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Connect

With

Nature

Hours of Operation
Planetarium Lobby and Nature Center and Trails
Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tickets: 
Adults $10 | Children $5 | Members FREE

Daily Programming
(included with admission) Subject to change/cancellation

Tuesday - Saturday
12:15 pm Planetarium Show
1:15 pm Animal Talk
2:15 pm Planetarium Show

Sunday
12:15 pm Planetarium Show
1:15 pm Animal Talk
2:15 pm Planetarium Show
3:15 pm Planetarium Show

ABOUT CNCP

Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium is a 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to environmental education and preservation. Our 105-acre site is home to many rescue animals, two nature trails, a planetarium theater, a bird aviary, a walk-through butterfly aviary, dozens of exhibits including terrariums, aquariums, dioramas and historical artifacts from both Earth and space - plus welcoming areas available to rent for your gatherings and celebrations.

We are closed to the public Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

3450 Ortiz Ave. Fort Myers, FL 33905 | 239.275.3435

Florida birds
  • Summer Camp: Nature Detectives (1st-3rd Grade)
    Summer Camp: Nature Detectives (1st-3rd Grade)
    Membership Offer
    Mon, Jun 17
    Jun 17, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jun 21, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Jun 17, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jun 21, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Who left that turd on the trail? How does a snake slither? Do bees really dance? Whose footprints show five toes? What bird call sounds like “who cooks for you, who cooks for you all?” Using our senses and detective skills we will answer these questions to solve these mysteries and more!
  • Summer Camp: Nature Rangers (4th-6th Grade)
    Summer Camp: Nature Rangers (4th-6th Grade)
    Membership Offer
    Mon, Jun 17
    Jun 17, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jun 21, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Jun 17, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jun 21, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Who raided the garbage can last night? What animal left those chomp marks on the leaves? Who pooped on the porch? Who’s bones are those? How can you tell a cat track from a dog track? Through a series of “critter crime scenes” and hands-on activities we will learn how to ID animal bones, skulls, tra
  • Planetarium Premiere: Spark!
    Planetarium Premiere: Spark!
    Membership Offer
    Wed, Jun 19
    Jun 19, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Jun 19, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    "Spark: The Universe in Us" guides us on a journey across space and time as we explore the remnants of stellar explosions, tracing the movements of elements through our galaxy to understand how stars live, die, and seed the Universe with the elements to build new generations of stars, planets & life
  • Summer Camp: Space Exploration (4th-6th Grade)
    Summer Camp: Space Exploration (4th-6th Grade)
    Membership Offer
    Mon, Jun 24
    Jun 24, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jun 28, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Jun 24, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jun 28, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Space exploration includes many different things, like our planet’s atmosphere and beyond. During this week of camp we will become astronauts, meteorologists, and atmospheric scientists! We will watch planetarium shows, identify constellations, learn how to use a telescope, tell time using the sun,
  • Summer Camp: Space Adventures	 (1st-3rd Grade)
    Summer Camp: Space Adventures	 (1st-3rd Grade)
    Membership Offer
    Mon, Jun 24
    Jun 24, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jun 28, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Jun 24, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jun 28, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Join us as we take imaginary trips through the solar system, explore the sky, build rockets, and watch astronomy shows in our Planetarium. Each day will be filled with astronomy related experiences and lots of hands-on fun.
  • Summer Camp: Naturally Florida (1st-5th Grade)
    Summer Camp: Naturally Florida (1st-5th Grade)
    Membership Offer
    Mon, Jul 01
    Jul 01, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jul 05, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Jul 01, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jul 05, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Were there ever any dinosaurs in Florida? Who were the first people to live here? What are Florida’s state bird, tree, flower, and mammal? Florida is home to many animals, plants, and interesting ecosystems. Come and explore your home state with us and learn the answers to these questions and more!
  • Nature Explorers
    Nature Explorers
    Sat, Jul 06
    Jul 06, 2024, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Jul 06, 2024, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Explore the world of flight!
  • Paint and Sip - Taught by Mathew Halstead C.R.I. from Lazy Painter Brushworks
    Paint and Sip - Taught by Mathew Halstead C.R.I. from Lazy Painter Brushworks
    Jul 06, 2024, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Enjoy a beginner friendly certified Bob Ross oil-painting workshop taught by Mathew Halstead
  • Summer Camp: Wildlife Wonders (4th-6th Grade)
    Summer Camp: Wildlife Wonders (4th-6th Grade)
    Membership Offer
    Mon, Jul 08
    Jul 08, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jul 12, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Jul 08, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jul 12, 2024, 4:00 PM
