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 March 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  

Monday March 4: 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.

Thursday March 7:  Join Florida Master Naturalist, Kate Borduas, as she explores “The Lost Forests of America - When Will We See the Forest and the Trees?”, the history of old growth forests and the efforts to compensate their loss at Bayshore Live Oak Park, 23157 Bayshore Road, Pt. Charlotte, FL at 10 am. Reservations are advised. 

Friday March 8: Join Denise Hart 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.

Saturday March 9: “Plant Native Day” at Cedar Point Environmental Park includes lectures, exhibits, free information, nature walk, garden tour, plant “sales”, and refreshments from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm.  The theme this year is, “Shade: Planting for it – Planting in it”.

Monday March 11: 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.

Tuesday March 12: Join Nancy Clayton 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 March 13:  Join Kate Borduas 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.

Friday March 15:  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 March 16:  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 March 18 – Friday March 22:  Explore the beauty and excitement of nature at CHEC’s Spring Break Camp for ages 8 to 12 at Cedar Point Environmental Park. For further information, call 941-475-0769 or go to www.CHECflorida.org.  Registration is limited.

Tuesday March 19: 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.

Thursday March 21:  Explore the “Myths and Mysteries of Bird Migration” with Master Naturalist Kate Borduas at Bayshore Live Oak Park, 23157 Bayshore Road, Pt. Charlotte, FL at 10 am. Kate will focus on the fall and spring migration of the birds that we see here in Florida and she will explain how and why birds are able to make these epic journeys. Reservations are advised. 

Thursday March 21:  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.

Saturday March 23: 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 March 25: 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.

Wednesday March 27: Join Kate Borduas 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.

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Get the children outdoors to learn about the natural world around them!  Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, Inc. (CHEC) will be conducting Spring Break Camp 2019 at Cedar Point Park for children ages 8 to 12 beginning Monday, March 22 to Friday, March 22 from 9 am to 3 pm.

Our theme this year is “For the Love of Nature”, and the cost is still only $150 ($135 for CHEC members) per child for a week of adventures and excitement!  Planned activities include guided walks and professional speakers on birds, shells, bees (taste local honey), and other local wildlife, in addition to collecting and pressing favorite flowers, wading into Lemon Bay, and more games and crafts to explore the diversity of nature.

Cedar Point Environmental Park, a Charlotte County-owned facility, is located at 2300 Placida Road in Englewood. It is managed by Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, Inc. (CHEC), a nonprofit organization serving the Charlotte County community with environmental education, recreation, research and preservation land management.

 Join the fun and call 941-475-0769 for further registration information.  Space is limited.