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[…]

Friday 31 July: “Blue Moon”

Did you know that a “Blue Moon” started out as a “Belewe Moon” (Traitor Moon) because it might falsely signal the end of the Lenten fast before Easter? Our Blue Moon announcement/story is in the News-Press:

NASA’s New Horizons Finds Second Mountain Range in Pluto’s “Heart”

We’ve been following the New Horizons encounter with Pluto from the Planetarium, showing the short animated newsreel “New Horizons for a Little Planet” daily at 1:30 before “Summer Stargazing,” and at the Planetarium’s Visitor Information Desk we have the “Two Sides of Pluto” images from the flyby posted along with[…]

Shorter Hours before our “Work Party” Closure!

It’s the rainy season! Accordingly, our Summer Hours are 10 – 3 Monday through Saturday and 11 – 3 on Sundays.  Remember, Calusa Nature Center will close for classroom and some exterior work from August 15th through September 12th OCTOBER 3rd,* so if you are planning a summer visit, the[…]

CNCP Newsletter: click here

Download (right-click and Save Link As, or left-click and open) our latest newsletter here: 2015 Summer Newsletter

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

This is our monthly one-hour Preschool Class with Chris Kielmeyer. 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[…]

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 (two shorter features and Groundswell Rising, an award-winning documentary[…]

Auroras seen as far south as Virginia

A “halo-type” Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) caused a geomagnetic storm classified G4 (very strong storm) Monday night (June 22-23, 2015), resulting in displays of auroras, or northern lights. Our planetarium shows “Solar Quest,” a short feature about CMEs: how they are monitored and how they can interact with Earth. The[…]