Special Events

Special Events

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[…]

Aviary Appeal is Online

The video below explains why the Aviary Appeal is so urgent — construction must begin within only a short time or the aviary’s birds will be taken away. Please help the birds – and help us create a wonderful experience for the birds and for everyone who visits them! The[…]

Naturally Twisted: An Evening with Mark Renz and Fossils

Photographer and Author Mark Renz presents images from his book, “Naturally Twisted – A Wild Look at the Wild” Wednesday, Feb. 10th at 7:30 pm in the planetarium. Sponsored by Sierra Club Calusa Group and CNCP, celebrated local naturalist/photographer/poet and Fossil Expert Mark Renz will present programs that will entertain[…]

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[…]

Sun Jan 31, 12:30 pm: Rally for Clean Water!

A collaborative event with Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation – A Rally for Tally for Clean Water, with a Bluegrass and country/western celebration on the porch.  Musician Austin Church will be on the porch with the bluegrass session and artist Xavier Cortada will be showing small reproductions of his large works[…]

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[…]

“Santa at the Nature Center” Event Sat. Dec 12, 6 – 8 pm

Announcing a Special Event for the whole family! Santa at the Center! Join us at the Calusa Nature Center on Saturday, December 12 from 6pm to 8pm — We will be offering refreshments, holiday nature crafts, animals, a Seasonal Planetarium Show, and of course a picture with that nature-loving fellow[…]

BSA Celebration Today

Calusa Crew (our high-school-aged volunteer group that did such a scarily great job on Haunted Walk) is organized under the aegis of the Boy Scouts of America. They (BSA) are having a celebration and gathering today (not here at the nature center) and wanted us to give them a shout[…]

Friendly Forest Welcomes You!

Be sure to wear your costume and receive a treat. No tricks! Saturday and Sunday, October 24th and 25th, 11am until 4pm. Animal shows every hour, special crafts and games, special planetarium shows every half-hour (in addition to our noon and 1:30 pm “normally scheduled” planetarium shows) including two opportunities[…]

Home-Scale Gourmet and Medicinal Mushroom Farming — An Introduction, Oct 24th

Home-Scale Gourmet and Medicinal Mushroom Farming 9 am – 4 pm An Introduction to Mushroom Cultivation Methods and Techniques ~~6-hour presentation and hands-on workshop in the Iona House~~ Presenter/Facilitator: Benjamin Dion Founder, Southwest Florida Mycological Society Pictured above: Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus spp.) fruiting on pasteurized wheat straw. This presentation and[…]