Courtesy Bobbi Rodgers

Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center and the Charlotte County Natural Resource Department will be conducting the following free programs in December 2018. All programs can be found at CHECFlorida.org

Unless noted, all walks begin at 9:00 AM. For directions or further information, call Cedar Point Environmental Park at 941-475-0769  

Sunday December 2:  Join Ruth Ward on a guided walk through the old growth pine flatwoods and mangrove fringe of 125-acre Oyster Creek/Ann Dever Regional Park in Englewood. Meet at the San Casa entrance.

Monday December 3:  Join Al Squires on a guided walk through Tippecanoe II Mitigation Preserve in Port Charlotte. This 150-acre preserve is home to several families of the threatened Florida scrub jay. Meet in the parking lot.

Monday December 3:  Visit the CHEC Christmas & Holiday Tree at Cedar Point Environmental Park from December 5 through January 3. The tree is decorated by the Englewood Shell Club using decorations made entirely from shell. Visitor’s Center is open 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

Wednesday December 5:  Join Kate Borduas on a guided walk through 308-acre Tippecanoe Environmental Park. This Charlotte County park includes habitats such as scrub, pine flatwoods, marsh and wetlands. Meet behind the Charlotte County Sports Park.

Friday December 7:   Join Bob “Coop” Cooper on a guided walk through the 81-acre Bill Coy/Buck Creek Preserve in Englewood. The scrubby flatwoods and mangrove swamp border Buck Creek, which flows into Lemon Bay. Meet in the parking lot.

Tuesday December 11: Join Nancy Clayton on a birding walk through the scrub and pine flatwoods of 217-acre Amberjack Environmental Park in Cape Haze. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Gasparilla Pines Blvd at 8:00 AM.

Wednesday December 12: Join Bob “Coop” Cooper on a guided walk through the old growth pine flatwoods and mangrove fringe of 125-acre Oyster Creek/Ann Dever Regional Park in Englewood. Meet at the San Casa entrance.

Wednesday December 12: Get wild & wet! Join a CHEC Naturalist at Cedar Point Park on a Seagrass Adventure Wading Trip into Lemon Bay in search of marine organisms such as sea horse, crabs and juvenile fish. Registration required.

Thursday December 13: Join FL Master Naturalist Kate Borduas as she explores “New Zealand and Australia: Maori and Aborigine – Life at the Bottom of the World”, at Bayshore Live Oak Park in Port Charlotte at 10 AM. Reservations advised.

Thursday December 13: Join Al Squires on a guided walk through Tippecanoe II Mitigation Preserve in Port Charlotte. This 150-acre preserve is home to several families of the threatened Florida scrub jay. Meet in the parking lot.

Friday December 14: Join Ruth Ward on a guided walk through the scrub and pine flatwoods of 217-acre Amberjack Environmental Park in Cape Haze. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Gasparilla Pines Blvd.

Friday December 14: Join Cindy Christel and Phyllis Cady on a guided walk through Charlotte Flatwoods Environmental Park, a 487-acre Charlotte County property of mature pines, dry prairie, marsh wetlands and freshwater ponds. Its location adjourning state lands make it an important wildlife corridor. Meet at the parking lot on US 41 at 8:30 am.

Saturday December 15: Join Dave Clayton on a guided walk through the 81-acre Bill Coy/Buck Creek Preserve in Englewood. The scrubby flatwoods and mangrove swamp border Buck Creek, which flows into Lemon Bay. Meet in the parking lot.

Monday December 17 [CSC-B1]: Join Jean Leavitt on a guided walk through 308-acre Tippecanoe Environmental Park. This Charlotte County park includes habitats such as scrub, pine flatwoods, marsh and wetlands. Meet behind the Charlotte County Sports Park.

Wednesday December 19: Join Kate Borduas on a guided walk through the scrub and pine flatwoods of 217-acre Amberjack Environmental Park in Cape Haze. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Gasparilla Pines Blvd.

Wednesday December 19: Join Ruth Ward on a guided walk through the old growth pine flatwoods and mangrove fringe of 125-acre Oyster Creek/Ann Dever Regional Park in Englewood. Meet at the San Casa entrance.

Friday December 21:  Get wild & wet! Join a CHEC Naturalist at Cedar Point Park on a Seagrass Adventure Wading Trip into Lemon Bay in search of marine organisms such as sea horse, crabs and juvenile fish. Registration required.

Sunday December 23: Join Ruth Ward on a guided walk through the scrub and pine flatwoods of 217-acre Amberjack Environmental Park in Cape Haze. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Gasparilla Pines Blvd.

Wednesday December 26: Get wild & wet! Join a CHEC Naturalist at Cedar Point Park on a Seagrass Adventure Wading Trip into Lemon Bay in search of marine organisms such as sea horse, crabs and juvenile fish. Registration required.

Friday December 28:  Join Bob “Coop” Cooper on a guided walk through the old growth pine flatwoods and mangrove fringe of 125-acre Oyster Creek/Ann Dever Regional Park in Englewood. Meet at the San Casa entrance.

Saturday December 29: Join Dave Clayton on a guided walk through the scrub and pine flatwoods of 217-acre Amberjack Environmental Park in Cape Haze. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Gasparilla Pines Blvd.

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Wading Trips

Take a walk on the wet side!  Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, Inc. (CHEC) will be conducting free Seagrass Adventure Estuary Wading Trips at Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Road, Englewood at 9 AM on the following dates:
 
December 12, 2018
December 21, 2018
December 26, 2018       FULL
January 4, 2019
January 15, 2019
January 28, 2019
February 8, 2019
February 18, 2019
March 19, 2019
 
After an introductory program on aquatic environments, participants will walk a short distance to Lemon Bay where, using dip nets and hand viewers, they will wade into the shallow waters in search of the plants and animals that reside there.  This exciting hands-on activity is both educational and fun for people of all ages. Participation is limited therefore pre-registration is necessary for this free program. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For further information and/or to register, call Cedar Point Park at (941) 475-0769.  Visit ChecFlorida.org for additional educational programs.
 
Seagrass Adventures are made available with funding support from the Mosaic Company Foundation in cooperation with Charlotte County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources and are conducted by the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC).