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Behavior Change Workshop: Monday, Aug. 31
Salter>Mitchell, a marketing and communication agency focused on change (behavior change, culture change and changing public opinion), will introduce participants to the concept and application of behavior change outreach in a way that will shift how they think about and conduct educational outreach efforts going forward and will leave them feeling more confident about putting this practice into action. This training is made possible because of the generosity of the CHNEP, Gulf of Mexico Coastal Training Program, International Ocean Institute-USA, Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension, Janet and Bruce Bunch, GE Foundation and the Friends of Charlotte Harbor Estuary, Inc. The training will be held at Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension. There is a $20 registration fee, with refreshments and lunch provided. Please register by noon on Monday, Aug. 24.

CHNEP Conservation Lands Workshop: Thursday, Sept. 10
This workshop is an opportunity 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. This is the fourth conservation lands workshop. The keynote presentation will be given by Dr. William J. Mitsch, Director of the Everglades Wetland Research Park at Florida Gulf Coast University, on using wetlands to prevent phosphorus and nitrogen pollution in downstream wetlands, lakes, rivers and coastal waters. There is no fee to participate, but we ask that you register by Sept. 3. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Climate Adaptation for Coastal Community: Nov. 3–5
This three-day instructor-led course taught by NOAA Office for Coastal Management gives a thorough grounding in the topic of adaptation, as well as time in class to apply what you’ve learned to your own adaptation projects. The course covers these essentials: understanding climate science and impacts; determining community vulnerabilities; communicating effectively; identifying adaptation strategies; and finding mechanisms to implement those strategies. Opportunities for local collaboration and next steps for adaptation planning and implementation are emphasized through discussion, participant activities and incorporation of local speakers and examples. There is a $60 registration fee, with refreshments and lunch provided. Please register by noon on Monday, Oct. 26.

CHNEP Environmental Education: Friday, Oct. 23
This workshop (rescheduled from June 5) is an opportunity 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. This is the fifth environmental education workshop and will be held at Archbold Biological Station (east of Arcadia, north of Venus). There is no fee to participate but we ask that you register by Oct. 13. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.


Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival: Enjoy the day exploring and learning about the natural environment at this annual festival of activities and exhibits for people of all ages to enjoy. 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. Join us on Saturday, November 21, 2015.

Conservation Landscaping Workshops: Learn how to transform your property into a beautiful oasis for people and wildlife that will not only conserve precious water resources and reduce pollution but may also save you time and money. Residents of Hardee, DeSoto and Highlands counties should join us. Since 2005 CHNEP has coordinated workshops in these 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 are usually held in February.
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, some have been led U.S. EPA, Water Words that Work and Salter>Mitchell.

  • Climate Adaptation: Nov. 2015
  • Behavior Change Workshop: Aug. 31, 2015
  • Fostering Behavior Change: June 9, 2015
  • Managing Visitor Use: Dec. 8–9, 2014
  • Water Words that Work: Sept. 17, 2014
  • Introduction to Coastal GIS: May 1–3, 2012
  • Coastal Community Planning: Dec. 3-4, 2014; July 30–31, 2008; Dec. 4–5, 2007
  • Web Content Design and Evaluation: Aug. 18, 2005
  • Navigating in Rough Seas—Public Issues and Conflict Management: Dec. 5–6, 2011; Jan. 16–17, 2012; Dec. 16–17, 2008; Dec. 7–9, 2004
  • Community Culture and the Environment: A Guide to Understanding a Sense of Place: May 10–11, 2006
  • Project Design and Evaluation Course: Dec. 12-13, 2013; May 12–13, 2010; Dec. 12–14, 2006; Dec. 8–10, 2003

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. The next summit will be held March 28-30, 2017.

  • Accomplishments through Partnerships, March 28-30, 2017
  • Our Vision in Action, March 25 - 27, 2014
  • The State of Our Watershed and Estuaries, March 30-31, 2011
  • rom Data to Policy, Our Partnership in Action, March 25-27, 2008
  • Transferring Science to Resource Management, February 14-17, 2005
  • Summit Technical Symposium, Feb. 7-8, and Public Conference, Feb. 9, 2002
  • Charlotte Harbor Public Conference and Technical Symposium, March 15-16, 1997

Public Conferences: The CHNEP has held several public conferences to address an issue in a portion of the larger watershed.

  • Wetlands on clay settling ponds, 2002
  • Submerged aquatic habitat restoration, 2003
  • Water budget, 2004
  • Land change and land monitoring, 2004
  • Colored dissolved organic matter, 2007
  • Reservoirs, 2009

Conservation lands Workshops, annual since 2012

Environmental Education Workshops, annual since 2013

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.

The CHNEP has been involved in many other events..

  • Peace River Environmental Education Network from 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; Sept. 14, 2005