Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium
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Spend an evening connecting with nature & Discovery Channel's Emmy Award Winning Cinematographer & Producer Andy Brandy Casagrande IV, benefiting Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium's 2017-2020 Revitalization Plan.

Join us and Animal Abassadors: Birds of Prey, Baby Alligator and Trouper the Blind Raccoon for a Cocktail Party, Chef's Selections, Wildlife Presentations, Silent and Live Auction.


Saturday, October 1, 2016
7:00 - 10:00 pm | $125 Per Person

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"Concept Home" of
13733 Brynwood Lane, Fort Myers, FL 33912

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VIP Experience

6:00 - 7:00 pm | $250 Per Person

The VIP experience includes a special session & photo opportunity with our guest of honor Mr. Casagrande, a private tour of the host's concept home, photos with on-site animal ambassadors, a signature drink, membership to Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium, and much more.

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A Message from CNCP Event Chair

Brandon Phillips

I am very excited to announce that the Fall of 2016 is the kickoff for the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium (CNCP) "Return to Nature" celebration. Our revitalization efforts focus on making CNCP one of the premiere nature centers in the United States. With eco-tourism as a vital source of income and attention for our region, the "Return to Nature" Campaign was inspired by the CNCP strategic mission to connect people with nature, as well as reminding residents of the long, rich history CNCP has played in environmental education for over 40 years in SWFL.

Your role in helping us to achieve this vision will not go unnoticed by our loyal following who are residents and visitors of SWFL. As we near the Center's 50th anniversary, it is important that our community not only return to nature with all its health & wellness benefits, but return to the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium to enjoy its vast history and expert resources, and take part in the development of its future.

A group of concerned community leaders, under the direction of an engaged Board of Directors, created this fundraising effort to support the CNCP and its wildlife, and to further the strategic efforts of CNCP including the protection of Lee County's unique natural environment and overall quality of life. Under the leadership of Board Chairman Dr. Bill Hammond, John Cassani, past Chairman, and the "Return to Nature" Committee, we can assure that all proceeds raised will be used to revitalize the CNCP as a premiere community cornerstone for environmental educational excellence while continuing the mission of connecting people with nature.

The 2017-2020 CNCP Strategic Revitalization Plan includes fundraising for:

  • Reestablishing the CNCP Environmental Education team to reach thousands of students in Lee County schools.
  • Staff and associated costs which allow CNCP to advocate for environmental and wildlife conservation efforts in Lee County and throughout SWFL.
  • Staff and associated costs, including an Executive Director, Director of Animal Care & Wildlife, and Program Managers, which enable CNCP to actively engage children and adults in the SWFL environment with wildlife and conservation opportunities.
  • CNCP Facility improvements including:
    1. > Expansion and renovation of CNCP's Planetarium
    2. > Development of new Nature Exploration & Play Area for children & families
    3. > Revitalization of exhibits for aviary, alligator, raccoon, bobcat, and Florida panther
    4. > Replacement of roof, windows, and CNCP roadside signage
  • Care of CNCP new wildlife, including food, medicine and cost of veterinary care.
  • Technology upgrades, including phones, computers, LED lighting, presentation equipment and cameras for research on the CNCP grounds.
  • Ancillary programs, such as intern program, summer camp, scholarships for "at-risk" kids, transportation for student field trips, and response to calls about injured wildlife. Our hope is that you share the vision of connecting people with nature.
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Andy Brandy Casagrande IV

Special Guest Speaker

2013 Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinemotography - Documentary
2011 Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography - Nature

Emmy Award Winning Cinematographer

Andy Casagrande is a two-time Emmy Award winning cinematographer, field producer & television presenter specializing in wildlife and adventure documentaries around the world. He joins CNCP at the "Return to Nature" event on October 1, 2016 to share his unique perspective of nature and his adventures making documentaries.

From king cobras and killer whales, to great white sharks and polar bears, Andy's innovative cinematography and unorthodox camera techniques are helping revolutionize the way the world sees and perceives wildlife. Andy sheds new light and perspective into the hidden lives of the planet's most feared and misunderstood predators.

The VIP Experience

With more than 100 wildlife film credits to his name Andy has shot, produced & hosted films for the world's top television networks including National Geographic, BBC, Discovery Shark Week, ABC, NBC, CBS, Animal Planet, etc. Andy's life-long mission is to inspire people to care about our planet and its vanishing wildlife.

The VIP Experience includes a personal Meet & Greet with Andy, photo opportunity with him as well as on-site animal ambassadors Bald Eagle, Owl, Baby Alligator & Trouper the Blind Raccoon, a private tour of the host's concept home, signature drink, and much more.

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CNCP's mission is
"Connecting People with Nature"


CNCP 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, live animal exhibits, a gift shop and meeting and picnic areas where visitors can learn about Southwest Florida's natural history. Daily educational programs allow an up close and personal view of some of our resident creatures. The stars are always out in our Planetarium, the only one in our region.

The CNCP is truly a center dedicated to nature. Our facilities are utilized for CNCP presentations, classes, and camps for children and adults, as well as used by numerous groups and organizations for their meetings and programs.

Presenting Panther Sponsor


Eagle Sponsor


Alligator Sponsor


Owl Sponsor


Trouper the Blind Raccoon Sponsor


Underwriting Sponsorships

Invitation & Program

  • (6) Tickets to the Event
  • Logo in Event Program and signage at Event
  • Acknowledged in CNCP social media posts and websites
  • (2) one-year family memberships
  • (4) one-year individual memberships


  • (6) Tickets to VIP Experience
  • Logo in Event Program and displayed on bar and beverage station(s)
  • Acknowledged in CNCP social media posts and websites
  • (2) one-year family memberships
  • (4) one-year individual memberships

Sights & Sounds (AV or Photo Booth)

  • (4) VIP Tickets to the Event
  • Logo in Event Program and signage at Event
  • Acknowledged in CNCP social media posts and websites
  • (1) one-year family membership
  • (1) one-year individual membership

Flora & Fauna (Decoration)

  • (4) VIP Tickets to the Event
  • Logo in Event Program and signage at Event
  • Included in CNCP social media posts and websites
  • (1) one-year family memberships
  • One half-page ad in the program