Preschool Class: “Mammals” Tue Jan. 10th 10:00 – 11:00

Join Chris Kielmeyer’s monthly preschool discovery class. This month we are learning about Mammals… Stories, Games, and a craft are included.  Ages 3-5. To reserve your child’s position in this class, please use our “RSVP Here” form (link opens in new tab).

SWFAS Talk 1/5 7:30 pm: Big Cypress Dark Skies and Star Parties

On Thursday, January 5th. at 7:30 pm in the Planetarium, SW Florida Astronomical Society will host a speaker from the National Park Service/Big Cypress National Preserve. Big Cypress just earned official Dark Sky Park status. Luke Gommermann, who has been spearheading the program, was to speak, but he just got[…]

Calusa Winter Day Camp starts Dec 26th

Registration is still open for Winter 2016 Day Camps — fill your child’s holiday with fun, nature, science, and hands-on creative activities at Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium: ten excellent themed day-camps offer lots of variety! Ages 5-12 (grades K-6; minimum age is 5 years). Calusa’s Winter Day Camp is[…]

Preschool Class: “Our Five Senses” in Nature! Tue Dec 13th, 10 am

Join Chris Kielmeyer’s monthly preschool discovery class. This month we are using our five senses on a Nature Hike! Stories, Games, and the Nature Hike. To reserve your child’s position in this class, please user our “RSVP Here” form (link opens in new tab).

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[…]