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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April Calendar at Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium

Weekly Events

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

April 2016 Daily Schedule

12:00 pm Family-friendly Planetarium Show #1: “Planet: Earth”

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

2:00 pm Planetarium Show #2: “Ocean: Earth” (Polynesian Navigation)

3:00 pm Planetarium Show #3″ “Climate: Earth” plus (optional) “Spring 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

April is “Earth Month” at CNCP

Saturday, April 1st, all day: April Fools’ Fun!
This will actually run for a bit longer than one day… find the silly things that don’t belong on our trails and in our museum (hint: read the animal’s signage).  Included with admission.

Thursday, April 6th 10 – 11 am – Guided Trail Hike with Education Naturalist
Explore the morning trails of Calusa Nature Center on a guided trail hike with an Education Naturalist — 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, April 6th , 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, April 6th 7:30-8:30pm –  SW FL Astronomical Society Presentation
On Thursday, April 6th at 7:30 pm in the Planetarium, SW Florida Astronomical Society hosts a public talk by Jim Farrell from WINK News Weather, followed by a Society meeting. Free and open to the public. See http://www.theeyepiece.org/ for details.

Friday April 7th , 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, April 8th, 10 am – 4 pm: Volunteer Work Day
Boy, do we need help!  Please use the “RSVP Here” tab under “Contact” on our website (opens in new tab) or email [email protected] to make sure Diana is aware you are coming.  Work gloves and closed-toed shoes are strongly recommended.

Saturday April 8th, 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, April 9th  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!

Monday April 10 – Friday April 14: NatureLab! A Calusa Camp Adventure. For details, please see calusa-camp-general page

Monday, April 10th all day: Florida Gopher Tortoise Day!
Come in to the Center for tortoise-related activities, presentations, crafts, and games. Kids can wear a “shell” to learn to move like a tortoise. Remember, tortoise shells tend to be taller and “domed,” while turtle shells tend to be flatter (more elongated). Turtles tend to have good feet for swimming, while tortoises tend to have good feet for digging! Learn the rules about the endangered/protected gopher tortoise: what should you do if you encounter a gopher tortoise in the wild? Why are they so endangered and what can you do to help them? If you find a gopher tortoise burrow or hole, what should you do/whom should you contact? Free with admission — see you at the Center!

Tuesday, April 11th, 10 am – 11 am: Preschool Class: All About Keeping Our Earth Beautiful
Pre-school Class at CNCP – 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!  Free with admission (so, free for members).

Wednesday April 12th, 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, April 13th, 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 April 14th, 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, April 15th, 10 am – 4 pm: Celebration of the Bunny!
Join us to celebrate spring — pet a real bunny — find rubber duckies in odd places to collect prizes — have your child’s picture taken with the Easter Bunny (11am – 2pm only), and basically hop to it for a fun Spring day of learning and play!

Sunday, April 16th: CLOSED for Easter
Today we will be closed so that our people can be with their families.

Thursday, April 20th, 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 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 April 21st , 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, April 22nd, 10:30 am – 4 am – Earth Day Celebration
Start at 10:30 with a musical program celebrating trees and water with songs, movement, art and activities led by educator and musician Carolyn Stanley. All day long, we will be hosting Earth Day games, auction, hikes, special planetarium shows, talks, tables, demonstrations, refreshments, crafts, and generally a good time celebrating our beautiful planet!    NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO PLANETARIUM SHOW AT 3 PM, DUE TO THE PUBLIC GATOR FEEDING
Here’s the schedule:

  • Earth Day Kids’ Concert (10:30 – 11:30)
  • Caloosa Carvers Woodcarving Demonstrations all day on Museum’s back porch
  • 11:30: Guided Hike on Pine Loop Trail
  • Arts & Crafts all day (downstairs!)
  • 12:00 Earth Day Planetarium Show: Planet Earth
  • 1:15 Animal Demonstration in the Museum (main building)
  • 2:00 Earth Day Planetarium Show: Climate Earth
  • 3:00 Gator Feeding by the front Museum entrance

Saturday, April 22nd, 7 pm – Earth Day VIP Reception and Concert
Please contact Larry Aguilar for more information: [email protected]

Sunday, April 23rd 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!

Thursday, April 27th, 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 April 28th, 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, April 29th, 10 am – 2 pm Arbor Day Appreciation
Guided Nature Hikes by FGCU Student Naturalists; plus, have an Arbor Day “Be a tree-hugger” photo op from 10 – 11 am

Sunday, April 30th 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!

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