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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June Calendar at Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium

Weekly Events

Every Weekday M-F except holidays: NatureLab Summer Camp!  To register online, visit (opens in new tab) http://calusanature.org/calusa-camp-general/

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!

June 2017 Daily Schedule

12:00 pm Family-friendly Planetarium Show #1: “Phantom of the Cosmos” NEW SHOW (2017) narr. by Tilda Swinton, sound by Skywalker Sound

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

2:00 pm Planetarium Show #2: “From Earth to the Universe” Astronomy from the earliest times to the farthest galaxies, in a show with gorgeous images.

3:00 pm Planetarium Show #3: “Distant Worlds: Alien Life?” plus (optional) “Spring 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

June is “Solstice Month” at CNCP

Thursday, June 1st , 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, June 1st 7:30-8:30pm –  SW FL Astronomical Society Talk: “About Time!” (Cosmology and Time)
Join the Astronomers! On Thursday, June 1st at 7:30 pm in the Planetarium, SW Florida Astronomical Society hosts a public talk by SWFAS member and author, Scott Flaig, on “Cosmology: The Nature of Time.” Scott Flaig is author of the book “Cosmology: Faith and Science Reveal Universal Truth.” He is an instructor on cosmology at the FGCU Renaissance Academy, and has been an adjunct professor at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University (Virtual Enterprises). He has a B. S. in Mathematics from University of Dubuque, a Certificate of Operations Strategy from Harvard Business School, and has been a corporate executive at Dell Corporation, iOmega and Xerox as well as a partner at Ernst & Young. Presentation is followed by a Society meeting. Free and open to the public. See http://www.theeyepiece.org/ for details.

Friday June 2nd , 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, June 3rd all day: National Trails Day!
Take a hike on one of our trails today: our Pine Loop Trail is open all the way and short enough for young-family hikes, while the Wildlands Trail is longer, a bit more challenging and also open all the way. Cypress Swamp Boardwalk is only partially open (under repair), so necessitates an out-and-back trip rather than a loop.

Sunday, June 4th  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!

Thursday, June 8th, 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 June 9th, 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 June 9th, 6:30 pm – Sierra Club special pre-release Screening of  new National Geographic documentary, “From the Ashes” ***
$5 admission, proceeds benefit Calusa Nature Center. Refreshments! Open to the public.  To explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth.  The Sierra Club Calusa Group covers a four-county area in SW Florida. For full details, see http://calusanature.org/june-9th-6-pm-sierra-cluball-faiths-unitarian-sponsor-2017-tribeca-winner-screening-from-the-ashes/

*** Saturday, June 10th, 10 am – 4 pm: Get Outdoors Day! ***
Join us for awesome summery fun including a Guided Nature Hike every 45 minutes, Water Wars, a masterful wood-carving display by the Caloosa Carvers Club and a Watermelon Eating and Seed Spitting contest, with fabulous prizes like laser show tickets or ice cream certificates!

Saturday June 10th, 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, June 11th  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!

Friday June 16th , 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 June 16th ,  4 pm – Kids Laser Show
Purchase Tickets by 3:45 pm  Our front desk at the Nature Center closes at 4 pm, so please purchase your tickets for the Kids Laser Show by 3:45 to be sure of getting in. Tickets are $5/seat for children or adults, and each child must be under supervision of an adult – it’s OK to have a group.

*** Friday June 16th , 7, 8, 9 and 10 pm – LASER SHOWS ARE BACK! ***
Back by popular demand, this is a June Solstice laser extravaganza… Shows at 7, 8, 9 and 10 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, for full schedule, please see (opens in new tab) http://calusanature.org/laser-shows/. Tickets at the door: $10/adult/show. Matinee kid-laser shows are  6/16 –  6/25 at 4 pm daily EXCEPT on Saturdays.

*** Saturday June 17th , 7, 8, 9 and 10 pm – LASER SHOWS ARE BACK! ***
Back by popular demand, this is a June Solstice laser extravaganza… Shows at 7, 8, 9 and 10 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, for full schedule, please see (opens in new tab) http://calusanature.org/laser-shows/. Tickets at the door: $10/adult/show. Matinee kid-laser shows are  6/16 –  6/25 at 4 pm daily EXCEPT on Saturdays.

Sunday, June 18th 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 June 18th ,  4 pm – Kids Laser Show
Purchase Tickets by 3:45 pm  Our front desk at the Nature Center closes at 4 pm, so please purchase your tickets for the Kids Laser Show by 3:45 to be sure of getting in. Tickets are $5/seat for children or adults, and each child must be under supervision of an adult – it’s OK to have a group. To see show schedule and descriptions, please see (opens in new tab) http://calusanature.org/laser-shows/

*** Sunday June 18th , 7, 8, 9 and 10 pm – LASER SHOWS ARE BACK! ***
Back by popular demand, this is a June Solstice laser extravaganza… Shows at 7, 8, 9 and 10 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, for full schedule, please see (opens in new tab) http://calusanature.org/laser-shows/. Tickets at the door: $10/adult/show. Matinee kid-laser shows are  6/16 –  6/25 at 4 pm daily EXCEPT on Saturdays.

*** Monday June 19th through Friday, June 23rd, 4 pm – Daily Kids Laser Shows ***
Purchase Tickets by 3:45 pm  Our front desk at the Nature Center closes at 4 pm, so please purchase your tickets for the Kids Laser Show by 3:45 to be sure of getting in. Tickets are $5/seat for children or adults, and each child must be under supervision of an adult – it’s OK to have a group. To see show schedule and descriptions, please see (opens in new tab) http://calusanature.org/laser-shows/

Friday June 23rd, 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 June 23rd , 7, 8, 9 and 10 pm – LASER SHOWS ARE BACK! ***
Back by popular demand, this is a June Solstice laser extravaganza… Shows at 7, 8, 9 and 10 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, for full schedule, please see (opens in new tab) http://calusanature.org/laser-shows/. Tickets at the door: $10/adult/show. Matinee kid-laser shows are  6/16 –  6/25 at 4 pm daily EXCEPT on Saturdays.

*** Saturday June 24th , 7, 8, 9 and 10 pm – LASER SHOWS ARE BACK! ***
Back by popular demand, this is a June Solstice laser extravaganza… Shows at 7, 8, 9 and 10 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, for full schedule, please see (opens in new tab) http://calusanature.org/laser-shows/. Tickets at the door: $10/adult/show. Matinee kid-laser shows are  6/16 –  6/25 at 4 pm daily EXCEPT on Saturdays.

Sunday, June 25th 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 June 25th ,  4 pm – THE LAST Kids Laser Show
Purchase Tickets by 3:45 pm  Our front desk at the Nature Center closes at 4 pm, so please purchase your tickets for the Kids Laser Show by 3:45 to be sure of getting in. Tickets are $5/seat for children or adults, and each child must be under supervision of an adult – it’s OK to have a group. To see show schedule and descriptions, please see (opens in new tab) http://calusanature.org/laser-shows/

*** Sunday June 25th , 7, 8, 9 and 10 pm – LAST NIGHT FOR LASER SHOWS! ***
This is the final night of our June Solstice laser extravaganza… Shows at 7, 8, 9 and 10 pm; for full schedule, please see (opens in new tab) http://calusanature.org/laser-shows/. Tickets at the door: $10/adult/show.

Friday, June 30th 6:00-8:00pm Electronic Music Concert in Planetarium
This event will be ticketed; as soon as details are available, we will place the link up here!

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