Events

Events

Come Meet the Giant Sloth and other paleontological wonders of Southwest Florida!  There is never a charge for parking, and our low admission price includes a daily animal demonstration and three planetarium shows as well as the museum, trails, butterfly pavilion, aviary (in its last phase of construction: take a look!) and animal enclosures.

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January Events Calendar at Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium

Weekly Events (these are also listed below in the Events Calendar day-by-day)

Monday 11 am – Butterfly Talk
We love our alligators! Come visit with them up close and personal. (Ok

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 11 am – Alligator Talk
We love our alligators! Come visit with them up close and personal. (Okay, behind the gate!) Our animal care expert will share all about alligators: their habit, diet, why they are important to the ecosystem, and how to protect them. Admission to this talk is free with your entrance fee. Great experience for the whole family.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 2:30 pm – Eagle Talk
Come meet “Erica” Calusa Nature Center’s very own eagle! Our animal expert will share with you all sorts of interesting facts about eagles, like their habitat, dietary needs, and why they are a keystone species and important for the environment. Gaze into an eagle’s eye and connect with this amazing part of nature! This talk is free with your admission.

Every Friday, 11am – Solar Observing using the Coronado Solar Telescope Are there sunspots today? Prominences? A flare? Planetarium volunteers and/or staff will show you the Sun “live” as few people get to see it. Catch our narrow-band filter’s detailed view of the Sun live on the platform in front of the planetarium at 11 am on Fridays, weather permitting.

Sundays, 12 noon-3 pm – Dog Day Afternoons
Bring your dog(s) to CNCP on Sundays between noon and 3:00 pm to walk the trails with you. The cost is $5 per human. Your dog(s) must be on a leash. They are not permitted to visit the museum, animals, or butterfly enclosure. Water is available: BYO bowl. We can’t wait to see you and your furry family member each and every Sunday!

Sundays, 1:00-3:00pm Bluegrass Jam on the Porch
Sunday Bluegrass Jams on the Back Porch are back!  Now in our fourth year of jamming to toe-tapping bluegrass standards, ballads, and gospel tunes, our Bluegrass Jam plays something for everyone. The group is dedicated to playing bluegrass and sharing it with others. Bring your bluegrass instruments and your bluegrass tunes (or just your bluegrass heart, to listen) and come to the porch for the Sunday Bluegrass Jam organized (loosely) by local bluegrass musicians.

Jan 2018 Daily Schedule: these are NOT listed in the day-by-day calendar because they happen EVERY day (except 1/1  and 1/15)

12:00 pm “Distant Worlds, Alien Life?

1:15 pm Live Animal Demonstration in the main Museum building

2:00 pm Planetarium Show #2: “Meteorites, Asteroids and Comets”

3:00 pm Planetarium Show #3: “Solar System: Weather” plus (optional) “Winter Stargazing” — or Potluck*

*For detailed information about the planetarium shows, please see our listing on the Planetarium page. We show three different planetarium shows each day, and we have a live orientation to what you can see in our local night sky as the initial part of each show (this is our sneaky way of getting you dark-adapted!), followed by a fulldome planetarium “movie.”

The Month in Detail: stuff that happens in addition to the Daily Schedule

January: Future Vision Month at CNCP

Tuesday, Jan 2nd 9 am – 4 pm through Friday, Jan 5th: Calusa Winter Camp: “Spaceship Earth: Spacelings!”
Join us for this themed week of Winter Camp, full of exploration of Earth-as-spaceship and Space! Full information and registration is here.

Tuesday, Jan 2nd 11 am: All About Alligators
Live gator talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the Gator Pond.

Thursday, Jan 4 th, 7:00 pm – Calusa Herpetological Society Monthly Meeting
Join the Herpers!
Meeting is held in the Iona House. Non-members pay $3 at the door. Dedicated to education, conservation and enjoyment of reptiles and amphibians. For details of this month’s meeting, please see http://www.calusaherp.org/calendar.htm

Thursday, Jan 4th 11 am: All About Alligators
Live gator talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the Gator Pond.

