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  • Go WILD for Lasers – Ten Days in May! Wed 5/18 – Sat 5/28, 2016

    Go WILD for Lasers – Ten Days in May! Wed 5/18 – Sat 5/28, 2016

    Only Ten Days in May, this is a fundraiser and “trial balloon” — if you like laser shows, definitely let us know!  All seats are $10/show. Early evening shows on W, Th, and later shows as well on Fri, Sat. Saturday MIDNIGHT shows!  Online seat sales: click here
  • Summer Camp is ready for Online Registration!

    Summer Camp is ready for Online Registration!

    Head over to our Calusa Camp page to register for one or all of the seven amazing weeks of Summer Camp coming up!
  • Use Amazon Smile and Feed the Critters!

    Use Amazon Smile and Feed the Critters!

    If you have online shopping to do, why not make your money go even farther and feed the animals at the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium? Just use this link to shop: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7090889 Thank you.

Upcoming Events

May
18
Wed
all-day Go Wild for Lasers for TEN DAYS ...
Go Wild for Lasers for TEN DAYS ...
May 18 – May 28 all-day
20 Laser shows! See calusanature.org/laser-shows/ for details and to buy tickets.
May
28
Sat
9:00 pm Laser Pink Floyd – vote!
Laser Pink Floyd – vote!
May 28 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Description & Tickets: http://calusanature.org/laser-shows/
10:00 pm ElectroLaze (EDM, Dutch House…)
ElectroLaze (EDM, Dutch House…)
May 28 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Description & Tickets: http://calusanature.org/laser-shows/  Vote here for Final Show!
11:00 pm Laseropolis — and vote!
Laseropolis — and vote!
May 28 @ 11:00 pm – May 29 @ 12:00 am
Vote for your favorite midnight laser show! If you’re here, your vote will carry a LOT of weight! Description & Tickets: http://calusanature.org/laser-shows/
11:45 pm Saturday Midnight Finale Laser Show
Saturday Midnight Finale Laser Show
May 28 @ 11:45 pm – May 29 @ 12:45 am
This is it — whether you voted or just decided to let the winds of music carry you to this midnight show, you can puchase your seat for the finale of Go Wild for Lasers: Ten Days In May at: http://calusanature.org/laser-shows/
May
29
Sun
12:00 pm Planetarium: (HELD OVER) “Flight...
Planetarium: (HELD OVER) “Flight...
May 29 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Noon show: “Flight Adventures” (20 min) — a fun, kid-friendly show which engages children and families in the history and science of flight. From SpaceQuest Planetarium, this lighthearted-but-accurate show was funded by a NASA educational grant. Also showing: a beautiful trailer on the history of mankind’s dreams of flight. Each show[...]
1:00 pm Live Animal Presentation
Live Animal Presentation
May 29 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
A live animal demonstration is given daily at 1 pm, usully in the main building of the Nature Center. Meet giant friendly snakes and other lovely critters — each week is different!
1:30 pm Planetarium: (NEW) “NASA’s Inter...
Planetarium: (NEW) “NASA’s Inter...
May 29 @ 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
1:30 – “NASA’s International Space Station” (NEW) plus “Back to the Moon for Good” (Google Lunar X-Prize)  In 1998, assembly began in space on a satellite that would be second in size and radiance only to the Moon…NASA’s International Space Station. Today NASA and the International Space Station invite you[...]
2:30 pm Planetarium: “Exoplanets” (2015)...
Planetarium: “Exoplanets” (2015)...
May 29 @ 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
2:30 Mystery Tour: “Exoplanets” or “Spring Stargazing” or “potluck!” (30 min)  This is our last show of the day, so if the audience is small, you can choose your own show from several that our  planetarium person can describe for you!  If we have a large audience, the planetarium staffer[...]
May
30
Mon
12:00 pm Planetarium: (HELD OVER) “Flight...
Planetarium: (HELD OVER) “Flight...
May 30 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Noon show: “Flight Adventures” (20 min) — a fun, kid-friendly show which engages children and families in the history and science of flight. From SpaceQuest Planetarium, this lighthearted-but-accurate show was funded by a NASA educational grant. Also showing: a beautiful trailer on the history of mankind’s dreams of flight. Each show[...]
1:00 pm Live Animal Presentation
Live Animal Presentation
May 30 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
A live animal demonstration is given daily at 1 pm, usully in the main building of the Nature Center. Meet giant friendly snakes and other lovely critters — each week is different!
1:30 pm Planetarium: (NEW) “NASA’s Inter...
Planetarium: (NEW) “NASA’s Inter...
May 30 @ 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
1:30 – “NASA’s International Space Station” (NEW) plus “Back to the Moon for Good” (Google Lunar X-Prize)  In 1998, assembly began in space on a satellite that would be second in size and radiance only to the Moon…NASA’s International Space Station. Today NASA and the International Space Station invite you[...]
2:30 pm Planetarium: “Exoplanets” (2015)...
Planetarium: “Exoplanets” (2015)...
May 30 @ 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
2:30 Mystery Tour: “Exoplanets” or “Spring Stargazing” or “potluck!” (30 min)  This is our last show of the day, so if the audience is small, you can choose your own show from several that our  planetarium person can describe for you!  If we have a large audience, the planetarium staffer[...]
May
31
Tue
12:00 pm Planetarium: (HELD OVER) “Flight...
Planetarium: (HELD OVER) “Flight...
May 31 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Noon show: “Flight Adventures” (20 min) — a fun, kid-friendly show which engages children and families in the history and science of flight. From SpaceQuest Planetarium, this lighthearted-but-accurate show was funded by a NASA educational grant. Also showing: a beautiful trailer on the history of mankind’s dreams of flight. Each show[...]
1:00 pm Live Animal Presentation
Live Animal Presentation
May 31 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
A live animal demonstration is given daily at 1 pm, usully 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.

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.