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[…]

Dog Wash Sunday 1 pm!

Bring your dog to Dog Day Sunday at Calusa Nature Center this Sunday, Feb. 15th and for a $5 donation the Calusa Venture Crew will wash that dog while you wait! A clean start on the new week 🙂

Interacting Galaxies – Wed Noon Talk at the Planetarium Feb 25th

Wednesday, February 25th, 12:00 – 12:45pm Planetarium Talk: Interacting Galaxies – Gravity never sleeps, and even galaxies are attracted to one another! Our Valentine’s theme continues with our planetarium director Heather Preston’s science talk and planetarium show on interacting galaxies — and their consequences… One of the interesting aspects of[…]

Manatees Special Presentation: Sirenia Project Fri 13th Feb 7-9pm

Friday, February 13th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm in the Planetarium Sirenia Project:  Biologist Susan Butler will present a program on the West Indian Manatee. Its life, its travels and its behaviors are fascinating as well as its anatomy and physiology and the DNA tracking now in progress. Susan has worked[…]

Barbecue and Bluegrass: Sun March 15th, 1 – 5 pm

Come on out to say farewell to some of our Gettin’ Picky band members with Barbecue & Bluegrass!  “Gettin’ Picky” will entertain with beautiful bluegrass tunes while smokin’ barbecue will complete the experience.  Dr. Bill Hammond will be on hand for storytelling and/or night trail walking.  Members: only $8, Non-members[…]

Public Talk on Exoplanets at Meeting of the SW Florida Astronomical Society

The SW Florida Astronomical Society meetings are open to the public.  Meetings are held in the Planetarium. Formed to educate the public, school children and scouts about the wonders of the night sky. Brief meeting is followed by the talk: Exoplanets: Hot, Cold, and Habitable, given by Prof. Derek Buzasi[…]

Wednesday Sneak Preview & Talk: “Black Holes: Monsters of the Cosmos”

Join our Planetarium Director Heather Preston in the planetarium at noon on Wednesday, January 7th for a presentation on black holes and a sneak preview of the black hole music video, “Monsters of the Cosmos.” Science-focused video artist John D. Boswell’s “Monsters of the Cosmos” features Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michio[…]

Moonlight Madness At CNCP!

Rediscover your wild side and join us for an evening of full moon fun. The planetarium will be open with NEW (yes!!!) moon-related shows, there will be viewing of the full moon through telescopes with help from the SWFL Astronomical Society and guided night hikes on our trails: come see[…]

About Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy, our January 2015 New Years comet

This month the northern hemisphere will finally get its turn to see Comet 2014/Q2 Lovejoy! Famous comet-hunting amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy has found several comets, so if you want to look up details you must use the 2014 date — the Q2 or “Lovejoy” with the date will work to[…]

“Freaks of Nature” take over Calusa Nature Center

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Some unwanted guests have arrived at the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium, as their annual haunted walk returns for the 30th year. Visitors can expect the fright of their life as they try and make their way through the swampy woods, taken over by strange, mutant[…]

Two friends reach across the river to help butterflies

Two long-time friends reached across the Caloosahatchee River and butterflies are better off because of their effort. When Mike Orchin of Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife heard Sue Scott of the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium wanted to restore the center’s rundown butterfly conservatory, it was almost instinctual for him[…]

Coyotes blamed in recent Cape Coral severed cat deaths

LEE COUNTY – Disturbing discoveries for people living in Cape Coral neighborhoods. “Residents had reported seeing parts of cats lying by the side of the road or lying in someone’s yard,” spokesperson for Lee County Domestic Animal Services Ria Brown, said. Click here for the complete article on  

Lee County Animal Control says Cape cat deaths caused by coyotes

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – Lee County Domestic Animal Services says three cases of severed cats were caused by coyotes. “What was reported was cat body parts so we didn’t know if this was foul play or an animal on animal attack,” Ria Brown, a Spokeswoman for Lee County Domestic Animal[…]

Press Release Butterfly Grand Re-Opening

Connecting people With Nature For Immediate Release: September 4, 2014 Grand Re-Opening of Butterfly Conservatory at Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium! Saturday, October 4th at 11am, Michael Orchin from the Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife will cut the red ribbon, and officially open the door of the conservatory for visitors.[…]