Special Events

Special Events

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,[…]

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[…]

Go WILD for Lasers – Ten Days in May! Wed 5/18 – Sat 5/28, 2016

Only Ten Days in May, this is a fundraiser and “trial balloon” — if you like laser shows, definitely let us know!  All seats are $10/show. Early evening shows on W, Th, and later shows as well on Fri, Sat. Saturday MIDNIGHT shows!  Online seat sales: click here

Earth Day Activities: Fri April 22 All Day

Earth Day Friday April 22nd all day (10 am – 4 pm) Earth Day-themed demonstrations and crafts on our back porch “Off-menu” special planetarium show for Earth Day  

Earth Day * Full Moon * Drum Circle — All Day and Into the Evening Fun!

Saturday, April 23rd  7:00 – 9:00pm   Celebrate Earth Day and the Full Moon with a Crepuscular Hike, Bonfire and Drum Circle! It’s a trifecta of fun in nature! Learn about how our Florida wildlife survives during the twilight, and which critters prefer the night time.  Enjoy a Naturalist-led hike through[…]

Creepy Crawly Day, Saturday March 19th, 11 – 3… They’re Baaaaaack! :-)

Co-sponsored by the Calusa Herpetological Society: learn about things that slither and slime, or click and clack with chitin! Creepy Crawly crafts, animals, activities, and snacks to sample and purchase. Try the ant candy or the fire-roasted jalapeno bugs! Special planetarium presentations on “buggy” themes… Included with regular admission, this[…]

Dr. Goodvibes’ Multiversity – a STEAM Entertainment March 25th, 7 pm

Modern physics and the theory of parallel universes bewildering you? “Doctor GoodVibes” & “Dean Smiley” are Ambassadors of the Multiverse, sent from GoodVibes Multiversity to help prepare humans for their coming awakening to “The Multiverse,” the next REALLY big thing! Using wild visuals and wacky music, GOODVIBES MULTIVERSITY explores the[…]