Our Activities

Please contact us to learn more about our activities and visit our calendar for our upcoming events.

Summer Eco-Camps

Alligator Creek Preserve Punta Gorda (6-10 yr olds)

  • Creepy Creature Capers June 6-10 or July 11-15
    • Slithering serpents, bustling bats, & all the creepy critters that just BUG you out! Dispel common misconceptions & learn why these creatures need our protection too.
  • Kids Gone Coastal June 13-17 or July 18-22
    • Get out get wet, and get wild! learn all about our local estuary system and creatures that live where the river meets the sea. Take home water conservation tips and improve the health of our local watershed.
  • Birds, Blooms, and Bees June 20-24 or July 25-29
    • What’s the buzz with all those buds? Discover native plants & the pollinators that help them
      prosper. Use this information to create a thriving garden of your own.
  • For more infomation on Alligator Creek Preserve camp contact (941) 575-5435 or thomas@checflorida.org

Cedar Point Environmental Park, englewood (8-13 yr olds)

  • Learn to Fish June 13 – 17 or July 11 – 15
    • Knot tying, fish identification, cast netting, rods
      & reels, and more. All instruction is delivered in
      collaboration with the Florida Fish & Wildlife
      Conservation Commission through games,
      practice & time surf fishing in Lemon Bay.
  • La Florida: The Natives June 20 – 24 or July 18 – 22
    • Discover the natives of Florida…the people, the
      plants, & the wildlife. Search the grounds for
      those that live here now & may have lived here
      long ago.
  • CHEC Rangers June 27 – July 1 or July 25 – 29
    • Become a CHEC Ranger! Collect scientific data,
      explore the woods with a map & compass,
      identify medicinal plants & learn about land
      management techniques.
  • For more infomation on Cedar Point Environmental Park camp contact (941) 475-0769 or bobbi@checflorida.org

Regular Camp Hours & Pricing

  • Monday-Friday 9:00am- 4:00pm ($125 for members or $150 for non-members) (all pricing excludes sales tax)
  • Pre-care & after-care available for a fee Payment is due in FULL at time of registration
  • Registration must be completed by June 3rd
  • Campers MUST wear camp T-shirt on field trip dates
  • Lunch and snacks are NOT provided
  • Print camp infomation

SCHOOL PROGRAMS

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Youths at Alligator Creek

Our 4th grade field studies program is a two-day field trip. One day is spent exploring our natural land habitats and the other is spent exploring the Peace River or Lemon Bay estuaries. This is a curriculum based program, with knowledgeable naturalist guides.

2nd grade wading trips are available to public, private and home-schooled 2nd grade level classes. Teachers, chaperons and students explore our sea-grass beds and learn about the importance of this habitat. These programs are free to the class, thanks to our sponsors.

3rd grade Estuary & Manatee programs are available for third grade level students. This program is held in the classroom. CHEC staff visits schools and presents an informative, educational program to the students. These programs are free to the class, thanks to our sponsors.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS


Public programs are currently on summer hiatus


Volunteer Water Monitoring Program

Lemon Bay Program volunteers monitor 17 locations within the Lemon Bay area; testing pH, temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen and more.

Punta Gorda Canal Program volunteers monitor 6 canal locations within Punta Gorda Isles and Burnt Store Isles; testing pH, temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen and more.

Adopt-A-Pond

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Cleanup by Adopt A Pond

Adopt-A-Pond program is collaboration between Charlotte County Stormwater Department and Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC). The program helps clean up Charlotte County Stormwater ponds through the use of volunteers.

Anyone can adopt a pond; family, civic or non-profit organizations, schools, environmental groups, commercial or private enterprises. The group's only obligation is to provide clean-up for their adopted ponds at regularly scheduled times. In exchange for service, a sign will be posted near the pond to recognize the volunteers or organization.

A Stormwater pond is part of the infrastructure for land use management. The pond provides for water quality protection, as well as, flood protection. Cleaning up our ponds improves the water quality and improves the natural habitat for fish and wildlife.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Adopt-A-Pond Volunteer Coordinator:

Volunteer Opportunities

CHEC offers numerous opportunities for volunteers - gift shop and visitor center attendants, trail guides, trail maintenance, butterfly gardening and more… For additional information, please visit our volunteer page.