16 September 7 pm: Sierra Club Speaker: Distinguished Wildlife Photographer and Wildlife Advocate, Larry AllanThe Sierra Club Calusa Chapter will host an evening in the Planetarium with a distinguished speaker, noted wildlife photographer and wildlife advocate, Larry Allan. Dr. Allan's animal photography has been used in advertising, corporate logos and packaging, in books, magazines, calendars, greeting cards, annual reports and other printed media, and in television and motion pictures worldwide. He won the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award in 2005. This special evening begins at 7 pm on Wednesday, September 16.
We've been following the New Horizons encounter with Pluto from the Planetarium, showing the short animated newsreel "New Horizons for a Little Planet" daily at 1:30 before "Summer Stargazing," and at the Planetarium's Visitor Information Desk we have the "Two Sides of Pluto" images from the flyby posted along with a pre-encounter diorama made by SWFAS member Carol Morin. So we were really interested to hear about all of the evidence that's been piling up indicating a very recent large impact in the Pluto system. Here's the latest piece of the puzzle: “A newly discovered mountain range lies near the…
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Welcome to the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium
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 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 a skunk, a raccoon, fox, Butterfly Aviary, and an Audubon Aviary which houses permanently injured birds of prey (hawks, vultures, bald eagles, owls and more!).
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.
The stars are always out in our Planetarium, the only public-accessible planetarium south of Bradenton and west of the Miami! Check the Planetarium pages for astronomical happenings and other special events.
Our Museum, Planetarium and large portions of our nature trails are accessible to people with disabilities.
Our Gift Shop has a wide variety of natural history merchandise for all ages, from books to jewelry. 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 utilized by numerous 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 5pm fall, winter and spring and on Sunday from 11am to 5pm. 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 Museum, Butterfly Aviary, Trails, 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 which entitles members to free admission for a year and many other special prices on programs and discounts in the gift store. We welcome new volunteers; please call 239-275-3435 to schedule an orientation.
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, and the West Coast Inland Navigation District.