To raise public awareness of the value of our natural and cultural resources by providing environmental education, recreation, research, and management of conservation lands.
The Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center “CHEC,” a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, founded in 1987, has been providing environmental education, recreation, environmental research, and conservation lands management services to the citizens and visitors of the greater Charlotte Harbor area. Find out how you can get involved with CHEC and our programs.
In 1983, Charles E. Caniff envisioned and worked toward creating a center in Charlotte County, Florida; where children and adults could come to experience and learn about the natural Florida environment.
Thanks to Mr. Caniff's hard work and dedication, and the support of Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center's sponsors, the Alligator Creek and Cedar Point Centers provide over 20 different educational programs, manage 8 environmentally sensitive lands and provide a total of over 8 miles of hiking trails and other recreational opportunities to the community.