Our Activities

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

Summer Eco-Camps

Each summer Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center provides summer environmental camps. Take a look at summer 2017 camp infomation.

Alligator Creek Preserve, Punta Gorda
(6-12 year olds)
941-575-5435 or becky@checflorida.org

Environmental Science Safari
June 5 – 9, 2017
Explore diverse habitats, what lives there, and how they interact. Campers will perform experiments, hikes, crafts and more to discover the natural world around us.

Marine Science Excursion
June 12 – 16, 2017
More than 70% of the world is covered with water! Learn about this life-depending liquid, what lives in it, and why it’s so important… and be prepared to get wet! This camp includes fishing activities delivered in collaboration with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Wild Creature Quest
June 19 – 23, 2017
Get ready to explore the wild world of animals! From the hairy to the scaly, the slimy to the feathered, campers will discover fascinating creatures big and small.

Cedar Point Park, Englewood
(8-13 year olds)
941-475-0769 or  bobbi@checflorida.org

La Florida: The Natives
June 12 – 16, 2017
Discover the natives of Florida...the people, the plants, and the wildlife. Search the grounds for those that live here now and those that may have lived here before.

Be a CHEC Ranger
June 19 – 23, 2017
Become a CHEC Ranger! Collect scientific data, explore the woods with a map and compass, identify medicinal plants, and learn about land management techniques.

Learn to Fish
June 26 – 30, 2017
Knot tying, fish identification, cast netting, rods and reels, and more. All instruction is delivered in collaboration with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission through games, practice, and surf fishing in Lemon Bay.

Camp Hours and Pricing

Monday – Friday from 9am – 3pm
$135/week for CHEC members; $150/week for non-members
Pre-care is available from 8 – 9am for $5/day or $20/week.
Post-care is available from 3 – 5pm for $10/day or $40/week.
Camp fee includes activities, a field trip, a t-shirt and more. Lunch and snacks are not provided. Payment is due in full at time of registration.


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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.


Check the calendar for upcoming events

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.


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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.