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Our mission is to develop a greater public awareness of and appreciation for the unique natural systems of Southwest Florida and to foster an understanding of earth and space sciences.
The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium is a private, not-for-profit environmental education center which offers fun for people of all ages! The Museum, Aviaries and Trails are open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm and on Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Please join Volunteer Docent Norm DeWolfe every Tuesday and Friday at 9:30am for a guided walk of the Cypress Swamp Boardwalk. He has been leading the walk for years and is one of the best interpreters of the swamp.
The Center consists of the Living Natural History Museum with live native animals including a bobcat, raccoons, foxes, Butterfly Aviary , and Audubon Aviary which houses permanently injured birds of prey (hawks, vultures, bald eagles, owls and more!), nature trails, a picnic area, a gift shop and a Planetarium which features astronomy programs.
The Center is located at 3450 Ortiz Avenue at the intersection of Colonial Blvd. and Six Mile Cypress in Fort Myers, one minute from I-75 at Exit 136. Additional information is available at www.CalusaNature.org or by calling 275-3435. Admission to the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium is $9 for adults and $6 for children (ages 3-12). This one-price admission includes the Museum, Butterfly Aviary, Trails, and all Planetarium shows scheduled that day. Group rates are available for 15 or more people. Family memberships are available which entitles members to free admission for a year and many other special prices on programs and discounts in the gift store. We welcome new volunteers; please call 275-3435 to schedule an orientation.
Programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, the South Florida Water Management District, and the West Coast Inland Navigation District.