Thursday, Jan 4 th, 7:30-9:30pm –  SW FL Astronomical Society Meeting
Join the Astronomers!  Live Presentation is followed (or sometimes preceded) by a Society meeting. Free and open to the public. See http://www.theeyepiece.org/ for details.

Friday  Jan 5th , 11 am – Solar Observing (clear skies permitting) Live solar observing using the Coronado Solar Telescope Are there sunspots today? Prominences? A flare? Planetarium volunteers and/or staff will show you the Sun “live” as few people get to see it. Catch our narrow-band filter’s detailed view of the Sun live on the platform in front of the planetarium at 11 am on Fridays, weather permitting. Included with admission.

Saturday Jan 6th11 am: All About Alligators
Live gator talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the Gator Pond.

Saturday Jan 6th, 7:00pm – Fort Myers Aquarium Society Monthly Meeting in Iona House
Open to the public, for all aquarium enthusiasts at all skill levels, to share techniques, knowledge and friendships. Meeting is in the Iona House.  Visit https://fortmyersaquarium.wixsite.com/ftmyersaquarium for more details

Saturday, Jan 6th  7:30 pm: UFO Concert/Synths/Lasers/Experience  Live On Stage At The PLANETARIUM  – Performance by RandomBongoGuy – [Frank Ferrante]  PRESENTING… FROOTMUSIC  [music made with citrus fruit] As Well As Many Other Virtual Synthesizers Showcased As A Unique Live Performance Using Sound, Laser Light & Video Effects Which Will Launch You Into The Cosmos & Other Wild Dimensions All While Nestled In Comfortable Seating Inside The Futuristic Dome of the Calusa Nature Center’s Planetarium!  MUSIC FROM THE MOOG MODULAR V3 VINTAGE SYNTHESIZER AS WELL AS MUSIC MADE FROM FRUIT & BRAIN WAVES!

Sunday Jan 7th11 am: All About Alligators
Live gator talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the Gator Pond.

Sunday,  Jan 7th 12:00-3:00pm Dog Day Afternoon
Bring your dog(s) to CNCP between noon and 3:00 pm to walk the trails with you. The cost is $5 per human. Your dog(s) must be on a leash. They are not permitted to visit the museum, animals, or butterfly enclosure. Water is available: BYO bowl. We can’t wait to see you and your furry family member each and every Sunday!

Sunday,  Jan 7th 1:00-3:00 pm Bluegrass Jam on the Porch
Sunday Bluegrass Jams on the Back Porch are back!  Now in our fourth year of jamming to toe-tapping bluegrass standards, ballads, and gospel tunes, our Bluegrass Jam plays something for everyone. The group is dedicated to playing bluegrass and sharing it with others. Bring your bluegrass instruments and your bluegrass tunes (or just your bluegrass heart, to listen) and come to the porch for the Sunday Bluegrass Jam organized (loosely) by local bluegrass musicians.

Monday, January 8th 2:30 pm – Eyes on Eagles
Live raptor/bald eagle talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the McNew Pavilion.

Tuesday, Jan 9th 11 am: All About Alligators
Live gator talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the Gator Pond.

Wednesday, January 10th 2:30 pm – Eyes on Eagles
Live raptor/bald eagle talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the McNew Pavilion.

Thursday, Jan 11th 11 am: All About Alligators
Live gator talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the Gator Pond.

Thursday, Jan 11th , 6:30pm – SW Florida Photographic Society Monthly Meeting
Open to the public, for all photographers at all skill levels, to share techniques, knowledge and friendships. Meeting is in the Iona House. For details of this month’s meeting, see http://www.swflphotosociety.com/

Friday Jan 12th, 11 am – Solar Observing (clear skies permitting)
Live solar observing using the Coronado Solar Telescope Are there sunspots today? Prominences? A flare? Planetarium volunteers and/or staff will show you the Sun “live” as few people get to see it. Catch our narrow-band filter’s detailed view of the Sun live on the platform in front of the planetarium at 11 am on Fridays, weather permitting.

