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[…]

Preschool Class: “Our Five Senses” in Nature! Tue Dec 13th, 10 am

Join Chris Kielmeyer’s monthly preschool discovery class. This month we are using our five senses on a Nature Hike! Stories, Games, and the Nature Hike. To reserve your child’s position in this class, please user our “RSVP Here” form (link opens in new tab).

Family Fun Day! Sat Nov 26th 11 am – 7:30 pm

Learn the ways of the wild — all day and into the twilight — with Dr. Bill Hammond and our volunteer interpreters. Activities, crafts, games, nature walks, storytelling and even nature-themed planetarium shows today!  Saturday, Nov 26th, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. — the twilight nature hike ends with storytelling[…]

Homeschool Class: K-1: Camouflage in the Natural World (TH Nov 3, 1 – 2:30 pm)

Why is a squirrel gray? Why do some bugs look like sticks? The answer to these questions is: “for camouflage!” For many animals, being able to hide in plain sight or look like something entirely different enables them to survive. Come learn all about it!  Our Grade-Specific Homeschool classes make[…]

Sketch the Moon with Astronomical League President John J Goss!

SW Florida Astronomical Society pleased to announce that John Jardine Goss, Astronomical League President will be speaking at our Thursday November 3rd meeting at the Calusa Nature Center Planetarium in Fort Myers at 7:30pm.  The meeting is free and open to anyone interested in astronomy. Join us as John presents[…]

Friendly Forest Fall Festival

Saturday and Sunday, Oct 8 and 9th, join us for the “young ones” celebration of fall, the Friendly Forest Fall Festival. No scary stuff, only fun: games, crafts, nature walk, special guests, special planetarium show and treats! We open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and at 11 a.m. on Sunday. […]

Haunted Walk 32: Oct 21-31, 2016. “Fear Is A Place”

Experience Haunted Walk 32: Fear Is A Place. Oct 21 – 31, 2016.  Gates open nightly at 7:30 pm. Gates close at 9:30 pm weeknights but later on weekend nights (Fri, Sat) Scary: NOT recommended for children under 16!

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: Thank you.

Return to Nature — a Benefit Evening with Emmy-Award-Winning Cinematographer

Saturday, October 1st, encounter cinematographer Andy Brandy Casagrande, Calusa animal ambassadors, and cocktails and chef’s selections in the “Concept Home” of Dwayne Bergmann Interiors. This is a fundraising gala complete with silent and live auctions, a presentation by Emmy-winning Discovery Channel cinematographer and producer, and nature! Click here for tickets[…]

Aquarium Society 1st Annual Swap Meet! Sat Oct 8, 6 pm, Iona House

The Fort Myers Aquarium Society is excited to host its first Annual Swap Meet! Local aquarium hobbyists will have live fish available to purchase as well as new and used equipment to buy/swap and more… this is a great opportunity to meet others in this awesome hobby. You never know[…]

Geo-caching Sites on our Grounds

The following geo-caching sites are located on our grounds:   Squirrel Street: N26 37.031  W081 48.776  <– available publicly from 10 – 4 M-Sat and from 11 – 4 Sundays. All others are within the Nature Center admission-required area. Skunk Way: N26 36.906  W081 48.827 Raccoon Run: N26 36.950  W081[…]