Inspiring People to Connect with Nature
Help Us Inspire the Next Generation of Environmentalists!
Our volunteers are a huge part of what makes Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium a success. You can earn volunteer or service-learning hours in a number of areas such as: gardening, landscaping, maintenance, office work, animal care, education and more!
Fill out an application via the Volunteer Application on the dropdown menu.
If you have any questions, please email
As a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, we receive all our funding from admission and donations. Every dollar we receive is put back into the care of our animals and the upkeep of our 105 acres.
If you would prefer to donate items to help us with our everyday functions, we are always in need of new and used items such as:
sheets and towels, hand and dish soap, hand sanitizer, sunscreen and bug spray, dog toys, produce, peanut butter, cleaning supplies, gardening tools, and office supplies! Visit here for a current list of urgent needs.
If you have any other items you wish to donate, please give us a call to see if we can put them to good use: 239.275.3435
We offer a wide variety of professional internships at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate school levels. We work directly with each individual student to develop an internship plan to focus on the goals and responsibilities of the student to maximize the real-world experience provided.
Internships we have available but are not limited to:
Marketing and Public Relations
Physics/Astrophysics and Astronomy
Event Planning and Fundraising
Hospitality and Tourism
For an internship application, or, if you do not see an internship opportunity on the list but have an idea and concept of what you would like to accomplish during your professional experience, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.