Inspiring People to Connect with Nature

Name our new bald eagle! 

Our nameless friend arrived October 12, 2020. He has a metabolic bone disease which means he can't be released in the wild for fear of substantial injuries. He is about 4 years old and is being glove trained as an animal ambassador for CNCP.

Rules: Submit a minimum $10 donation on our GoFundMe page and write your suggested name in the comment box during your donation process. Every dollar counts! $10 donation = 10 entries for your suggested name, $100 entry = 100 entries for your suggested name. Round One of the naming contest starts Oct 20 and ends Nov 4 at 11:59 pm EST. On November 6th, we will announce the top five names that generated the most funds and start Round Two, allowing everyone to vote by donating toward their favorite of the Top Five. All funds raised will help feed and care for the more than 25 non-releasable animals we have at CNCP.

Go here to vote! 

And yes, we still have Erica, our female bald eagle who is approaching 40 years of age. We aren't sure if the two will be able to share an exhibit, but we are hopeful!

October Program Schedule

Open Mon-Sat 10:00-4:00 Sunday 11:00-4:00 | Adults $10 Children $5

October Programming (included with admission)


11 AM Animal Talk

12 PM Planetarium Show

1:15 PM Animal Show

2:15 PM Planetarium Show

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday

10:15 AM Guided Nature Hike

Planetarium Events

Kid's Laser Shows

Mondays - Saturdays Starting Oct 29

3:30 PM  $5 per person

Oct 29 - Nov 1 and

Nov 5 - Nov 8

TH, FR, SA, SU for 2 weeks!

Shows at 6, 7, 8 and 9 pm.


Click for Shows Schedule!

Check out the brand-new 5.1 surround sound and laser projection systems in our Planetarium!

We need your help!

During normal times, our operating expenses average $1,000 a day.

During the COVID-19 shutdown, we still had 25+ animals to care for and bills to pay. Since almost all of our funding comes from admission fees and fundraisers, we were without any steady income.

Any and all donations are appreciated. Please visit our GoFundMe campaign or our PayPal page to contribute. You can even support us while shopping! And always remember to visit our Facebook page for regular updates on happenings at the Center and educational programming related to our mission of

"Inspiring People to Connect with Nature" 


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 and butterfly aviaries and meeting areas. 

We are open from 10:00-4:00 Monday-Saturday

and 11:00-4:00 on Sunday

3450 Ortiz Ave. Fort Myers, FL 33905


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