As of October 1, 2014, the CHNEP will be hosted by the City of Punta Gorda and the CHNEP office will move to Punta Gorda: Learn more.
The CHNEP is a partnership to protect the natural environment of Florida from Venice to Bonita Springs to Winter Haven. We have been offering two types of grants to support the efforts of others who are helping to implement our plan. Guidance for annual public outreach grants of up to $5,000 is available as a PDF file. The first deadline is 5 p.m. on Sept. 3. Both deadlines identified in the guidance must be met for the application to be considered. The CHNEP is moving to the City of Punta Gorda as of October 1 and some guidance may change. The two one-page forms of the application are also provided in RTF format for easy completion.
We anticipate continuing to offer micro-grants of up to $250. Once we have final guidance from the City, details on how to apply for a micro-grant for projects that can begin after October 1 will be posted.
CHNEP Environmental Education Program: May 30 at "Ding" Darling: Learn more.
Charlotte Harbor Watershed Summit: Learn more.
CHNEP Citizens Academy: Learn more.
Neighborhood Waterways: Can Trees and Shrubs Clean Water? This CHNEP Forum will be held on June 4-5. I-Tree Model Training and Pilot Project Practice will be held on August 26: Learn more.
CHNEP is updating its website.
The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program is updating its website. Not all the content from the prior website will be available during this transition. Once the new site is completed, you'll be able find everything from the old site and more. Once updated, would you please send us your suggestions? Thank you for your patience.
Upcoming Events and Projects
CHNEP Conservation Lands Workshop on Sept. 11
Water Words that Work training on Sept. 17
Coastal Community Planning on Dec. 3-4, a NOAA Coastal Services Center training
Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival on Nov. 22 (EventBrite page not yet complete for sponsors and exhibitors)
Managing Visitor Use in Land and Marine Conservation Areas Training on Dec. 8-9, a NOAA Coastal Services Center training
For more details and to register, go to www.EventBrite.com and search for CHNEP but change the location to Florida.
CHNEP 2015 Calendar: Thanks to everyone who submitted images by July 15. Due to the overwhelming response, we are not going to be able to post an online survey for the public. The calendar is anticipated being delivered by November
Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival: Nov. 23, 2013. Now planning the Nov. 22, 2014 festival.