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Insectarium Exhibit to open at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

September 15, 2009
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

A new Insectarium exhibit will open at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium Sept. 26.

Join the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium as they explore the vast, varied, and fascinating world of insects in our newest exhibit room, the Insectarium! This one-of-a kind exhibit will provide adults and children alike the opportunity to immerse themselves in the microcosmos of the insect, and view life from a "bug's eye view." Hosting live insect specimens and interactive displays for adults and children, the Insectarium will awe, inspire, and educate visitors about the benefits of insects, their complexity, and separate insect fact from fiction.

Visitors attending the Insectarium grand opening will be able to meet live insects up close, make buggy crafts, meet an entomologist and ask bug questions, dress like a bug, taste cricket cookies, and have a favorite bug painted on their faces. Activities will be held throughout the day. Teachers, this is a great opportunity to preview our newest guided program for your class field trips!

Admission to the Insectarium Grand Opening, set for 10 a.m.3 p.m., is included with regular Nature Center admission, which is $9 for adults, $6 for children (ages 3-12) and free for members and children ages 2 and younger. This also includes admission to the Natural History Museum, trails, and all planetarium shows this day. Call 275-3435 for more information.

Source: Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

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At a Glance

The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium is a private, not-for-profit environmental education center which offers fun for people of all ages! Voted Best Nature Center in Florida for 2004 by the readers of Florida Monthly magazine. The Museum, Aviaries and Trails are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join Volunteer Docent Norm DeWolfe every Tuesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. 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 fox, bobcat, raccoons, Butterfly Aviary and Native Plant Nursery, an Audubon Aviary which houses permanently injured birds of prey (hawks, a vulture, two bald eagles, owls and more!), nature trails, a picnic area, a gift shop with an excellent assortment of nature books 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 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. The center welcomes 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.

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