Friday, January 12th 2:30 pm – Eyes on Eagles
Live raptor/bald eagle talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the McNew Pavilion.

Saturday Jan 13th11 am: All About Alligators
Live gator talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the Gator Pond.

Sunday Jan 14th11 am: All About Alligators
Live gator talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the Gator Pond.

Sunday,  Jan 14th 12:00-3:00pm Dog Day Afternoon
Bring your dog(s) to CNCP between noon and 3:00 pm to walk the trails with you. The cost is $5 per human. Your dog(s) must be on a leash. They are not permitted to visit the museum, animals, or butterfly enclosure. Water is available: BYO bowl. We can’t wait to see you and your furry family member each and every Sunday!

Sunday,  Jan 14th 1:00-3:00 pm Bluegrass Jam on the Porch
Sunday Bluegrass Jams on the Back Porch are back!  Now in our fourth year of jamming to toe-tapping bluegrass standards, ballads, and gospel tunes, our Bluegrass Jam plays something for everyone. The group is dedicated to playing bluegrass and sharing it with others. Bring your bluegrass instruments and your bluegrass tunes (or just your bluegrass heart, to listen) and come to the porch for the Sunday Bluegrass Jam organized (loosely) by local bluegrass musicians.

Monday, Jan 15th  9 am – 4 pm: Martin Luther King Day Celebration
Join us for this full day of activities, presentations and demonstrations all over the Nature Center and Planetarium. Read more about it here: http://calusanature.org/martin-luther-king-day-community-celebration/

Monday Jan 15th  9 am – 4 pm: Martin Luther King Day drop-off  Day Camp  Celebrate MLK Day and Dr. King’s vision of the interconnected future with us. Info/register here.

Tuesday, Jan 16th 11 am: All About Alligators
Live gator talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the Gator Pond.

Wednesday, January 17th 2:30 pm – Eyes on Eagles
Live raptor/bald eagle talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the McNew Pavilion.

Thursday, Jan 18th 11 am: All About Alligators
Live gator talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the Gator Pond.

Thursday Jan 18th 7 pm “TESS: NASA’s Newest Planet-Finding Mission” in the Planetarium
Dr. Derek Buzasi, NASA asteroseismologist and stellar science team member, will give a multimedia talk Thursday, Jan 18th at 7 pm in the planetarium: “TESS: NASA’s next Planet-Finding Mission.” This will cover the TESS orbital 4-telescope observatory that will be launched in March 2018. Dr. Buzasi’s TESS Asteroseismology science team is responsible for obtaining full information about the planet-hosting stars TESS detects/identifies .  Dr. Buzasi is the Whitaker Eminent Scholar in Science at FGCU.

Friday Jan 19th, 11 am – Solar Observing (clear skies permitting)
Live solar observing using the Coronado Solar Telescope Are there sunspots today? Prominences? A flare? Planetarium volunteers and/or staff will show you the Sun “live” as few people get to see it. Catch our narrow-band filter’s detailed view of the Sun live on the platform in front of the planetarium at 11 am on Fridays, weather permitting.

Friday, January 19th 2:30 pm – Eyes on Eagles
Live raptor/bald eagle talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the McNew Pavilion.

Friday,  Jan 19th 3 pm “The Science of Music” with Musician and Engineer of Music Frank Ferrante in the Planetarium
Frank Ferrante makes music using the electrical signals from fruit, muscle contractions, even his own brain! But there is a lot more to the science behind music… join us in the planetarium for a wacky and enlightening series of demonstrations of the science of music!

Saturday Jan 20th11 am: All About Alligators
Live gator talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the Gator Pond.

Sunday Jan 21st11 am: All About Alligators
Live gator talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the Gator Pond.

Sunday,  Jan 22nd 12:00-3:00pm Dog Day Afternoon
Bring your dog(s) to CNCP between noon and 3:00 pm to walk the trails with you. The cost is $5 per human. Your dog(s) must be on a leash. They are not permitted to visit the museum, animals, or butterfly enclosure. Water is available: BYO bowl. We can’t wait to see you and your furry family member each and every Sunday!

