Monthly Events

Monthly 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 and animal enclosures.

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March Calendar at Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium

Weekly Events

Every Thursday and Saturday, 10 – 11 am – Guided Trail Hike with Education Naturalist
Explore the morning trails of Calusa Nature Center on a guided trail hike with one of our Education Coordinator Naturalists — you never know what you will see on any given day! Free with admission, but to reserve your place, please use this RSVP link.

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, 11am – 12 noon Animal Behavioral Enrichment Activity
Join Education Naturalist Vikki Nelson in carrying out crafts and construction projects to enrich the mental life of our resident animals. Generally these are projects that can be completed in the allotted time and so you will get to see the animals actually interacting with and enjoying your project. Initial projects were very well-received, these include little “mystery packets” of biodegradable cardstock that concealed treats like blueberries, strawberries, etc. The opossum and raccoons absolutely loved these! Closed-toed shoes and long pants are required for any “heavy tool use” projects, most other projects take place at a crafts table.

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 will be provided. We can’t wait to see you and your furry family member each and every Sunday!

Sundays, 1pm – 3:45 pm: Bluegrass Jam on the Porch Bluegrass is Back!
Sunday Bluegrass Jams on the Back Porch are back!  Sundays from 1 – 3:45 pm, 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. Everyone is welcome to join in regardless of experience.  There is no admission charge for jam musicians (and one immediate family member who stays “in support” on the porch if needed). All CNCP visitors are of course invited to listen in with a regular paid admission to the Center.

March 2016 Daily Schedule

12:00 pm Family-friendly Planetarium Show #1: “To Mars!”

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

2:00 pm Planetarium Show #2: “Mayan Cosmology”

3:00 pm Planetarium Show #3″ “Exoplanets” plus (optional) “Winter Stargazing” or Potluck*

*For detailed information about the planetarium shows, please see our listing on the Planetarium page.

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

March is “Spring Equinox” Month at CNCP

***PLUS: March Laser Madness!!! March 18-26 ONLY — click here!!!***

Thursday, March 2nd , 7:00 pm – Calusa Herpetological Society Monthly Meeting
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, March 2nd 7:30-8:30pm –  SW FL Astronomical Society Presentation
On Thursday, March 2nd. at 7:30 pm in the Planetarium, SW Florida Astronomical Society will host two astronomical video features, “The Andromeda Nebula” and “The Pleiades,” followed by a Society meeting. Free and open to the public. See http://www.theeyepiece.org/ for details.

Friday March 3rd , 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 March 4th, 7:00pm – Fort Myers Aquarium Society Monthly Meeting
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 http://kcation.wix.com/ftmyersaquarium for more details

Sunday, March 5th  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 will be provided. We can’t wait to see you and your furry family member each and every Sunday!

Sunday, March 5th  1pm – 3:45 pm: Bluegrass Jam on the Porch
Sunday Bluegrass Jams on the Back Porch are back!  Sundays from 1 – 3:45 pm, 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. Everyone is welcome to join in regardless of experience.  There is no admission charge for jam musicians (and one immediate family member who stays “in support” on the porch if needed). All CNCP visitors are of course invited to listen in with a regular paid admission to the Center.

Wednesday March 8th, 6:00 pm – Sierra Club Monthly Meeting in the Iona House
Open to the public.  To explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth.  The Calusa Group covers a four-county area in SW Florida. For up-to-date details, see http://calusanature.org/events or http://www.sierraclub.org/florida/calusa

Thursday, March 9th, 10 – 11 am – Guided Trail Hike with Education Naturalist Vikki Nelson
Explore the morning trails of Calusa Nature Center on a guided trail hike with Vikki Nelson — you never know what you will see on any given day! Free with admission, but to reserve your place, please use this RSVP link.

Thursday, March 9th, 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 March 10th, 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.

Saturday, March 11th, 10 am – 3:30 pm: Our Annual Creepy Crawly Day!
Join us to learn about all the creepy crawlies in our environment! Bug and other creepy-crawly presentations, videos, buggy snacks and crafts and bug games will make a fun day of learning and play!

Saturday, March 11th, 10 – 11 am – Guided Trail Hike with Education Naturalist Vikki Nelson
Explore the morning trails of Calusa Nature Center on a guided trail hike with Vikki Nelson — you never know what you will see on any given day! Free with admission, but to reserve your place, please use this RSVP link.  Canceled today only: This Saturday Vikki wil be representing Calusa Nature Center at an outreach.

Sunday, March 12th,  10:00am -1 pm Honoring National K-9 Veterans’ Day
Amazing demonstrations by hardworking K-9s from Cape Coral Police, Florida Highway Patrol, Fort Myers Police, Lee County Sheriff’s DEpartment and the Lee County Port Authority Police. There will be live music and special earlier Sunday opening hours for this event! BYO lawn chairs, please.

Sunday, March 12th,  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 will be provided. We can’t wait to see you and your furry family member each and every Sunday!

