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  • Spring Into Nature Camp Registration is Open

    Spring Into Nature Camp Registration is Open

    Education and Fun Go Naturally Together in our Nature-based Camps! Click on the Flyer to see a larger version, and click here to register for camp!Read More »
  • Creepy Crawlie Day!

    Creepy Crawlie Day!

    Our Annual Creepy Crawlie Day and National Honor K9 Veterans Day: honor the dogs and their hard-working officers who help to keep our community safe every day! Click flyer image for larger viewRead More »
  • New: Wellness Membership

    New: Wellness Membership

    Introducing the Calusa Wellness Program, designed to connect you to yourself, to nature, and to a community of like-minded individuals. Included in Wellness Membership is yoga, wellness seminars, and guided nature walks. Yoga is $15 to drop in. But, members can purchase a pack of 8 classes for $80 or[...]Read More »

Upcoming Events

Feb
18
Sun
10:00 am Yoga in Nature – a Calusa Welln...
Yoga in Nature – a Calusa Welln...
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Yoga in Nature  - a Calusa Wellness Series offering
Come experience the beauty of Yoga in Nature. Sue Persia, a certified yoga instructor leads the class through a series of gentle, relaxing yoga postures. Afterward, feel free to stay for an optional short meditation or enjoy a nature walk on the trails. A truly relaxing experience. The class is[...]
11:00 am Alligator Talk
Alligator Talk
Feb 18 @ 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: “Discovering Other...
PN Noon show: “Discovering Other...
Feb 18 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Discovering Other Worlds: Searching for Planets Beyond Our Solar System covers the methods by which scientists have discovered exoplanets, and the amazing advance in that capability brought about by the Kepler and COROT satellite observatories — and soon, by TESS! (TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is a new planet-finding[...]
1:15 pm Live Animal Presentation
Live Animal Presentation
Feb 18 @ 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: “Phantom of the Unive...
PN show 2: “Phantom of the Unive...
Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Tilda Swinton is your narrator for this energetic new (2017) look at dark matter and the amazing machines set to detect — or create — it! From riding the stream of relativistic protons racing through the world’s largest particle collider in Europe to up-close views of the Big Bang and[...]
3:00 pm PN 3: “African Sky Lore” plus “W...
PN 3: “African Sky Lore” plus “W...
Feb 18 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
In “African Sky Lore,” Follow the early African civilizations as they observe the night skies: leading us all into a contemplation of the vast universe around us, from the first home of mankind! PLUS: “Winter Stargazing” is a classic star-hopping show that introduces the audience to the constellations and some[...]
Feb
19
Mon
11:00 am Butterfly Talk
Butterfly Talk
Feb 19 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Butterfly Talk
Join us in the new Butterfly Garden at Calusa Nature Center for a fun, informative talk about butterflies! You will learn all about the butterfly life cycle, which species are native to Florida, and how we all can protect butterflies and their habitat. This talk is free with your paid[...]
12:00 pm PN Noon show: “Discovering Other...
PN Noon show: “Discovering Other...
Feb 19 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Discovering Other Worlds: Searching for Planets Beyond Our Solar System covers the methods by which scientists have discovered exoplanets, and the amazing advance in that capability brought about by the Kepler and COROT satellite observatories — and soon, by TESS! (TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is a new planet-finding[...]
1:15 pm Live Animal Presentation
Live Animal Presentation
Feb 19 @ 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: “Phantom of the Unive...
PN show 2: “Phantom of the Unive...
Feb 19 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Tilda Swinton is your narrator for this energetic new (2017) look at dark matter and the amazing machines set to detect — or create — it! From riding the stream of relativistic protons racing through the world’s largest particle collider in Europe to up-close views of the Big Bang and[...]
2:30 pm Eagle Talk
Eagle Talk
Feb 19 @ 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Live raptor/bald eagle talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the McNew Pavilion.
3:00 pm PN 3: “African Sky Lore” plus “W...
PN 3: “African Sky Lore” plus “W...
Feb 19 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
In “African Sky Lore,” Follow the early African civilizations as they observe the night skies: leading us all into a contemplation of the vast universe around us, from the first home of mankind! PLUS: “Winter Stargazing” is a classic star-hopping show that introduces the audience to the constellations and some[...]
Feb
20
Tue
11:00 am Alligator Talk
Alligator Talk
Feb 20 @ 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: “Discovering Other...
PN Noon show: “Discovering Other...
Feb 20 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Discovering Other Worlds: Searching for Planets Beyond Our Solar System covers the methods by which scientists have discovered exoplanets, and the amazing advance in that capability brought about by the Kepler and COROT satellite observatories — and soon, by TESS! (TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is a new planet-finding[...]
1:15 pm Live Animal Presentation
Live Animal Presentation
Feb 20 @ 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!

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. The Iona House, our historic woodland schoolhouse and meeting space, is also the home of the Woodland Nature Montessori School.

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.