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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October Calendar at Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium

(NOTE:  HAUNTED WALK IS OCT 19th – 31st inclusive, 7 – 10 PM, LATER ON WEEKENDS, “‘Til the Last Scream!”)

Weekly Events

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!

Oct 2017 Daily Schedule

12:00 pm “SEEING!” — Ride a photon across the Universe and discover how it is that we can see distant stars… Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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

2:00 pm Planetarium Show #2: “Back to the Moon for Good: The Google Lunar X-Prize” Deadline is approaching for this competition!

3:00 pm Planetarium Show #3: “Halloween’s Astronomical Roots” plus (optional) “Autumn 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

October: the HAUNTED WALK Month at CNCP

Wednesday, Oct 4th, 4:00 – 6:00 pm – Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce @Calusa: Join the GFMCC for their October Women in Business networking event on Wednesday, October 4th from 4:00-6:00pm at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium. The cost to attend is $10 for Chamber Members and $20 for Future Chamber Members and includes complementary beverages and light appetizers.  Sponsor: Fifth Third Bank

Thursday, Oct 5 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, Oct 5 th  7:30-9:30pm –  SW FL Astronomical Society Meeting
Join the Astronomers! This month is Jim Passeur, COL(r) USAF, on his Astronomical Geodesy Odyssey… details in our News section. Presentation is followed or preceded by a Society meeting. Free and open to the public. See http://www.theeyepiece.org/ for details.

Friday  Oct 6th , 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 Oct 7th, 7:00pm – Fort Myers Aquarium Society Monthly Meeting and SECOND ANNUAL SWAP MEET!
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://www.fmas1.com for more details

Sunday,  Oct 8th 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, Oct 12th , 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 Oct 13th, 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.
Sunday, Oct 15th  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, Oct 19th  7:00pm-10:00pm Haunted Walk: The Horror Begins
This activity is NOT recommended for individuals under the age of 16.

Sunday, Oct 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!

Friday Oct 27th, 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 Oct 28th 10 am – 4 pm Trick or Treat Day for Under-12s at Calusa!

TRICK OR TREAT DAY AT CNCP IS FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12 YEARS OLD AND WILL BE ON SAT., OCT. 28 ALL DAY LONG.

INCLUDED WITH REGULAR ADMISSION

YOU ARE INVITED TO WEAR YOUR COSTUME AND GO DOOR TO DOOR IN THE MUSEUM COLLECTING TREATS AND SEEING THE ANIMALS AND DECORATIONS.

MOM AND DAD, THERE WILL BE TREATS FOR YOU AS WELL, IN THE FORM OF A SILENT AUCTION.

DON’T MISS THE MONSTER MASH BASH AT 3 PM IN THE PLANETARIUM; IT’S FOR EVERYONE!

Sunday, Oct 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!

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