Sunday, March 12th1pm – 3:45 pm: Bluegrass Jam on the Porch
Sunday Bluegrass Jams on the Back Porch are back!  Sundays from 1 – 3:45 pm, 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. Everyone is welcome to join in regardless of experience.  There is no admission charge for jam musicians (and one immediate family member who stays “in support” on the porch if needed). All CNCP visitors are of course invited to listen in with a regular paid admission to the Center.

Tuesday, March 14th, 10 am – 11 am: Preschool Class: Reptiles and Amphibians
Pre-school Class at CNCP – Reptiles and Amphibians — Fun preschool class includes a guided trail walk, a story, learning activities, and a craft.  Please use the “RSVP Here” tab under “Contact” on our website (opens in new tab) to make sure your teacher is aware you are coming!  Included with admission.

Thursday, March 16th, 10 – 11 am – Guided Trail Hike with Education Naturalist
Explore the morning trails of Calusa Nature Center on a guided trail hike with one of our Education Coordinator Naturalists — you never know what you will see on any given day! Free with admission, but to reserve your place, please use this RSVP link.

Friday March 17th , 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.

March Laser Madness: March 18 – 26 ONLY!!!    Nightly Laser Shows on Fri, Sat, Sun at 7, 8, 9 and 10 pm; Laser afternoons M-F at 4 pm with kid-friendly shows
Our Laser show schedule is here. Prices are on that page, and full show descriptions are at the bottom of the page.  See you there!

Saturday, March 18th, 10 – 11 am – Guided Trail Hike with Education Naturalist Vikki Nelson
Explore the morning trails of Calusa Nature Center on a guided trail hike with Vikki Nelson — you never know what you will see on any given day! Free with admission, but to reserve your place, please use this RSVP link.

Sunday, March 19th , 11am – 12 noon Animal Behavioral Enrichment Activity
Join Education Naturalist Vikki Nelson in carrying out crafts and construction projects to enrich the mental life of our resident animals. Generally these are projects that can be completed in the allotted time and so you will get to see the animals actually interacting with and enjoying your project. Initial projects were very well-received, these include little “mystery packets” of biodegradable cardstock that concealed treats like blueberries, strawberries, etc. The opossum and raccoons absolutely loved these! Closed-toed shoes and long pants are required for any “heavy tool use” projects, most other projects take place at a crafts table.

Sunday, March 19th 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 will be provided. We can’t wait to see you and your furry family member each and every Sunday!

Sunday, March 19th 1pm – 3:45 pm: Bluegrass Jam on the Porch
Sunday Bluegrass Jams on the Back Porch are back!  Sundays from 1 – 3:45 pm, 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. Everyone is welcome to join in regardless of experience.  There is no admission charge for jam musicians (and one immediate family member who stays “in support” on the porch if needed). All CNCP visitors are of course invited to listen in with a regular paid admission to the Center.

Monday March 20th: Happy Vernal Equinox! About 6 a.m. See you when we open at 10 :-)

Thursday, March 23rd, 10 – 11 am – Guided Trail Hike with Education Naturalist
Explore the morning trails of Calusa Nature Center on a guided trail hike with one of our Education Coordinator Naturalists — you never know what you will see on any given day! Free with admission, but to reserve your place, please use this RSVP link.

Friday March 24th, 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.

Saturday, March 25th, 10 – 11 am – Guided Trail Hike with Education Naturalist Vikki Nelson
Explore the morning trails of Calusa Nature Center on a guided trail hike with Vikki Nelson — you never know what you will see on any given day! Free with admission, but to reserve your place, please use this RSVP link.

Sunday, March 26th , 11am – 12 noon Animal Behavioral Enrichment Activity
Join Education Naturalist Vikki Nelson in carrying out crafts and construction projects to enrich the mental life of our resident animals. Generally these are projects that can be completed in the allotted time and so you will get to see the animals actually interacting with and enjoying your project. Initial projects were very well-received, these include little “mystery packets” of biodegradable cardstock that concealed treats like blueberries, strawberries, etc. The opossum and raccoons absolutely loved these! Closed-toed shoes and long pants are required for any “heavy tool use” projects, most other projects take place at a crafts table.

Sunday, March 26th 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 will be provided. We can’t wait to see you and your furry family member each and every Sunday!

Sunday, March 26th 1pm – 3:45 pm: Bluegrass Jam on the Porch
Sunday Bluegrass Jams on the Back Porch are back!  Sundays from 1 – 3:45 pm, 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. Everyone is welcome to join in regardless of experience.  There is no admission charge for jam musicians (and one immediate family member who stays “in support” on the porch if needed). All CNCP visitors are of course invited to listen in with a regular paid admission to the Center.

Thursday, March 30th, 10 – 11 am – Guided Trail Hike with Education Naturalist
Explore the morning trails of Calusa Nature Center on a guided trail hike with one of our Education Coordinator Naturalists — you never know what you will see on any given day! Free with admission, but to reserve your place, please use this RSVP link.

Friday March 31st, 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.

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