Courtesy Bobbi Rodgers, Resource Manager, Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center

Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center and the Charlotte County Natural Resource Department will be conducting the following free programs in February 2019.  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

Friday February 1, 8: Take a tour of the historic “Cookie House” at Cedar Point Environmental Park from 1 – 4 pm with Charlotte County Historical staff.  Formerly known as the Bass Biological Laboratory, the scientific studies from this facility is linked to the world-renowned Mote Marine Laboratory.

Monday February 4:  Learn to become a Volunteer Trail Guide for CHEC at this training session at 10 AM at Cedar Point Environmental Park in Englewood.  Registration advised.

Tuesday February 5:  Join Tom Becker, UF/IFAS/Charlotte County Specialist II, at Cedar Point Environmental Park from 9 – 11 am to learn how to “Attract Wildlife to Your Backyard” by designing natural areas, creating canopy layers, and adding native plants to feed and shelter birds, butterflies, and other wildlife like gopher tortoise. Attendees will receive educational literature. $5 payable to UF/IFAS.  Contact Tom @ 941-764-4351 or Thomas.Becker@CharlotteFl.com

Thursday February 7:  Explore the evolution and function of cooperation in, “Changes: Part 1 ‘Survival of the Fittest’ May Not Be What It Seems”, with Master Naturalist Kate Borduas at Bayshore Live Oak Park, 23157 Bayshore Road, Pt. Charlotte, FLReservations are advised.  For information and/registration for this FREE program, call 941-475-0769.

Thursday February 7:  Join John Phillips 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 at 8:30 AM.

Friday February 8: : Get wild & wet!  Join Eileen Gerle 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 February 8: :  Join Ruth Ward 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 February 11:  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.

Monday February 11:  Join Al Squires 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.

Monday February 11:  Join Greg Brezicki for a free workshop on “Identifying Native Plants of SW Florida” at Cedar Point Environmental Park at 10:00 AM. This workshop will combine lecture and field trip at the park to learn to identify some common native plants.  Registration advised.

Tuesday February 12Join Mike Weisensee on a guided birding walk through the scrub and pine flatwoods of 217-acre Amberjack Environmental Park in Rotonda.  Meet at the end of Gasparilla Pines Blvd. Walk begins at 8 am.

Wednesday February 13: Join Kate Borduas 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.

Thursday February 14: Explore past and, possibly, future extinctions with Kate Borduas during, “Changes:  Part 2, When ‘Natural Selection’ isn’t Enough”, at 10 AM at Bayshore Live Oak Park, 23157 Bayshore Road, Pt. Charlotte, FL.  Reservations are advised.  For information and/registration for this FREE program, call 941-475-0769

Monday February 18:  Get wild & wet!  Join David Ellis 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.

Monday February 18:  Join John Phillips 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 at 8:30 AM.

Tuesday February 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.

Thursday February 21: Join Master Naturalist, Kate Borduas, as she examines, “Changes: Part 3 The Acceleration of Change in The Anthropocene Age” at 10 AM at Bayshore Live Oak Park, 23157 Bayshore Road, Pt. Charlotte, FL. Reservations are advised.  For information and/registration for this FREE program, call 941-475-0769.

Thursday February 21: Join Al Squires 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.

Saturday February 23: Join Greg Brezicki 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 February 25:  Join Ruth Ward on a guided walk through the scrub and pine flatwoods of 217-acre Amberjack Environmental Park in Rotonda.  Meet at the end of Gasparilla Pines Blvd.

Tuesday February 26: 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.

Wednesday February 27: 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.

Thursday February 28: Join singer/songwriter James Hawkins presenting, “Turn Back Time” – a multi-media presentation filled with stories and songs about Venice, Sarasota, and old Florida at Cedar Point Environmental Park from 5 – 6:30 PM.  James invites us to slow down and listen to these tales of the strong men and women who made this area great.  It’s not hard to imagine any of these people or events if you just ‘Turn Back Time’!  This CHEC fundraising event includes complimentary wine and hors d’oevres, as well as the lecture, for a $12 donation ($8 for Friends of CHEC).  Space is limited so reservations are mandatory for this program.

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Volunteer Trail Guided needed

Enjoy learning about and teaching others about nature?  Looking for a fun and educational way to meet like minded people?  Consider becoming a volunteer with Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center at Cedar Point Park, 2300 Placida Road in Englewood.  

From October through April, volunteers are need as Trail Guides to lead guided nature walks through several local Charlotte County properties.  These are usually from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on various days of the week. If interested, a training session will be scheduled on Monday, February 4 at 10 AM at Cedar Point Environmental Park.  You will learn some plants, animals and interpretive techniques that may help you lead these “walks in the woods”.

If interested, contact Bobbi Rodgers at 941-475-0769 or bobbi@CHECflorida.org.  To learn more about Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC), go to checflorida.org or visit their Facebook page.

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"Identifying Native Plants of SW Florida” Lecture

Join Greg Brezicki, teacher, Master Naturalist, Trail Guide, and lover of nature, for a free workshop on “Identifying Native Plants of SW Florida” at Cedar Point Environmental Park on Monday, February 11 at 10:00 AM.

This workshop will combine lecture and field trip at the park to learn to identify some common native plants.  It is hoped to master at least 40 plant species.

Participants should dress appropriately for walking on the trail.  You are reminded to bring drinking water and sunscreen.

This program is presented by Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center.  Cedar Point Environmental Park is a Charlotte County facility located at 2300 Placida Road, Englewood, FL. For information and/registration for this FREE program, call 941-475-0769.