April 22 Earth Day Program: All Hands On Deck!

Volunteer! Fun! Educational! All Hands on Deck for April 22 Earth Day! On APRIL 22, Start at 10:30 with a musical program celebrating trees and water with songs, movement, art and activities led by educator and musician Carolyn Stanley. All day long, we will be hosting Earth Day games, auction,[…]

Shhh… Something’s Coming… Something BIG…

Earth Day, April 22, 2017.  After the festivities of the day, there will be another adventure… EXPEDITION CALUSA! Revisit this page and details will emerge over the coming days…  

Monday April 10th is Florida’s Official Gopher Tortoise Day

Come in to the Center for tortoise-related activities, presentations, crafts, and games. Kids can wear a “shell” to learn to move like a tortoise. Remember, tortoise shells tend to be taller and “domed,” while turtle shells tend to be flatter (more elongated). Turtles tend to have good feet for swimming,[…]

Junior Naturalists Day (School is Closed) Monday, April 17th

Young people in grades 6-12 are invited to join the Junior Naturalists Program at Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium for a “Junior Naturalists Introduction Day” on Monday, April 17th, from 10 am – 2 pm (it’s a school holiday).

Sat. April 15th is Bunny Day! Photo Op, Duckie Search, Pet a Real Bunny!

We’re going funny for bunnies on Saturday, April 15th… instead of hunting for eggs, try hunting for rubber duckies for prizes! Pet a real bunny, buy a spring flowering plant to make your garden more beautiful, take a cute picture with the Easter Bunny, do bunny crafts, and basically have[…]

Lasers Are Back! Eight Days ONLY, March Laser Madness

Back by popular demand, this is a March Madness laser extravaganza… Shows at 7, 8, 9 and 10 pm on each of the evenings listed below. Tickets at the door: $10/adult/show.  Matinee kid-laser shows are M 3/20 – F 3/24 at 4 pm (see below). For full show descriptions, see[…]

Preschool Class: Tue Mar 14

Pre-school Class at CNCP – Reptiles and Amphibians — Fun preschool class includes a guided trail walk, a story, learning activities, and a craft. Please use the “RSVP Here” tab under “Contact” on our website (opens in new tab) to make sure your teacher is aware you are coming! Included[…]

Spring Break NatureLab! April 10 – 14 (day camps)

Learn and have fun in nature at Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium’s Spring Break NatureLab!  Ages 6-15. 8:30am-4pm with early drop-off (08:00) and after care available to 6 pm (added charge). M-F, April 10 – 14, 2017.  More details coming soon, online registration will open up very soon.

Preschool Class: Tue Feb 14, 10 – 11 am

Join Chris Kielmeyer’s monthly preschool discovery class. This month we are learning about Insects, Spiders and Bugs…  a guided trail hike, a story and a craft are included.  Ages 3-5.  To reserve your child’s position in this class, please use our “RSVP Here” form (link opens in new tab).

Asteroid “Rerun” Buzzed Earth and Moon last night

Jan 25th update from (opens in new tab)  An asteroid designated 2017 BX – found just days ago, on January 20 – passed between the Earth and moon on late Tuesday night according to clocks in the Americas. The asteroid’s closest approach was 11:45 EST on January 24, 2017[…]

Got Telescope? Pro-Am Comet Observing Opportunity starts in late January

Friday, January 13th, 2017 Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium Astronomy News Bulletin: Get in on the Pro-Am Comet Observing Action! Remember, the campaign starts later THIS MONTH: The actual page with details is at the Planetary Sciences Institute, here:

Preschool Class: “Mammals” Tue Jan. 10th 10:00 – 11:00

Join Chris Kielmeyer’s monthly preschool discovery class. This month we are learning about Mammals… Stories, Games, and a craft are included.  Ages 3-5. To reserve your child’s position in this class, please use our “RSVP Here” form (link opens in new tab).

Calusa Winter Day Camp starts Dec 26th

Registration is still open for Winter 2016 Day Camps — fill your child’s holiday with fun, nature, science, and hands-on creative activities at Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium: ten excellent themed day-camps offer lots of variety! Ages 5-12 (grades K-6; minimum age is 5 years). Calusa’s Winter Day Camp is[…]