UPCOMING EVENTS........March 10th Spaghetti Dinner with Music!!......David Sussman Closing Reception & Raffle on March 22nd.......Spring Field Camp for kids........


Photograph of CEO Doris Button

Doris Button

As CEO of the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, 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!

*Nature Preserved Exhibit by David W. Sussman*.

Nature Preserved Exhibit by David W.Sussman

This exhibit includes one of the finest collections of our natural habitat in Charlotte Harbor ever to be seen at one location and by one artist. Over 50 canvas' and prints on display, from a life size Florida panther to microscopic vegetation spores. Mr. Sussman captures his images through a variety of lenses and aerial photography using his sUAS. This collection took years of research and field work. Placards with historic and local information about his subjects are also on display. He photographs, processes, prints, stretches and frames all of his own work.

The exhibit is November 27th though March 30th at our Alligator Creek location in Punta Gorda. Other dates to mark on your calendar:

  • Social Hour/Exhibit Lectures on Jan. 25th and February 8th from 5-7pm with a $10 recommended donation.

  • Closing Reception and Raffle Drawing will be Thursday, March 22nd at 5-7pm.

  • Reservations recommended, please call (941) 575-5435

*Special Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser with Music on March 10, 2018

Join us for a tasty spaghetti dinner with music, sponsored by the South Punta Gorda Heights Civic Association and benefitting the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center. Music will be by Michael Haymans. The event begins at 6pm with dinner served at 6:30pm. Tickets are $15.00 each.

You may contact CHEC at 941-575-5435, or Rose at 941-457-2923 for tickets, or you may click on the link, print out the form and mail it to CHEC (P.O. Box 512876, Punta Gorda, Fl. 33951) with the check made out to SPGHCA. Spaghetti Dinner Tickets and Information

*"Changing Faces of Nature" Program on March 14, 2018

Charles Sobczak, author of several books including "Six Mornings on Sanibel", will lead us on a funny and unique look at how wildlife is evolving and adapting to the urban, suburban, and rural landscapes dramatically altered by mankind. In addition to the lecture, the evening will include complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres and a book signing with the author. Food and mingling is from 5-6 p.m. The lecture is from 6-7 p.m.

The fee for this program is $8 per person for CHEC members and $12 for non-members. Become a member today! This event will be at the Alligator Creek location in the Caniff Visitor's Center (10941 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33955).

Call 941.575.5435 for information and/or reservations. Space is limited.

Cedar Point Visitor's Center

*KIDS!!!--- Go To "OUR ACTIVITIES" page to Check out Spring Break Camp as a PALEO-EXPLORER!!

Our locations:

Caniff Visitor's Center at Alligator Creek

Alligator Creek Location

Visitor's Center at Cedar Point

Cedar Point Location