“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[…]

Snakes & Dad: a Serious Snake Presentation for Fathers’ Day!

Saturday, June 20th from 11:00am-1:00pm:  Snakes & Dad  Stop by the center and celebrate an early Father’s Day to see a great show given by Jeremy Hargett. This is your opportunity to be in the room and even up close with a Cobra and other venomous snakes. Not our usual non-venomous-snake[…]

Summer Solstice at the Fulldome Movies: Sunday, June 21st 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Sunday, June 21st 4:00 – 6:00 pm Summer Solstice at the Fulldome Movies: Beat the Heat in our Planetarium and enjoy Solar Quest, Monsters of the Cosmos and other popular short features along with a main presentation that shows you some of the awesome forces that shape our planet! Starting[…]

A Tropical Celebration Under the Stars

Many Thanks to all who joined us for a Celebration Under the Tropical Stars At the historic HUT Restaurant and Peace Gardens, Saturday, May 30th 5:30 – 9:30 PM In addition to great music and food, we presented awards to people, businesses and organizations that share the Calusa Nature Center[…]

Sunday, April 26th at Noon: Journey Of The Universe

Sunday, April 26th at Noon: Journey Of The Universe An Epic Story of Cosmic, Earth, and Human Transformation Journey Film, Book, & Conversations are a collaboration of evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme and historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker. They weave a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, and biology[…]