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Jan
23
Tue
11:00 am Alligator Talk
Alligator Talk
Jan 23 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
We love our alligators! Come visit with them up close and personal. (Okay, behind the gate!) Our animal care expert will share all about alligators: their habit, diet, why they are important to the ecosystem, and how to protect them. Admission to this talk is free with your entrance fee.[...]
12:00 pm PN Noon show: “Distant Worlds: A...
PN Noon show: “Distant Worlds: A...
Jan 23 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
The night sky is a view of infinity. Does alien life exist out there? Nothing we can ask about the universe is so important for our understanding of the world. Distant Worlds – Alien Life examines the conditions needed for a habitable zone around a star, starting the journey with the example[...]
1:15 pm Live Animal Presentation
Live Animal Presentation
Jan 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 PN show 2: “Meteorites, Asteroid...
PN show 2: “Meteorites, Asteroid...
Jan 23 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
We have had several close meteoroidal visitors in recent months, including an interstellar asteroid! You probably remember that a large impact from a meteorite is believed to have caused an extinction-level event (ELE) that ended the era of large dinosaurs. This show tells you about that and many other impacts, and[...]
3:00 pm PN 3: “Solar System: Weather” pl...
PN 3: “Solar System: Weather” pl...
Jan 23 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Where in the solar system are there lakes of liquid methane? Where is it raining diamonds? See this show, and you will know! Each of our planetarium shows is preceded by a live orientation to SW Florida night skies (to get you dark-adapted!), so you will also learn some of[...]
Jan
24
Wed
12:00 pm PN Noon show: “Distant Worlds: A...
PN Noon show: “Distant Worlds: A...
Jan 24 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
The night sky is a view of infinity. Does alien life exist out there? Nothing we can ask about the universe is so important for our understanding of the world. Distant Worlds – Alien Life examines the conditions needed for a habitable zone around a star, starting the journey with the example[...]
1:15 pm Live Animal Presentation
Live Animal Presentation
Jan 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 PN show 2: “Meteorites, Asteroid...
PN show 2: “Meteorites, Asteroid...
Jan 24 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
We have had several close meteoroidal visitors in recent months, including an interstellar asteroid! You probably remember that a large impact from a meteorite is believed to have caused an extinction-level event (ELE) that ended the era of large dinosaurs. This show tells you about that and many other impacts, and[...]
2:30 pm Eagle Talk
Eagle Talk
Jan 24 @ 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Live raptor/bald eagle talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the McNew Pavilion.
3:00 pm PN 3: “Solar System: Weather” pl...
PN 3: “Solar System: Weather” pl...
Jan 24 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Where in the solar system are there lakes of liquid methane? Where is it raining diamonds? See this show, and you will know! Each of our planetarium shows is preceded by a live orientation to SW Florida night skies (to get you dark-adapted!), so you will also learn some of[...]
Jan
25
Thu
11:00 am Alligator Talk
Alligator Talk
Jan 25 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
We love our alligators! Come visit with them up close and personal. (Okay, behind the gate!) Our animal care expert will share all about alligators: their habit, diet, why they are important to the ecosystem, and how to protect them. Admission to this talk is free with your entrance fee.[...]
12:00 pm PN Noon show: “Distant Worlds: A...
PN Noon show: “Distant Worlds: A...
Jan 25 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
The night sky is a view of infinity. Does alien life exist out there? Nothing we can ask about the universe is so important for our understanding of the world. Distant Worlds – Alien Life examines the conditions needed for a habitable zone around a star, starting the journey with the example[...]
1:15 pm Live Animal Presentation
Live Animal Presentation
Jan 25 @ 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: “Meteorites, Asteroid...
PN show 2: “Meteorites, Asteroid...
Jan 25 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
We have had several close meteoroidal visitors in recent months, including an interstellar asteroid! You probably remember that a large impact from a meteorite is believed to have caused an extinction-level event (ELE) that ended the era of large dinosaurs. This show tells you about that and many other impacts, and[...]

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.