Established in 1970, Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium has been a part of the Southwest Florida community for nearly 50 years! Our mission, inspiring people to connect with nature, is accomplished by educating both children and adults about our unique ecosystem and environmental issues concerning our area. We strive to provide a holistic environmental education program encompassing all areas from astronomy through ecology to zoology. Our 105-acre site is home to many rescue animals, butterfly aviary, raptor aviary, two nature trails, our area’s only large-dome planetarium theater, and much more! More than 50 exhibits including aquaria, terraria, historical artifacts and dioramas help visitors to explore the wonders of Earth and space around us!