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Calusa Nature Center And Planetarium

3450 Ortiz Avenue

The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium is a private, not for profit, environmental education organization located in Fort Myers, Florida.  Our 105 acre site has a museum, three nature trails, a Planetarium, butterfly and bird aviaries, a gift shop and meeting and picnic areas.

Strolling through our Museum, visitors can learn about Southwest Florida's natural history.  Daily educational programs allow visitors an up close and personal view of some of our resident creatures, including a skunk, a raccoon, fox, Butterfly Aviary, and an Audubon Aviary which houses permanently injured birds of prey (hawks, vultures, bald eagles, owls and more!).

Various reptiles, amphibians and arthropods are also waiting for you. The Museum's interpretive displays address many issues affecting our area, from water resources to the plight of the endangered manatee.

The stars are always out in our Planetarium, the only one south of Bradenton and west of the Miami!  Check the Planetarium pages for astronomical happenings and other special events.

Our Museum, Planetarium and large portions of our nature trails are accessible to people with disabilities.

Our Gift Shop has a wide variety of natural history merchandise for all ages, from books to jewelry.  Be sure to check it out on your next visit.

The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium is truly a center.  In addition to our regular collection of programs and hosting of special events, our facilities are utilized by numerous groups and organizations for their regular meetings and special programs.  When you or your business need a unique and convenient site for your next meeting, presentation, birthday party or picnic, please contact us to see what we can offer.


Isaia Gonzalez

Thursday, June 7, 2018
My girlfriend took me here on a date and within a week I was volunteering here. The staff are nothing but friendly and cool people. The place is like a Disney film from the 90’s! I have yet to have a day where I’ve come here and thought any less of this facility and faculty. It’s a wonderful and necessary education center that I hope to see prosper and stay for years to come!

Matthew Knight

Sunday, June 17, 2018
The sad thing about a lot of the negative reviews is people fail to realize that the nature center is barely able to stay open a good percent of their staff are volunteers. You pay a small amount of money that isn't much and complain about small things. Yes, the projector that the shows are seen on is really outdated but you do realize that them things cost almost more then a house... I'm pretty sure over $10,000 easy. With a non-profit place like this not even possible to get. Their only income is from donations and you coming to visit. They don't get Government handouts in fact some of the higher up's would rather shut the place down and sell the land then to keep the place open. Day's like this I wish a could win the lottery because I'd end up buying the place. To secure the future of it for future generations. Sad thing is kids these day's have lost touch with the interest of nature and would rather sit at home playing video games rather then out being with nature catching lizards, frogs, ect and enjoying something that is a dying thing in today's world. Personally if I had transportation I'd Volunteer as much as I was allowed, I'm only about 5 minute drive up from there. Being on disability with no car makes it a bit hard to get up there. If it wasn't for my astronomy club vice president I wouldn't always be able to make it to club meetings. I wish people would realize that this place is really doing the best it can under the circumstances. It's like what $10 dollars a person? They would be lucky on a ''good'' day to make around $500 give or take.

Michael Aulenbach

Thursday, March 8, 2018
I have lived in Fort Myers for over 30 years. Both my daughter and grandkids really enjoy this nature Center. They're is also a planetarium which has laser light shows located on site. If you are going to walk the trails plan on spending at least two hours there. If not at least an hour. They have nice exhibits and even some regarding local items and subjects. They provide homes for a number of injured animals that could not be returned to the wild. Nice friendly staff and volunteers.

Carlos Gonzalez

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Interesting place, especially the Planetarium. You can see the animals quite close. Good to visit with children.

Haider Qureshi

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
I don’t usually leave reviews but after seeing this place I have to. The bald eagle they have is in such a small cage that I don’t even think it can fully spread it’s wings let alone FLY. It just looks depressed and hasn’t changed it’s position for an hour since I’ve been here. Are bald eagles meant to sit down for their entire lives and stare at walls? It’s saddening to see what they are doing to this majestic creature.

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