Special Events

Special Events

April 22 Earth Day Program: All Hands On Deck!

Volunteer! Fun! Educational! All Hands on Deck for April 22 Earth Day! On APRIL 22, Start at 10:30 with a musical program celebrating trees and water with songs, movement, art and activities led by educator and musician Carolyn Stanley. All day long, we will be hosting Earth Day games, auction,[…]

Shhh… Something’s Coming… Something BIG…

Earth Day, April 22, 2017.  After the festivities of the day, there will be another adventure… EXPEDITION CALUSA! Revisit this page and details will emerge over the coming days…  

Monday April 10th is Florida’s Official Gopher Tortoise Day

Come in to the Center for tortoise-related activities, presentations, crafts, and games. Kids can wear a “shell” to learn to move like a tortoise. Remember, tortoise shells tend to be taller and “domed,” while turtle shells tend to be flatter (more elongated). Turtles tend to have good feet for swimming,[…]

Junior Naturalists Day (School is Closed) Monday, April 17th

Young people in grades 6-12 are invited to join the Junior Naturalists Program at Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium for a “Junior Naturalists Introduction Day” on Monday, April 17th, from 10 am – 2 pm (it’s a school holiday).

Sat. April 15th is Bunny Day! Photo Op, Duckie Search, Pet a Real Bunny!

We’re going funny for bunnies on Saturday, April 15th… instead of hunting for eggs, try hunting for rubber duckies for prizes! Pet a real bunny, buy a spring flowering plant to make your garden more beautiful, take a cute picture with the Easter Bunny, do bunny crafts, and basically have[…]

Lasers Are Back! Eight Days ONLY, March Laser Madness

Back by popular demand, this is a March Madness laser extravaganza… Shows at 7, 8, 9 and 10 pm on each of the evenings listed below. Tickets at the door: $10/adult/show.  Matinee kid-laser shows are M 3/20 – F 3/24 at 4 pm (see below). For full show descriptions, see[…]

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[…]

Sketch the Moon with Astronomical League President John J Goss!

SW Florida Astronomical Society pleased to announce that John Jardine Goss, Astronomical League President will be speaking at our Thursday November 3rd meeting at the Calusa Nature Center Planetarium in Fort Myers at 7:30pm.  The meeting is free and open to anyone interested in astronomy. Join us as John presents[…]

Friendly Forest Fall Festival

Saturday and Sunday, Oct 8 and 9th, join us for the “young ones” celebration of fall, the Friendly Forest Fall Festival. No scary stuff, only fun: games, crafts, nature walk, special guests, special planetarium show and treats! We open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and at 11 a.m. on Sunday. […]

Haunted Walk 32: Oct 21-31, 2016. “Fear Is A Place”

Experience Haunted Walk 32: Fear Is A Place. Oct 21 – 31, 2016.  Gates open nightly at 7:30 pm. Gates close at 9:30 pm weeknights but later on weekend nights (Fri, Sat) Scary: NOT recommended for children under 16!

Return to Nature — a Benefit Evening with Emmy-Award-Winning Cinematographer

Saturday, October 1st, encounter cinematographer Andy Brandy Casagrande, Calusa animal ambassadors, and cocktails and chef’s selections in the “Concept Home” of Dwayne Bergmann Interiors. This is a fundraising gala complete with silent and live auctions, a presentation by Emmy-winning Discovery Channel cinematographer and producer, and nature! Click here for tickets[…]

Geo-caching Sites on our Grounds

The following geo-caching sites are located on our grounds:   Squirrel Street: N26 37.031  W081 48.776  <– available publicly from 10 – 4 M-Sat and from 11 – 4 Sundays. All others are within the Nature Center admission-required area. Skunk Way: N26 36.906  W081 48.827 Raccoon Run: N26 36.950  W081[…]

Healthy Pet Festival Sunday August 7th, 2016

Sunday, August 7th,  11:30-3:30 – Healthy Pet Festival *** Join us at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium to Celebrate our furry and not so furry pets.  We will have representatives from the Animal Refuge Center, The Calusa Herpetological Society, The Fort Myers Aquarium Society, K-Nine Connections Behavioral Dog Training,[…]