Courtesy Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program

Join CHNEP in the Fun Filled Nature Paddle Clean-Up of Alligator Creek!

Saturday, January 26th from 9-11 am, Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, 10941 Burnt Store Rd, Punta Gorda, FL 33955

In partnership with Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center (CHEC), CHNEP is hosting a nature paddle and marine debris cleanup of Alligator Creek. Our fun nature paddle will be led by CHNEP staff and guided by a CHEC naturalist. Beginner paddlers are welcome.

Volunteer Event Schedule:

  • 9-9:10: Safety Briefing/CHNEP Orientation
  • 9:10-11:00:  Nature Paddle & Debris Clean-up

Limited Availability: Registration is required!

Click to sign up.

For more info visit the Monthly Volunteer Event page on the CHNEP website.

Every year, CHNEP volunteers go out to try to pick up plastic, monofilament, and styrofoam in and along waterways to reduce marine debris that endangers wildlife and pollutes the regional rivers leading to the Gulf of Mexico. Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center will be providing an amazing naturalist guide and CHNEP scientists will be ready to answer any environmental questions. We will keep our eyes and ears out for all wildlife, so don't forget to bring your binoculars and camera!

Safety equipment will be provided to volunteers at this event.

Additional supplies will be provided by CHEC, Team Punta Gorda,, and Florida Sea Grant.

What to Wear/What to Bring

•             Dress for the weather in clothes you don't mind getting wet and dirty

•             Sturdy Footwear

•             Sunscreen, Sunglasses, and Sun Protectant Clothing

•             Bug Repellent

•             Small backpack to carry essentials to keep your hands free

•             Water bottles

•             Snacks

•             Binoculars/Camera (waterproof casing is recommended)


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For any further question you can contact CHNEP Outreach Associate: Veronica Runge: or 941-575-3385

Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program


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