Courtesy Bobbi Rodgers

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

Saturday November 3:  Join Carolyn Gregsak 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 November 7: 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

Thursday November 8:  Explore “The Florida Scrub Jay in Peril: Learn what YOU can do about it” with Kate Borduas at 10 AM at Bayshore Live Oak Park in Port Charlotte. The Florida Scrub Jay - Florida’s only endemic bird - is in real danger of extinction. Learn what YOU can do to help save what the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has called a “Species of the Century.”  Reservations advised.

Friday November 9:   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 November 10: 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.

Sunday November 11:  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 November 12:  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.:

Tuesday November 13:  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.

Thursday November 15:  Learn how Southwest Florida is currently experiencing Climate Change with James (Jim) Beever, Planner IV for the SW Florida Regional Planning Council at 10 AM at Bayshore Live Oak Park in Port Charlotte. More severe tropical storms and hurricanes, significant losses of mature mangrove forest, water quality degradation, and increased harmful algae blooms have already damaged communities. Hear about Jim’s work in climate change planning. Reservations advised.

Monday November 19:  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.

Tuesday November 20:  Join Al Squires 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 November 21: 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.

Friday November 23:  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 November 23:  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 November 24: 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.

Wednesday November 28: Join Carolyn Gregsak 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.

Thursday November 29:  Open your eyes to “Lichens: Masters of Symbiosis” with Kate Borduas at 10 AM at Bayshore Live Oak Park in Port Charlotte. Lichens are all around us but might as well be invisible for all the attention they are given.  Learn to love these intriguing organisms. Reservations advised.