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

  • Preschool Class, Tue. July 21st 10 am: Meet Trouper the Raccoon!

    Preschool Class, Tue. July 21st 10 am: Meet Trouper the Raccoon!

    This is our monthly one-hour Preschool Class with Chris Kilmeyer. This month, you get to meet Trouper the blind Raccoon. Hear the amazing story of his rescue and his job as an animal ambassador! It would help Chris a lot to know how many people are coming, so please use the "RSVP Form" at upper right to let us know, or call the main desk at (239) 275-3435 and say how many people in your group will attend the Preschool class (children and adults). Thanks, and see you there!
  • Sierra Club Evening: Green Films, Cocktails and Conversation coming Saturday July 25th

    Sierra Club Evening: Green Films, Cocktails and Conversation coming Saturday July 25th

    Mark your calendar for the Sierra Club Green Screenings with Cocktails and Conversation. Saturday evening, July 25th we will meet in the Planetarium for a Sierra Club free event (donations requested for drinks and such). There will be three "green" features plus the cocktails and conversation time... check back as the date approaches for more details on our calendar, on our Events page (July calendar will appear there at the end of June) and in this post!

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.