Please contact us to learn more about our activities and visit our calendar for our upcoming events. We also invite you to read our latest Activity Guide.
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.
Do you have an environmentally focused middle or high school student? CHEC offers programs that cater to these interests too!
FREE!!! Introduce your preschoolers to the wonderful world of nature with educator led activities, crafts, and storybook readings. Begins at 10am in the Caniff Education Center. For additional information contact Ashley (941) 575-5435 Dates: 1/13, 1/27, 2/10, 2/24, 3/10, 3/24, 4/14, 4/28, 5/12, 5/26
Join expert led hikes to archeological sites on the Preserve. Hikes leave from Alligator Creek at 10am. $25. Dates: 2/26, 3/26, 4/23.
Explore our sea-grass beds and discover a multitude of sea-creatures in this aquatic habitat. Pre-registration required. Get your feet wet as you learn about the world's largest protected estuary and the unique animals that live where the river meets the sea. Trips begin from Ponce DeLeon Park at 10 am. Dates: 1/3, 1/19, 2/7, 2/16, 3/10, 3/12, 3/14, 4/3, 4/18, 4/30, 5/9, 5/14, 5/25
Explore hiking trails and wetlands led by enthusiastic naturalists. Participants will see local wildlife and learn about natural Florida. Dates: Tues, Thur, & Sat at 10 am
Enjoy a nature film then discuss conservation with like-minded citizens and volunteer naturalists. Film begins at 10:30am in the Alligator Creek Welcome Center. Dates: 1/7, 1/21, 2/4, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18, 4/1
Pre-Registration Required. All trips depart from Alligator Creek Preserve at 8am for $45 per participant. (Excludes Cuba Excursion)
Explore our estuaries on a pontoon boat, piloted by a licensed captain and interpreted by a naturalist guide. Enjoy the abundance of aquatic wildlife on these two hour tours. These tours are free, thanks to our sponsors.
Pre-registration Required Witness spectacular sunsets, moonlit skies, and a myriad of wading birds all while sampling regional brews and learning about our local estuary system. Cruise departs from Punta Gorda Marina at sunset. Offered for a suggested donation of $25 per participant. Dates: 1/5, 2/4, 3/5, 4/4 & 5/4
All lectures and book-signings begin at 5pm in
the Alligator Creek Welcome Center for $25 per
participant. Members are FREE.
Pre-registration Required Combine exercise with the great outdoors for a calming fitness regime designed to keep participants healthy, motivated and eager for the possibility of encountering wildlife.
Learn how to preserve native fruits and make desserts with fresh, local honey. Begins at 10am in the Alligator Creek Welcome Center for $15 per participant. Dates 2/5, 3/5, 4/2
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 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:
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.