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Lectures - Punta Gorda

Join us throughout the 2023-2024 season for environmentally-themed presentations by experts in their fields.  All lectures are $5.00 per person, pre-paid.  Seating is limited to 25 persons per lecture.  Register and pay online today!

  • Weeds & Seeds - A History of Dining in Southern Florida
    Weeds & Seeds - A History of Dining in Southern Florida
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, Dec 08
    Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center
    Dec 08, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, 10941 Burnt Store Rd, Punta Gorda, FL 33955, USA
    Cattle, citrus and many other common foods today were brought to Florida by the Spanish. But what were people eating before then? Find out by exploring topics such as environment, flora/fauna, archaeological research and historical documents.
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  • Surviving the Storms:  Hurricanes, Humans & Wildlife
    Surviving the Storms:  Hurricanes, Humans & Wildlife
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, Dec 15
    Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center
    Dec 15, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, 10941 Burnt Store Rd, Punta Gorda, FL 33955, USA
    How does a gopher tortoise survive an 8-foot storm surge? What happens to freshwater fish when their ponds become filled with saltwater? Examine these and other questions as they pertain to hurricanes' impact on the Sunshine state and beyond.
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  • Florida-Friendly Landscaping
    Florida-Friendly Landscaping
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, Jan 19
    Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center
    Jan 19, 2024, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, 10941 Burnt Store Rd, Punta Gorda, FL 33955, USA
    Your gardening choices can have an impact on land, water, wildlife and the overall well-being of Florida's residents. The Florida-Friendly Landscape program can help you learn how to have healthy and beautiful landscapes that protect Florida's natural resources.
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  • Butterfly Gardening 101
    Butterfly Gardening 101
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, Feb 09
    Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center
    Feb 09, 2024, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, 10941 Burnt Store Rd, Punta Gorda, FL 33955, USA
    Sara Weber tells us how to attract beautiful, beneficial butterflies to our Florida-friendly landscapes. Learn the basics of butterfly gardening in SWFL including plant selection, local species ID, benefits, and how to have a yard both low in maintenance and environmentally friendly.
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  • Featured Creatures A to Z
    Featured Creatures A to Z
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, Feb 16
    Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center
    Feb 16, 2024, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, 10941 Burnt Store Rd, Punta Gorda, FL 33955, USA
    This is an introduction and sampling into the UF/IFAS Entomology & Nematology/FDACS/DPI Featured Creatures website. Mr. Mitchell will select and discuss various local insects/non-insects (alphabetically) that you might encounter in local landscapes and natural areas.
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  • In the Beginning:  Punta Gorda and Charlotte Harbor
    In the Beginning:  Punta Gorda and Charlotte Harbor
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, Mar 15
    Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center
    Mar 15, 2024, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, 10941 Burnt Store Rd, Punta Gorda, FL 33955, USA
    This lecture will focus on flora, fauna, and Marian McAdow, the greening of Punta Gorda. Also covered will be the Peace River, riverboats, the fishing industry and regulations, and tarpon fishing in Charlotte Harbor.
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  • Exploring the Everglades Watershed
    Exploring the Everglades Watershed
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, Apr 05
    Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center
    Apr 05, 2024, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, 10941 Burnt Store Rd, Punta Gorda, FL 33955, USA
    This is an introduction to the Everglades, home to many different plants, animals and habitats. Learn about the historic Everglades watershed and the changes the ecosystem has undergone in the last 150 years. Discuss threats to the Everglades and how these problems are being addressed.
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