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[…]

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.

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.

Saw Palmetto Frond Basket Weaving

Sunday, April 19th 11:00am – 1:00pm: Twining and Palm Weaving It’s back! Basket weaving, palmetto brushes, twining and palm weaving. Learn great things to make with those palm fronds! PLEASE call the Calusa Nature Center to RSVP, this event will only be held if there are people planning to attend.[…]