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  • Winter Camp is the Earth & Space Place!

    Winter Camp is the Earth & Space Place!

    Spaceship Earth is taking off for the cosmos this Winter! Three Earth-Space camps and a Wild Adventure Day await your camper! Each link takes you to the relevant registration and information page… Homeschool Earth & Space Camp is M-Th Dec 18-21, 2017 Wild adventure Day is Friday, Dec 22, 2017[...]Read More »
  • Laser Light Shows: Fri, Sat, Sun June 16-25 at 7, 8, 9 and 10 pm: choose your flavor!

    Laser Light Shows: Fri, Sat, Sun June 16-25 at 7, 8, 9 and 10 pm: choose your flavor!

    The quarterly Laser Light Shows at Calusa Nature Center Planetarium are back: get your Laser on! Schedule: http://calusanature.org/laser-shows/Read More »
  • Holiday Nights and Holiday Lasers

    Holiday Nights and Holiday Lasers

    5:30 – 8:30 pm Fri, Sat, Sun December 8-10 and 15-17 Members are free, and if you are attending the Holiday Lights Event (special event wristband for each evening), you can get discounted admission to the Holiday Laser Show at 6 pm in the planetarium: $5/seat (regular price $10/seat). Full-length[...]Read More »

Upcoming Events

Dec
12
Tue
all-day Kids Laser Show 4 pm in planetarium
Kids Laser Show 4 pm in planetarium
Dec 12 all-day
Legends of the Night Sky laser shows: Perseus and Andromeda or Orion the Hunter on alternate days. Please purchase tickets online or by 3:45 at museum desk.
12:00 pm PN Noon show: “Secrets of the Sk...
PN Noon show: “Secrets of the Sk...
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Fun and imaginative short shows for families with children: a starry winter adventure!
1:15 pm Live Animal Presentation
Live Animal Presentation
Dec 12 @ 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 PN show 2: “Aurora Storm” and “S...
PN show 2: “Aurora Storm” and “S...
Dec 12 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
We will visit the Arctic and a space station orbiting Earth for these two short “aurora” shows. The long northern hemisphere nights make it easy to observe the aurora borealis — and solar activity is the key to auroral displays. Join us to watch and learn about these stunning light[...]
3:00 pm PN 3: “Tesla, Alfven and Magneti...
PN 3: “Tesla, Alfven and Magneti...
Dec 12 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
3:00 show: “Tesla, Alfven and Magnetism” plus (optional) “Winter Stargazing.”  We continue the theme of Earth’s magnetic field and its amazing auroras, and connect this theme to the work of Tesla (who wished to use Earth’s magnetic field as a source of clean power) and Hannes Alfven, who pioneered research[...]
Dec
13
Wed
all-day Kids Laser Show 4 pm in planetarium
Kids Laser Show 4 pm in planetarium
Dec 13 all-day
Legends of the Night Sky laser shows: Perseus and Andromeda or Orion the Hunter on alternate days. Please purchase tickets online or by 3:45 at museum desk.
12:00 pm PN Noon show: “Secrets of the Sk...
PN Noon show: “Secrets of the Sk...
Dec 13 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Fun and imaginative short shows for families with children: a starry winter adventure!
1:15 pm Live Animal Presentation
Live Animal Presentation
Dec 13 @ 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 PN show 2: “Aurora Storm” and “S...
PN show 2: “Aurora Storm” and “S...
Dec 13 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
We will visit the Arctic and a space station orbiting Earth for these two short “aurora” shows. The long northern hemisphere nights make it easy to observe the aurora borealis — and solar activity is the key to auroral displays. Join us to watch and learn about these stunning light[...]
3:00 pm PN 3: “Tesla, Alfven and Magneti...
PN 3: “Tesla, Alfven and Magneti...
Dec 13 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
3:00 show: “Tesla, Alfven and Magnetism” plus (optional) “Winter Stargazing.”  We continue the theme of Earth’s magnetic field and its amazing auroras, and connect this theme to the work of Tesla (who wished to use Earth’s magnetic field as a source of clean power) and Hannes Alfven, who pioneered research[...]
6:00 pm Sierra Club Monthly Meeting in I...
Sierra Club Monthly Meeting in I...
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Open to the public, in the Iona House.  To explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth.  The Calusa Group covers a four county area in SW Florida. For details of this month’s meeting, see http://calusanature.org/events
Dec
14
Thu
all-day Kids Laser Show 4 pm in planetarium
Kids Laser Show 4 pm in planetarium
Dec 14 all-day
Legends of the Night Sky laser shows: Perseus and Andromeda or Orion the Hunter on alternate days. Please purchase tickets online or by 3:45 at museum desk.
12:00 pm PN Noon show: “Secrets of the Sk...
PN Noon show: “Secrets of the Sk...
Dec 14 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Fun and imaginative short shows for families with children: a starry winter adventure!
1:15 pm Live Animal Presentation
Live Animal Presentation
Dec 14 @ 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 PN show 2: “Aurora Storm” and “S...
PN show 2: “Aurora Storm” and “S...
Dec 14 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
We will visit the Arctic and a space station orbiting Earth for these two short “aurora” shows. The long northern hemisphere nights make it easy to observe the aurora borealis — and solar activity is the key to auroral displays. Join us to watch and learn about these stunning light[...]

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.