Special Events

Special Events

Navigating the Big Water: FPAN Lecture Wed. Night, 7 p.m.

FPAN lecture – Navigating the Big Water: The Maritime Archaeology of the Caloosahatchee and Okeechobee Regions. This lecture examines the historic and prehistoric use and manipulation of the Caloosahatchee River and Lake Okeechobee by humans.  It also highlights the craft used for travel and fishing over time. Presented by Melissa[…]

Wednesday Noon Talk Apr 15th at the Planetarium

Wednesday, April 15th at Noon: Auroras: Light Shows from Earth’s Cosmic Shield Pretty AND educational, auroras (“Northern Lights” or “Southern Lights”) are part of our natural planetary defense system. Join our planetarium director Heather Preston in learning about Earth’s protection from cosmic rays and from solar storms. What makes auroras?[…]

Talk: Public Lands: a Health and Economic Benefit

Public Lands: a Health and Economic Benefit: Bill Hammond, PhD will help us explore the benefits of public lands to ourselves, our children and our community, from improved mental and physical health to increased creativity and learning. In the planetarium, 6 pm, Thursday, 26 February.

Talk: Nature Treatments for Childhood Anxiety: Alternatives to Medication

Nature Treatments for Childhood Anxiety: Alternatives to Medication: Nolan Katz, PhD and Yvette Mallory, RN, PsyD, will teach us about the symptoms of different anxiety disorders, evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques and biofeedback. Join Drs. Katz and Mallory in the planetarium at 6 pm on Wednesday, February 25th. Come by starting[…]

Talk: Integrative Medicine and Herbal Remedies

Integrative Medicine and Herbal Remedies: Heather Auld, MD and Teresa Spano, ND will help us explore the worlds of integrative medicine, naturopathic medicine and herbal medicine, and learn about herbs and how to/who should use them. In the planetarium, Tuesday, Feb. 24th at 6 pm.

Talk: The Power of Play and Reconnection to the Outdoors

Fran Mainella, former Director of the National Park Service will kick off our lecture series with a presentation on the value of play and how reconnection to nature nature benefits children and adults.  Talk is in the planetarium at 6:30 pm, Monday, February 23rd.

Dog Wash Sunday 1 pm!

Bring your dog to Dog Day Sunday at Calusa Nature Center this Sunday, Feb. 15th and for a $5 donation the Calusa Venture Crew will wash that dog while you wait! A clean start on the new week 🙂

Interacting Galaxies – Wed Noon Talk at the Planetarium Feb 25th

Wednesday, February 25th, 12:00 – 12:45pm Planetarium Talk: Interacting Galaxies – Gravity never sleeps, and even galaxies are attracted to one another! Our Valentine’s theme continues with our planetarium director Heather Preston’s science talk and planetarium show on interacting galaxies — and their consequences… One of the interesting aspects of[…]

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[…]

Barbecue and Bluegrass: Sun March 15th, 1 – 5 pm

Come on out to say farewell to some of our Gettin’ Picky band members with Barbecue & Bluegrass!  “Gettin’ Picky” will entertain with beautiful bluegrass tunes while smokin’ barbecue will complete the experience.  Dr. Bill Hammond will be on hand for storytelling and/or night trail walking.  Members: only $8, Non-members[…]

Public Talk on Exoplanets at Meeting of the SW Florida Astronomical Society

The SW Florida Astronomical Society meetings are open to the public.  Meetings are held in the Planetarium. Formed to educate the public, school children and scouts about the wonders of the night sky. Brief meeting is followed by the talk: Exoplanets: Hot, Cold, and Habitable, given by Prof. Derek Buzasi[…]

Introduction to Nature of SW Florida with Dr. Bill Hammond

Join Dr. Bill Hammond, Professor Emeritus FGCU Ecology & Marine Sciences, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Experience an introduction to the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium and to the natural geophysical features of Florida — and its flora and fauna — with a walk on our trails. More in-depth[…]

Wednesday Sneak Preview & Talk: “Black Holes: Monsters of the Cosmos”

Join our Planetarium Director Heather Preston in the planetarium at noon on Wednesday, January 7th for a presentation on black holes and a sneak preview of the black hole music video, “Monsters of the Cosmos.” Science-focused video artist John D. Boswell’s “Monsters of the Cosmos” features Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michio[…]

Moonlight Madness At CNCP!

Rediscover your wild side and join us for an evening of full moon fun. The planetarium will be open with NEW (yes!!!) moon-related shows, there will be viewing of the full moon through telescopes with help from the SWFL Astronomical Society and guided night hikes on our trails: come see[…]

“Freaks of Nature” take over Calusa Nature Center

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Some unwanted guests have arrived at the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium, as their annual haunted walk returns for the 30th year. Visitors can expect the fright of their life as they try and make their way through the swampy woods, taken over by strange, mutant[…]

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.[…]