Inspiring People to Connect with Nature

Trees Reflection in the Water

Haunted Walk 2021

October 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM

A third of a mile of terror in the swamp! Haunted Walk returns for six nights only!

Buy your tickets NOW for the scariest walk in the woods in Southwest Florida!

Hours of Operation
Nature Center and Trails: Mon - Sat 10:00 - 4:00 Sunday 11:00 - 4:00

Planetarium Lobby: Mon - Sat 12:00 - 3:00  Sunday 12:00 - 4:00
Adults $10 Children $5  | Members FREE

Daily Programming (included with admission)

Monday - Saturday
10:15 Wet Walks (Tues, Thur, Sat)
11 AM Animal Talk

12:15 PM Planetarium Show
1:15 PM Animal Show
2:15 PM Planetarium Show

11:15 AM Animal Talk
12:15 PM Planetarium Show
1:15 PM Animal Show
2:15 PM Planetarium Show
3:30 PM Planetarium Show

Monthly Programs

Nature Explorers

Every Saturday, 9:00-11:00am
$10 per person, ages 5-11

Join us for a drop-off environmental education program series that focuses on specific lessons to inspire students to connect with nature through interactive guided hikes, planetarium shows, environmental arts and crafts, and interactive roleplaying games and activities.

Homeschool Thursdays

Third Thursday of the Month, 10:00am-12:00pm, $10 per person, Ages 6-10

Homeschoolers can join us every month for a new series of drop-off science programs designed to give children a better understanding of the world around them while making new friends and exploring our trails!

Family Yoga

10 am - 11am, $15 per family with a portion of the proceeds donated to CNCP

In this class we explore yoga poses through stories and songs, connect with nature and have some fun with partner poses with your family. Also, we will learn mindfulness and meditation activities. Held outdoors in the Pine Pavilion. Bring yoga mat or towel, water and bug spray if you wish. Led by Shelly Sager, certified Kidding Around Yoga Teacher and RYT200.

School's Out Camps

When Lee County Schools are off, camp at CNCP is on!

9:00am-4:00pm, ages 7-14

$35 for members, $45 for non-members

November 11th: Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle

Learn all about how the choices we make impact the environment, and gain some new DIY skills!

November 22nd - 24th: Native Florida

Discover the history of Florida's ecosystems, animals, and people as we look at who and what calls this state home!

Full Moon Night Hike

Sunday, November 14th, 6:00pm

$15 per person, all ages

Once a month, come out to see our 1/3rd of a mile Pine Loop Trail in the moonlight. Watch the sky for bats, listen for owls, try and find a constellation! This walk starts just after sunset, so wear closed-toed shoes and check the weather to make sure you don't get cold. Night Hikes are an educational, nighttime experience with minimal flashlight use, and while they can be a wonderful experience for all ages, they may not be appropriate for very young children.

Late Night Double Feature Movie Night

Saturday, November TBD, 7:00pm
$10 per person

No movie night in October, since Haunted Walk means our trails will provide you with all the horror you need! Check back soon for November's movie night offering!

Internships and Employment Opportunities

Internships In:
Animal Care / Wildlife Management
Environmental Education
Marketing and Public Relations
Non-Profit Management 
Astronomy / Astrophysics 

Employment Opportunities:
Click HERE to view available positions

Donation Wish List

As a non-profit organization, CNCP is powered by donations! Currently we're looking for:
Washing Machine and Dryer
Electric Tools for Maintenance
Animal Kennels (for transporting animals)
Towels and Pillowcases
Paper Products (Paper Towels, Toilet Paper)
Printer Paper
Cutting Boards
Cleaning Supplies
Dog or Cat Toys
Reptile Terrarium Decorations
Bug Spray

Wild Birthday Package

Birthday Party for 20 Kids and 10 Adults - Starting at $425

Schedule your next birthday party here!

With a 3.5 hour rental of our Iona House, a custom animal show, a private planetarium show, and access to our exhibits and trails, your child's next birthday party will be an out of this world experience! 

Add on a guided trail walk, nature games and activities, or a science craft for even more fun!

For more details, contact Natalia by calling (239)-275-3435 or sending an email!


Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to environmental education and preservation. Our 105-acre site is home to many rescue animals, two nature trails, a planetarium theater, bird aviary, butterfly garden, and meeting areas. 


Hours of Operation 

10:00 - 4:00 Monday - Saturday

11:00 - 4:00 Sunday

3450 Ortiz Ave. Fort Myers, FL 33905


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