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!

Fracking and Florida: Wed. May 13th at 7 pm

At the Sierra Club Calusa monthly meeting, Brian Lee, one of the founders of ReThink Energy Florida, will present a workshop called “Fracking and Florida.” He will use results from the latest scientific studies to educate Floridians on what fracking is, the health threat it poses, how current state policy[…]

April 29th 10:00am – 12:30pm: Butterfly Conservation and Ecology

April 29th 10:00am – 12:30pm: Butterfly Conservation and Ecology The butterfly program will include a short classroom presentation on conservation issues with a biodiversity theme. Following the slide show participants will visit the butterfly conservatory to learn more about butterflies of southwest Florida and their identification. A short hike on[…]

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[…]

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.