    What has hollow bones, no hair and travels faster than a cheetah? How long can a blue whale hold their breath? How far can an eagle see? What bird has the largest wingspan? Come learn all about the amazing adaptations animals have through fun hands-on activities, games, & live animal encounters.
  • Summer Camp: Authors & Animals	(1st-3rd Grade)
    Summer Camp: Authors & Animals	(1st-3rd Grade)
    Membership Offer
    Mon, Jul 08
    Jul 08, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jul 12, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Jul 08, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jul 12, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Join us this week as some of our most favorite nature stories and books come alive! Find out what an acorn turns into, what lives over and under in the pond, what hungry caterpillars actually eat, if there really is a zoo in the sky and if a nest is in fact noisy. Each day we will read nature story
  • Summer Camp: Outdoor Survival (5th-8th Grade)
    Summer Camp: Outdoor Survival (5th-8th Grade)
    Membership Offer
    Mon, Jul 15
    Jul 15, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jul 19, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Jul 15, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jul 19, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Build shelters, start fires, find and cook food, purify water, and get a little lost in the woods as you put your survival skills to the test in our forest and swamp during this intense week of adventures. Learn how people have survived in Southwest Florida in the past, present, and future.
  • Summer Camp: Outdoor Survival (1st-4th Grade)
    Summer Camp: Outdoor Survival (1st-4th Grade)
    Membership Offer
    Mon, Jul 15
    Jul 15, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jul 19, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Jul 15, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jul 19, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Do you know what to do if you're lost in the woods? Can you find shelter? Make a fire? Stay hydrated? Find your way through a swamp? Learn how to read a map, pack for a hiking trip and be prepared for adventuring in the outdoors!
  • Summer Camp: Nature Maker Space (4th - 6th Grade)
    Summer Camp: Nature Maker Space (4th - 6th Grade)
    Membership Offer
    Mon, Jul 22
    Jul 22, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jul 26, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Jul 22, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jul 26, 2024, 4:00 PM
    In this fun filled week of hands-on activities, crafts, DIY projects, and experiments, STEAM meets NATURE! Using the Nature Center as our maker space we will dive into all the ways STEAM and NATURE collide with creativity!
  • Summer Camp: Nature Maker Space (1st- 3rd Grade)
    Summer Camp: Nature Maker Space (1st- 3rd Grade)
    Membership Offer
    Mon, Jul 22
    Jul 22, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jul 26, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Jul 22, 2024, 9:00 AM – Jul 26, 2024, 4:00 PM
    In this fun filled week of hands-on activities, crafts, DIY projects, and experiments, STEAM meets NATURE! Using the Nature Center as our maker space we will dive into all the ways STEAM and NATURE collide with creativity!
  • Summer Camp: Junior Naturalist (5th-8th Grade)
    Summer Camp: Junior Naturalist (5th-8th Grade)
    Membership Offer
    Mon, Jul 29
    Jul 29, 2024, 9:00 AM – Aug 02, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Jul 29, 2024, 9:00 AM – Aug 02, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Ever wonder what it would be like to work at the Nature Center? You’ll spend this week immersed behind the scenes learning how we care for our animals, maintain our trails, create exhibits, & provide programs. This camp includes one-on-one time with many of our animal ambassadors.
  • Summer Camp: Small & Spineless (1st- 4th Grade)
    Summer Camp: Small & Spineless (1st- 4th Grade)
    Membership Offer
    Mon, Jul 29
    Jul 29, 2024, 9:00 AM – Aug 02, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Jul 29, 2024, 9:00 AM – Aug 02, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Discover the difference between insects and arachnids and learn all about other arthropods. We will search the woods for insects, meet insects up-close, learn how to classify them, create bug crafts, and play lots of fun buggy games.
  • Summer Camp: Wonders of Water (4th-6th Grade)
    Summer Camp: Wonders of Water (4th-6th Grade)
    Membership Offer
    Mon, Aug 05
    Aug 05, 2024, 9:00 AM – Aug 09, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Aug 05, 2024, 9:00 AM – Aug 09, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Florida is home to many different water systems. This week you will learn about them all. With hands-on activities we will study oceans, rivers, estuaries, and swamps and the animals that live in them. We will take swamp walks, seine for fish, test the salinity of a creek bed, catch aquatic critters
  • Summer Camp: Wild About Water (1st-3rd Grade)
    Summer Camp: Wild About Water (1st-3rd Grade)
    Membership Offer
    Mon, Aug 05
    Aug 05, 2024, 9:00 AM – Aug 09, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Aug 05, 2024, 9:00 AM – Aug 09, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Spend this week wading through our cypress swamp exploring the aquatic world to find out if fish sleep, how long turtles can hold their breath, why crayfish swim backwards, and how water striders can walk on water! We’ll also learn all about where our water comes from and how the water cycle works.

Events and Happenings!

Contact Us

Mesmerica is a third party event that is hosted at our planetarium. We are not Mesmerica nor are we able to assist with any Mesmerica requests. Please reach out to Mesmerica customer support with any concerns: boxoffice@jameshood.com

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