Sunday,  Jan 22nd 1:00-3:00 pm Bluegrass Jam on the Porch
Sunday Bluegrass Jams on the Back Porch are back!  Now in our fourth year of jamming to toe-tapping bluegrass standards, ballads, and gospel tunes, our Bluegrass Jam plays something for everyone. The group is dedicated to playing bluegrass and sharing it with others. Bring your bluegrass instruments and your bluegrass tunes (or just your bluegrass heart, to listen) and come to the porch for the Sunday Bluegrass Jam organized (loosely) by local bluegrass musicians.

Monday, January 22nd 2:30 pm – Eyes on Eagles
Live raptor/bald eagle talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the McNew Pavilion.

Tuesday, Jan 23rd 11 am: All About Alligators
Live gator talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the Gator Pond.

Wednesday, January 24th 2:30 pm – Eyes on Eagles
Live raptor/bald eagle talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the McNew Pavilion.

Thursday, Jan 25th 11 am: All About Alligators
Live gator talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the Gator Pond.

Thursday Jan 25th 5:30 pm “Florida and the Gulf of Mexico: History, Wisdom, and Hope” Reception 5:30, Talk 6 pm in the Planetarium
Dr. Jack E. Davis, professor of environmental history and sustainable studies at the University of Florida, will give a talk Thursday, Jan 25th at 6 pm in the planetarium: “Florida and the Gulf of Mexico: History, Wisdom, and Hope.” Drawing from his forthcoming book, Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, Dr. Jack E. Davis will talk about the role the Gulf of Mexico has played in the course of U.S. history. He is interested in the way people, from pre-Spanish natives to current shoreside residents, have organized their societies and individual lives around nature, and how Gulf nature has been a positive force in human events. Unfortunately, human activities have sometimes led to unintended consequences that have undermined the Gulf’s beneficence. A reception at 5:30 pm in the planetarium lobby will precede the talk.

Friday Jan 26th, 11 am – Solar Observing (clear skies permitting)
Live solar observing using the Coronado Solar Telescope Are there sunspots today? Prominences? A flare? Planetarium volunteers and/or staff will show you the Sun “live” as few people get to see it. Catch our narrow-band filter’s detailed view of the Sun live on the platform in front of the planetarium at 11 am on Fridays, weather permitting.

Friday, January 26th 2:30 pm – Eyes on Eagles
Live raptor/bald eagle talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the McNew Pavilion.

Saturday Jan 27th11 am: All About Alligators
Live gator talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the Gator Pond.

Sunday Jan 29th11 am: All About Alligators
Live gator talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the Gator Pond.

Sunday,  Jan 29th 12:00-3:00pm Dog Day Afternoon
Bring your dog(s) to CNCP between noon and 3:00 pm to walk the trails with you. The cost is $5 per human. Your dog(s) must be on a leash. They are not permitted to visit the museum, animals, or butterfly enclosure. Water is available: BYO bowl. We can’t wait to see you and your furry family member each and every Sunday!

Sunday,  Jan 29th 1:00-3:00 pm Bluegrass Jam on the Porch
Sunday Bluegrass Jams on the Back Porch are back!  Now in our fourth year of jamming to toe-tapping bluegrass standards, ballads, and gospel tunes, our Bluegrass Jam plays something for everyone. The group is dedicated to playing bluegrass and sharing it with others. Bring your bluegrass instruments and your bluegrass tunes (or just your bluegrass heart, to listen) and come to the porch for the Sunday Bluegrass Jam organized (loosely) by local bluegrass musicians.

Monday, January 29th 2:30 pm – Eyes on Eagles
Live raptor/bald eagle talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the McNew Pavilion.

Tuesday, Jan 30th 11 am: All About Alligators
Live gator talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the Gator Pond.

Wednesday, January 31st 2:30 pm – Eyes on Eagles
Live raptor/bald eagle talk from our knowledgeable naturalist at the McNew Pavilion.

What’s Up for January Skies: see http://calusanature.org/our-current-sky/ to find out about our beautiful SWFL night skies.