Mission Statement

To raise public awareness of the value of our natural and cultural resources by providing environmental education, recreation, research, and management of conservation lands.

About CHEC

Eagle Nest
Eagles at Cedar Point

The Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center “CHEC,” a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, founded in 1987, has been providing environmental education, recreation, environmental research, and conservation lands management services to the citizens and visitors of the greater Charlotte Harbor area. Find out how you can get involved with CHEC and our programs.

Charles E. Caniff
Charles E. Caniff

In 1983, Charles E. Caniff envisioned and worked toward creating a center in Charlotte County, Florida; where children and adults could come to experience and learn about the natural Florida environment.

Thanks to Mr. Caniff's hard work and dedication, and the support of Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center's sponsors, the Alligator Creek and Cedar Point Centers provide over 20 different educational programs, manage 8 environmentally sensitive lands and provide a total of over 8 miles of hiking trails and other recreational opportunities to the community.


Sign PlacementBoard of Directors

  • Board President: Michael Haymans
  • Vice President: Allen May
  • Interim Treasurer: Allen May
  • Secretary: Tom Parker
  • CHEC CEO: Michael L. Bednar
  • Directors:
    • David Abderhalden
    • John Aspiolea
    • David Evans
    • Tony Dunbar
    • Joseph Tiseo (Charlotte County Commissioner Representative)
    • Ken Doherty (Alternate Charlotte County Commissioner Representative)
    • Melissa Lockhart (City of Punta Gorda Representative)
    • Cara Reynolds (Charlotte County School Board Representative)
    • Kerry Bowers (Peace River Audubon Society Representative)