2017-04-20 / Top News

Calusa Nature Center hosts full day of Earth Day events

The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium will host a full day of Earth Day activities, from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. designed to educate, empower and elevate environmental awareness on Saturday, April 22 at the center located at 3450 Ortiz Ave., Fort Myers.

CNCP Earth Day activities will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., where attendees will participate in arts and crafts, enjoy Calusa Carvers woodworking and Skunk Lady demonstrations, and participate in live animal encounters throughout the day.

There is also opportunity to lend a “volunteer” hand in Earth Day projects around the center, such as raking, painting, and tree planting.

Special timed activities are:

• 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Family fun with “Water and Trees” theme that includes a time spent singing, dancing and making arts & crafts.

• 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Storytelling at the Fire Pit.

• 1 p.m.: Live animal show in the Museum starring CNCP’s animal and reptile residents.

• Noon, 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.: See stars in one of three Planetarium Shows.

Admission for the day is $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 3-12). In the evening at 6 p.m., Earth Day continues with “Expedition Calusa,” a VIP reception hosted by the CNCP Board of Directors to share efforts to improve facilities, programs, and impact on the region.

As the area’s only urban nature center, with 105-acres of trails in the heart of Fort Myers, it is vital that this 48-year-old community center be reinvigorated by caring members of our community.

“The goal is to inform and excite the Southwest Florida community about the future of the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium,” says Larry Aguilar, CNCP’s new Executive Director. “Like a butterfly, we are in metamorphosis and we will see it come into full beauty with the strong support of our community. Expedition Calusa will set the tone for the future, and we hope to raise significant funds, as well, to further our mission.”

Expedition Calusa Food, Wine and Entertainment Sponsors are Chef Keith Meyer, Ada’s Market, Moody River Grille, Prawnbroker Group, Ellie Bee Bakery, chocolatier Norman Love, and entertainment from Aïyb Dieng, a world-renowned Senegalese drummer, and students from the Cypress Lake High School creative arts.

Funds raised will support infrastructure improvements, animal care, staffing and program development.

A limited number of VIP reception tickets are available, and the event is free but RSVP is required by emailing Director Larry Aguilar at director@calusanature.org or calling (239) 275-3435. ¦

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