Join the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center Nov. 3 & 4, 2012

Searching for Sea Life During a CHEC Wading Program in Charlotte Harbor, Fla.

Searching for Sea Life During a CHEC Wading Program in Charlotte Harbor, Fla.

We’re not sure whether cake will be served but we do know there will be lots of celebrating Nov. 3 & 4, 2012, when the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center marks 25 years of providing environmental education in Charlotte County. Expect family-friendly fun with local food and bands during these free events.

CHEC provides more than 20 different educational programs (including free wading trips), manages eight environmentally sensitive lands and provides a total of over 8 miles of hiking trails and other recreational opportunities to the community.

Here’s what’s happening:

Saturday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., celebrate at Alligator Creek Preserve (10941 Burnt Store Rd., Punta Gorda) with the music of the Michael Haymans Hibiscus Band and listen to guest speakers author Charles Sobczak, who has a new book being published in Jan. 2013 called The Year of the Bad Decision, and Dr. Annette Snapp about Florida archaeology.

Sunday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the celebration continues at Cedar Point Park ( 2300 Placida Road, Englewood) with the music of Kenny Rose. Author Charles Sobczak will speak followed by Dr. George Luer who will educate attendees about early Lemon Bay and Cedar Point archaeology.

Both days, enjoy family-friendly fun with guided nature walks, a native plant sale, butterfly garden tours, children’s activities, raffles and more. Food and beverage vendors will be on hand selling delicious fare as fresh local fish, swamp cabbage, hotdogs, beer, water, soda, plus there will be a hog roast!

For more information , contact the Alligator Creek Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center’s office at 941-575-5435 and for Cedar Point dial 941-475-0769.

Happy anniversary CHEC!

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