Upcoming Events

2014 Summer Eco-Day Camp is fast approaching. Time to register is now!

Our Activities

Please contact us to learn more about our activites and visit our calendar for our upcoming events. We also invite you to read our latest newletter here...


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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.


Eco-Summer Camp

CHEC hold a week long summer camp at Alligator Creek Preserve and Cedar Point Environmental Park each summer. These camps are for children 8 to 14 years of age. Campers participate in outdoor education, crafts, field trips and more. There is a registration fee of $60.00 per child.


Wading Sea-grass Adventures

Explore our sea-grass beds and discover a multitude of sea-creatures in this aquatic habitat. These adventures are free, thanks to our sponsors.

Guided Hikes

A two hour guided walk exploring the areas habitats and wildlife on local conservation properties. These walks are free, thanks to our sponsors.

Estuary Pontoon Boat Journeys

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Estuaries exploration

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.

Speaker Programs

We arrange sessions for the general public, on a variety of environmental topics throughout the year, by experts in their field.

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.