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[…]
On Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 pm in the Planetarium, the SW Florida Astronomical Society presents a talk by Prof. Derek Buzasi, the Whitaker Eminent Scholar in Science at Florida Gulf Coast University. Dr. Buzasi will introduce the “hot Jupiter problem” and discuss the ways various science groups have tried[…]
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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[…]
Spring Break Camp at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, The week of March 28- April 1 Join us at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium for our weeklong Spring Break Camp! Spring is a beautiful time of year here in SW Florida. Experience the exciting plants and animals that visit[…]
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[…]
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[…]
Find out about the Explorers and a great way to get out and do fun things in nature!
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[…]
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 –[…]
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,[…]
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[…]
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!
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 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[…]
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[…]
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!
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!
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.