CHNEP Events

The CHNEP has offered many types of events and has sponsored others with grants. This page lists the events that CHNEP has led. For many events, separate website pages include links to presentations (as PDF files and, since 2012, as videos).
Events held at least once a year
  • Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival: An annual exciting and informative event since 2002 for residents and visitors to learn about the natural environment of southwest Florida. Visit YouTube (CHNEP 1995 channel) to see short videos of the festivals held since 2011. The festival is organized and supported by a dedicated group of volunteers. It has remained free to the public due to the generous support of sponsors and proceeds from a raffle held at the festival.
  • Trainings: These are professional development opportunities that are also convenient and affordable. While most of the trainings have been led by NOAA Office for Coastal Management.
  • Conservation Lands Workshops: Held annually 2012, these workshops are opportunities for those who work with and are concerned about conservation lands to network and learn more about solutions to issues facing these lands in southwest Florida.
  • Environmental Education Workshops: Held annually since 2011 these workshop are opportunities for those who work with and are concerned about environmental education to network and learn more about solutions to issues facing the natural environment of southwest Florida.
  • Conservation Landscaping Workshops: Since 2005 CHNEP has coordinated workshops for residents of Hardee, DeSoto and Highlands counties because they do not have a chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society or Florida Yards & Neighborhood Program dedicated to providing residents with "Florida-friendly" landscape information. These workshops, usually held in February, help residents learn how to transform their property into a beautiful oasis for people and wildlife that will not only conserve precious water resources and reduce pollution but may also save time and money.
Events held regularly
  • Charlotte Harbor Watershed Summit: These are important steps in the CHNEP process of bringing public and private stakeholders together to discuss current and emerging issues affecting the watershed and are opportunities to review progress made. First held in 1997 then in 2002 and every three years since.
  • Public Conferences: The CHNEP has held several public conferences to address an issue in a portion of the larger watershed.
  • Forums: In 2012, the CHNEP began holding Restoration and Management Project Review Forums as a way of bringing people together to focus on a specific concern and to allow for presentation of latest scientific findings and broad discussion by area scientists and citizen scientists.
  • Technical Conferences: The CHNEP has held several technical conferences to address an issue not understood.
Events that are no longer held regularly
  • Peace River Environmental Education Network: 2000-2011
  • State of the Science on Phosphate Mining and the Environment: March 28-29, 2011
  • Association of National Estuary Programs: Nov. 8-10, 2011
  • Gulf of Mexico Alliance Workshops: Dec. 15, 2008 and Sept. 14, 2005
  • Ecotour Operator Programs: The CHNEP assisted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve with a summer program geared specifically for ecotour operators.
  • Law enforcement workshops: The CHNEP assisted Coastal Wildlife Club for workshops geared specifically for those who handle law enforcement.
  • Wading trips: Muck about in the shallow waters of our local estuaries to see for yourself some of the aquatic critters that call these shallow waters home and you'll quickly understand the importance of these waters. The CHNEP sponsored wading trips led by five local environmental organizations. It now offers micro-grants to support specific groups and has created a video Sealife in southwest Florida’s Estuaries available on YouTube.