Welcome to CHEC

We are a local environmental non-profit established in 1987, with an engaged board of directors and volunteers. We promote environmental conservation, protection and the preservation of our natural areas for today and future generations. Our focus is in the greater Charlotte Harbor and Lemon Bay region. We share these responsibilities with our volunteers, the community and visitors.

*NEW* 2017 Fall Break Camp

Enroll your kids in a week-long adventure of learning and excitement! Camp includes outdoor excursions, science experiments, crafts, games, and more led by trained educators. Fall break camp is offered to students in grades 2-5.
  • Florida’s Wild Habitats
  • October 16 – 20, 2017
  • Explore diverse habitats through hands-on activities, games, hikes and more. Campers will discover pine flatwoods, hammocks, marshes, freshwater ponds, and other native Florida habitats along with the incredible wildlife that calls them home.
  • For more information.

Check out Harbor Style magazine's recent article about us. "For the Love of Nature"

Protection Water Resources, Habitats and Wildlife

Boat trip

Our focus is to provide hands-on programming-on water and land. Our programs are designed for children and adults at all levels of knowledge. We offer wading sea-grass adventures, pontoon boat journeys, guided hikes and more. We seek to strengthen stewardship through environmental education and recreation activities.

Our locations

Caniff Center at Alligator Creek

Alligator Creek Location

Education center at Cedar Point

Cedar Point Location