Manatees! Sirenia Project at the Planetarium, Fri Jan 22, 7 – 9 pm

Sirenia Project, Friday Jan 22, 7-9 pm:  Biologist Susan Butler of the National Sirenia Project will present a program on the West Indian Manatee. Its life, its travels and its behaviors are fascinating — and so are its anatomy and physiology and the DNA tracking now in progress. Susan has[…]

Winter Camps are In — Book Now!

Winter Day Camps are here! Fun for kids grades K-6!!! A different nature or science theme for each day! December 21- Know the Rockin’ Reptiles Why does a snake shed its skin?  Does a turtle have teeth?  Learn the answers to these questions and so much more.  Through hands on[…]

“Santa at the Nature Center” Event Sat. Dec 12, 6 – 8 pm

Announcing a Special Event for the whole family! Santa at the Center! Join us at the Calusa Nature Center on Saturday, December 12 from 6pm to 8pm — We will be offering refreshments, holiday nature crafts, animals, a Seasonal Planetarium Show, and of course a picture with that nature-loving fellow[…]

Angel Tree 2015 is up…

We are participating in the 2015 Angel Tree program, come on in and “adopt an angel” to give a child some holiday cheer! Make sure you take the instruction flyer if you take one of the angels from the tree: to take one is to make a commitment to provide[…]

Dog Day Afternoons! Every Sunday, 12-3 pm

It’s the return of Dog Day Afternoons! Bring your dog(s) to CNCP on Sundays between noon and 3:00 pm to walk the trails with you. The cost is $5 per human. Your dog(s) must be on a leash. They are not permitted to visit the museum, animals, or butterfly enclosure.[…]

BSA Celebration Today

Calusa Crew (our high-school-aged volunteer group that did such a scarily great job on Haunted Walk) is organized under the aegis of the Boy Scouts of America. They (BSA) are having a celebration and gathering today (not here at the nature center) and wanted us to give them a shout[…]

Telescope Renaissance Night, Nov 5th 7 – 9 pm

Telescope Renaissance Night: Thursday November 5th 7:00 pm Calusa Nature Center Planetarium This is the SW Florida Astronomical Society’s annual Telescope Renaissance Night!  If you have a telescope with which you need a bit of help (how to setup/use, cleaning, alignment, minor repairs etc.) bring it out to the Planetarium[…]

Friendly Forest Welcomes You!

Be sure to wear your costume and receive a treat. No tricks! Saturday and Sunday, October 24th and 25th, 11am until 4pm. Animal shows every hour, special crafts and games, special planetarium shows every half-hour (in addition to our noon and 1:30 pm “normally scheduled” planetarium shows) including two opportunities[…]

Home-Scale Gourmet and Medicinal Mushroom Farming — An Introduction, Oct 24th

Home-Scale Gourmet and Medicinal Mushroom Farming 9 am – 4 pm An Introduction to Mushroom Cultivation Methods and Techniques ~~6-hour presentation and hands-on workshop in the Iona House~~ Presenter/Facilitator: Benjamin Dion Founder, Southwest Florida Mycological Society Pictured above: Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus spp.) fruiting on pasteurized wheat straw. This presentation and[…]

River of Grass Greenway Talk 7:30 Oct 14th

Join the Sierra Club at 7:30, after their monthly 6:00 business meeting at the Iona House at Calusa Nature Center, for a special program with Betty Osceola, organizer for Walk for Mother Earth and member of the Miccosukee tribe. Betty is a great storyteller and incredible advocate for our environment.[…]

Junior League Sustainer Reunion and CNCP Benefit Reception

JL Sustainer Reunion, Reception, Video at the Planetarium – Thurs Oct 15th 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm The Junior League of Fort Myers, Inc. invites all of its current and past sustainer members to a Sustainer Reunion to benefit the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium. Held in the Planetarium, there[…]

We Scare Because We Care…!!!

This year’s theme for Haunted Walk is Freak Show… kind of a cinema classic / TV sensation. Join the crew and alarm the populace in a responsible manner (orientation is a must for this volunteer opportunity!), with free food provided by local restaurants for the scarers, security and support personnel.[…]

Preschool Class: Camouflaged Critters and Animal Disguises!

Parents and preschoolers, join Chris Kielmeyer in learning about Nature’s version of a Halloween disguise — critters that have markings that make them look like other (usually scarier) critters, or that make them seem to disappear into their surroundings!  Stories, games, crafts, and a fun time with nature!  Oct 20,[…]

9/27: Lunar Eclipse Moonlit Garden Tour at Edison Ford: Discount for CNCP Members

EDISON FORD MOONLIGHT GARDENS TOUR ON SEPTEMBER 27 SUPER HARVEST MOON AND LUNAR ECLIPSE        Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers, FL – The Harvest Moon on September 27-28 will be quite a phenomenon this year, appearing larger and brighter than usual immediately before and after passing through a[…]

“Freakshow” denizens set to invade Calusa Nature Center

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Some unwanted guests are massing in their secret lair, preparing to arrive at the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium, as their annual Haunted Walk returns for the 31st horrifying year. Tickets go on sale Monday, October 12th… Haunted Walk Preview Weekend is Friday-Saturday, Oct 16-17, then[…]

Sept 19th 7-9 pm: International Observe the Moon Night

Join the SW Florida Astronomical Society and the Calusa Nature Center Planetarium for the “waxing gibbous” event (on a “nearly first quarter” moon), International Observe the Moon Night, Saturday Sept 19, 2015.  Members of SWFAS will have telescopes available for close-up views and will be on hand to give you[…]

Space News: Send Your Name to Mars! Limited Time Offer…

Aug 18, 2015:  Mars enthusiasts around the world can participate in NASA’s journey to Mars by adding their names to a silicon microchip headed to the Red Planet aboard NASA’s InSight Mars lander, scheduled to launch next year.  Submissions will be accepted until Sept. 8. To send your name to[…]