Please contact us to learn more about our activities and visit our calendar for upcoming events.
Enroll your kids in a week-long adventure of learning and excitement! Each session includes outdoor excursions, science experiments, crafts, games, and theme-specific field trips led by trained educators.
To register your child for summer camp, click the appropriate camp link, fill out and submit the form. Spaces are limited so complete and submit your forms early!
NATURE QUEST (June 4 – 8, 2018)
From plants to animals to fungus, discover the incredibly diverse habitats around us and how everything interacts. Campers will perform experiments, hikes, crafts and more to explore the wonders of the natural world.
BE A SCIENTIST (June 11 – 15, 2018) Want to step into the shoes of a scientist? Research tiny life forms like a micro-biologist or galaxies like an astronomer: scientists try to find answers to mysteries about our world. Each day will highlight a different science.
FULL STEAM AHEAD (June 18 – 22, 2018) Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math through this hands-on week. Campers will learn about nature’s amazing adaptations and how humans have mimicked those adaptations with our inventions. To register your child for "Nature, Quest, Be A Scientist, or Full STEAM Ahead" summer camp, fill in and submit the Registration Forms.
For additional Summer camp information, please click on this link.
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, chaperones and students explore our sea-grass beds and learn about the importance of this habitat. These programs are free to the students, 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 classes, thanks to our sponsors.
Lemon Bay Program volunteers monitor 16 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.
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 with the help 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:
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.