Special Events

Special Events

Sierra Club Evening: Green Films, Cocktails and Conversation coming Saturday July 25th

Mark your calendar for the Sierra Club Green Screenings with Cocktails and Conversation. Saturday evening, July 25th we will meet in the Planetarium for a Sierra Club free event (donations requested for drinks and such). There will be three “green” features (two shorter features and Groundswell Rising, an award-winning documentary[…]

Snakes & Dad: a Serious Snake Presentation for Fathers’ Day!

Saturday, June 20th from 11:00am-1:00pm:  Snakes & Dad  Stop by the center and celebrate an early Father’s Day to see a great show given by Jeremy Hargett. This is your opportunity to be in the room and even up close with a Cobra and other venomous snakes. Not our usual non-venomous-snake[…]

Summer Solstice at the Fulldome Movies: Sunday, June 21st 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Sunday, June 21st 4:00 – 6:00 pm Summer Solstice at the Fulldome Movies: Beat the Heat in our Planetarium and enjoy Solar Quest, Monsters of the Cosmos and other popular short features along with a main presentation that shows you some of the awesome forces that shape our planet! Starting[…]

A Tropical Celebration Under the Stars

Many Thanks to all who joined us for a Celebration Under the Tropical Stars At the historic HUT Restaurant and Peace Gardens, Saturday, May 30th 5:30 – 9:30 PM In addition to great music and food, we presented awards to people, businesses and organizations that share the Calusa Nature Center[…]

Sunday, April 26th at Noon: Journey Of The Universe

Sunday, April 26th at Noon: Journey Of The Universe An Epic Story of Cosmic, Earth, and Human Transformation Journey Film, Book, & Conversations are a collaboration of evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme and historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker. They weave a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, and biology[…]

Trouper’s Birthday Celebration April 18, 10 am – 4 pm

You’re Invited!  Trouper’s Birthday Celebration 10:00am- The Young Naturalists and Calusa Crew members will be present to assist with setup and events throughout the day. 10:00am- Butterfly house / aviary interact and learn close-up with the critters. 11:30am-1:00pm- Advanced Creepy Crawlies, spiders, snakes and children’s arts & crafts. There will[…]

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[…]

Saturday, April 18th at NOON: Special Guest Talk! Jaymie Matthews’ Astronomy

Saturday, April 18th at NOON: Special Guest Talk! Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium presents EXPLORING PLANETS FAR, FAR AWAY… WITHOUT HYPERDRIVE – The real science of real alien worlds — a free public talk by Jedi Astronomer Jaymi Wan Kenobi (a.k.a. Professor Jaymie Mark Matthews) in our Planetarium When “Star[…]

Global Youth Service Day April 11 at Calusa Nature Center

Global Youth Service Day at the Calusa Nature Center: Calling All Volunteers! Connect with nature on Global Youth Service Day by volunteering at the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium. This “youth-led” event (with adult supervision and guidance) will give volunteers the opportunity to work “hands on” experiencing nature in different[…]

Florida Space Day Film Festival: 3.25.15

The Planetarium shows today, in place of the regularly-scheduled shows, will all be about space exploration — in honor of the legislature’s designation of March 25th as Florida Space Day.  Vote for your favorites in the planetarium lobby! Find out more about Florida Space Day itself at: FloridaSpaceDay.com (opens in[…]

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.