
Planetarium show #2: “Mayan Cosm...
Mar 24 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
We show three different planetarium shows each day, and we have a live orientation to what you can see in our local night sky as the initial part of each show (this is our sneaky way of getting you dark-adapted!), followed by a fulldome planetarium “movie.”
3:00 pm Planetarium Show #3 “Exoplanets”...
Planetarium Show #3 “Exoplanets”...
Mar 24 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
We show three different planetarium shows each day, and we have a live orientation to what you can see in our local night sky as the initial part of each show (this is our sneaky way of getting you dark-adapted!), followed by a fulldome planetarium “movie.”
4:00 pm Kids Laser Show: Orion the Hunte...
Kids Laser Show: Orion the Hunte...
Mar 24 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
A laser telling of the story of Orion the Hunter as told by the wise owl and his mouse assistant.
7:00 pm Laser Show: Metallica
Laser Show: Metallica
Mar 24 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ain’t My Bitch Fuel One Nothing Else Matters Master of Puppets Unforgiven II Sad But True Enter Sandman
8:00 pm Laseropolis — Laser Show
Laseropolis — Laser Show
Mar 24 @ 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Karn Evil 9 Emerson, Lake & Palmer Head Over Feet Alanis Morrisette Rock Lobster The B-52’s Firestarter Prodigy Under the Milky Way The Church Papau new Guinea Future Sounds of London Spiderwebs No Doubt Foreplay Boston Champagne Supernova Oasis End of the World (as we know it) R.E.M. Torn Creed[...]

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.