UPCOMING EVENTS........KIDS sign up for SPRING and SUMMER CAMP now! Information and how to sign up can be found on the "For Kids" page. Spaces are limited so sign up now! Parents, there may be scholarships available, too!!............

Welcome to Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center

Photograph of CEO Doris Button

Doris Button

As CEO of the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC), I would like to welcome you to visit us at our two locations, Alligator Creek Preserve in Punta Gorda and Cedar Point Park in Englewood. CHEC is a local environmental non-profit organization established in 1987 with a mission to promote environmental education, conservation, protection and preservation of our natural areas for today and future generations.

The Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center provides hands-on educational experiences on water and land. Our programs are designed for children and adults at all levels of knowledge. Activities and resources that we offer include hiking our trails at your leisure, guided hikes with one of our Naturalists, photography exhibits, a unique gift shop, movie programs with discussions, focused lectures by Florida Master Naturalists, scientists, and historians, public wading sea grass adventures in our estuaries, fishing clinics, nature camps for school children, and a native plant nursery.

We value our wonderful volunteers and members. We would love to meet with you and discuss how you can join us, as a volunteer, member, or both! Members receive special “gifts” and benefits, along with knowing they are supporting field trips for school children and our other programs and services. I invite you to stop by and visit with us!


Thanks..... all of you who attended and supported the Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser! It was a huge success! Special thanks to Volunteer Rose Isaksen for doing this fundraiser, and the South Punta Gorda Heights Civic Association.

Cedar Point Visitor's Center

*KIDS!!!-Check Out Information on PALEO-EXPLORER Spring Camp and SUMMER CAMP! Spaces are limited so sign up soon!!

Our locations:

Caniff Visitor's Center at Alligator Creek

Alligator Creek Location

Visitor's Center at Cedar Point

Cedar Point Location

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