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[…]

Winter Camp 2014 (now with link to 2015)

NOTE/UPDATE: For Winter Camp 2015, see this link. Winter 2014: It isn’t snow but it is animals, hikes, games, crafts, and planetarium shows! This event ends Jan 2nd. $40 per day, Members: $30 per day. Download the sign up form!

Hikes for Tykes

We provide a guided hike designed for little ones, parents come too! It’s never too early to get children used to hiking in the woods. It’s not scary and there’s lots to see, hear, touch, taste and smell!

Crafts for Critters

Come on out and learn about new nature crafts.  Guest instructors will demonstrate a variety of crafts for all ages and abilities. Our new program “Crafters for Critters” will offer regular classes and encourage local crafters to sell their items in our gift shop.

“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.[…]

Living With Wildlife, presented by Dee Century from SCCF

Learning to live in harmony with SW Florida’s unique insects, birds, mammals and other wildlife is easy when you understand, know and respect them.  Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation’s own Dee Century will explain with pictures and video. FREE with paid admission, in the planetarium.

SWFL Native Plants with Sheryl Terepeka

SW Florida has so many wonderful native plants perfect for our tough weather and soil conditions. These plants also provide shelter, food, clothing, medicine and more! Class ends with a visit to the Butterfly Conservatory for native plant identification.  FREE with paid admission.  In the planetarium.

Space Racers Program – Dec. 16th

Monthly Space Racers program December 16th, 2014 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM For all children ages 3-8 At the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium 3450 Ortiz Ave., Ft. Myers, FL 33905 This program will include a Space Racer’s TV segment, concept instruction, and a hands-on activity for the children. Members[…]

Florida Friendly Landscaping Class

Lee County Master Gardeners and Cape Coral Historical Museum volunteers Carolyn & Vanessa will show us the easy way to garden in SWFL.  Just add native plants, kick the chemical habit and you are on your way.  They also have great ideas on creating pathways and utilizing softscape to create your own[…]

Safe Boating Class

Having fun on our waterways requires safety. Vic Stewart from the local Power Squadron offers an introductory class with interactive disc and materials to take home. FREE with paid admission. Ages 10 and older only.

Walk Where The Gators Swim

It’s not everyday you get to see an alligator, let alone walk into their habitat. However Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. you have the chance to do just that. Read more here: