Family Fun Day! Sat Nov 26th 11 am – 7:30 pm

Learn the ways of the wild — all day and into the twilight — with Dr. Bill Hammond and our volunteer interpreters. Activities, crafts, games, nature walks, storytelling and even nature-themed planetarium shows today!  Saturday, Nov 26th, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. — the twilight nature hike ends with storytelling[…]

Homeschool Class: K-1: Camouflage in the Natural World (TH Nov 3, 1 – 2:30 pm)

Why is a squirrel gray? Why do some bugs look like sticks? The answer to these questions is: “for camouflage!” For many animals, being able to hide in plain sight or look like something entirely different enables them to survive. Come learn all about it!  Our Grade-Specific Homeschool classes make[…]

Preschool Class: Astronomy and Space, Tue Nov 8, 10 a.m.

Fun preschool class includes a story, learning activities, a craft, and a short planetarium show.  Limited class size: reserve your child’s space.  Please use the “RSVP Here” tab on our website to make sure your teacher is aware you are coming!  Included with admission.

Everglades National Park Ranger Talk 10:30 Saturday July 30th

This is the 100th anniversary of our national parks system! Diana Douglass, a Ranger from Everglades National Park, will speak at 10:30 at Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium about the Everglades National Park — come celebrate our national “best idea” for preserving wild places for our children, grandchildren and future[…]

SW FL Astronomical Society June Meeting: Dark Matters…

The monthly meeting of the SW FLorida Astronomical Society at 7:30 pm on Thursday, June 2, 2016 will include a special screening of two complementary “Dark Matter” productions, “Dark Matter Mystery” (which enjoyed its North American premiere here at CNCP in March, 2016) followed by a 7-minute excerpt from “Dark[…]

Homeschool Classes: Program Begins

Please RSVP here (opens in new tab, so you can still see the scheduling information on this tab) to reserve your child’s place in one of our classes.

Heart-Healthy Hike 9 a.m. Wednesdays! (RSVP)

Help your heart be healthy! Looking to stay in shape, while enjoying a guided nature hike? Join us on Wednesday mornings at 9am for a Naturalist-led interpretive walk along one of our 3 trails. Cost is $5 for non-members and free for members. Anyone wishing to stay can use their[…]

Springs Eternal: The Exhibit. Mid-February through March, 2016

OUR WATER, OUR FUTURE: presentation 2/18 Thurs at 7 pm  to accompany opening of the exhibit.A program with Florida nature photographer John MoranCo-Director, Springs Eternal Project Once a source of awe, our springs are now a source of deep concern.  Although vital to the ecological and economic health of Florida, our[…]

Guided Night Trail Hike & Bonfire in New Firepit! 2nd & 4th Saturdays Monthly

Celebrate the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month with a guided Night Trail Hike, followed by a bonfire in our new Eagle-Scout-constructed firepit — guaranteed, you’ll want s’more!  Bring a lawn chair (musical instrument? Good story?) to fully enjoy the relaxing firepit after our hike. If it’s a mild[…]

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[…]

Sunday Bluegrass Jams are back!

Now in our third year of jamming to toe-tapping bluegrass standards, ballads, and gospel tunes, our Bluegrass Jam plays something for everyone. The group is dedicated to playing bluegrass and sharing it with others. And that means Sunday Bluegrass Jams on the Back Porch are back!  Sundays from 1 –[…]

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,[…]

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[…]

BasketWeaving — Back in June

Dick Workman has been invited to give a basketweaving workshop in mid-June at the Nature Center. Check this space for the exact date and time as June approaches!