Our Activities

Please contact us to learn more about our activities and visit our calendar for upcoming events.

Summer Eco-Camps

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, fill in the Registration Forms and turn them in to the Alligator Creek location along with payment for the camp. Call the host camp with any field camp questions.

at Alligator Creek Preserve, Punta Gorda (2017/2018 4th Graders)

(This Summer Camp Program is for 2017/2018 4th grade students ONLY.)
For more information call 941-575-5435 x203 or email Dorothea@checflorida.org

LEARNING SCIENCE...DOING ART (June 4-8, 2018 OR June 18-22, 2018 from 9am to 3pm)
Each day students will investigate a particular scientific focus then return inside for group discussion, art activities, and then a story or video. Science art work will be used to make a book each student will take home at the end of the week.

NO Pre/Post Care is offered with this program. Space is very limited so sign up early by handing in the summer camp registration forms. Scholarships may be available. For scholarships, you need to complete the additional forms and letter from student.

For additional Summer camp information, please click on this link.

To register your child for "Science Thru Art --4th Grade ONLY" summer camp, fill in and submit the Registration Forms.

To request consideration for a scholarship, complete the Scholarship Application Form and have a Teacher complete the Teacher Recommendation Form.

at Alligator Creek Preserve, Punta Gorda (6-12 year olds)

(for 6-12 year olds)
For more information call 941-575-5435 or email becky@checflorida.org

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.

For additional Summer camp information, please click on this link.

at Cedar Point Park, Englewood

(8-13 year olds)
For more information call 941-475-0769 or email  bobbi@checflorida.org

LEARN TO FISH -Two sessions (June 11-15, 2018 and June 18-22, 2018)
Knot tying, fish identification, cast netting, rods and reels, and more. All instruction is delivered in collaboration with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission through games, practice, and surf fishing in Lemon Bay.

For additional Cedar Point Summer camp information, please click on this link.

Camp Hours and Pricing

Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
$150 for the week.
Pre-care is available from 8 a.m.– 9 a.m. for $5/day or $20/week.
Post-care is available from 3p.m. – 5 p.m. for $10/day or $40/week.
Camp fee includes activities, a field trip, a t-shirt and more. Lunch and snacks are not provided. Payment is due in full at time of registration.


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School Children at Alligator Creek

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.


Check the calendar for upcoming events

Volunteer Water Monitoring Program

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.


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Cleanup by Adopt A Pond

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:

  • E-mail: Bobbi Rodgers
  • 2300 Placida Road
  • Englewood, Fl 34224
  • Mailing address: P.O. Box 163
  • Englewood, Fl 34295
  • Telephone: (941) 475-0769

  • 941) 475-0769

Volunteer Opportunities

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.