CHNEP Volunteer Events

 Presently, CHNEP's volunteer events are being held virtually due to COVID.




Join CHNEP for the Great Backyard Bird Count, gather community science data in your own backyard!

All experience levels are welcome, register below for our Zoom training event on the 13th to go over local bird identifications, how to participate in community science, and how to upload your data to eBird - and then head outside for the count. All from the comfort of your own home!

The Great Backyard Bird Count occurs from February 12th - 15th, please help us collect information on birds in Southwest Florida for this national database!

Please contact Alex Horn at with any questions.

WHAT: Great Backyard Bird Count

WHEN: Saturday, February 13th 9:00am

WHERE: Zoom Virtual Meeting





The Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch citizen science program is strong and growing rapidly statewide. CHNEP has been happy to host training workshops for this program in the past, and help in other various aspects.  The training is virtual, free, and open for registration. All you need is a stable internet connection and an email address.


Volunteer Coordinator(s) sought for Horseshoe Crab Monitoring in Manatee, Charlotte, and Lee County.

Volunteer Coordinator(s) responsibilities:

(training and assistance will be provided)


  • Using tide charts and moon phases, create a schedule to monitor for horseshoe crabs spawning events

  • Prepare datasheets and sampling kits

  • Recruit and manage volunteer citizen scientists

  • Lead survey walks, oversee tagging, and educate others about the program

  • Enter data in a timely fashion


Contact and Berlynna Heres at for more information.


Plastic waste from single use containers is a huge issue facing our environment... 90% of the trash floating in our oceans is made from plastic. These last few months we have found ourselves using it more than ever. In the water, plastic waste breaks apart into small toxic pieces called microplastics. CLICK HERE to learn more about how CHNEP helps monitor microplastics in our area. 


The good news is, we all can be a part of the solution! You can do your own litter cleanup while taking a walk around your neighborhood or local park. Trash on the ground during our summer rainy season will likely be washed into our waterways in the next storm. You can also contribute to the global citizen science effort tracking litter and marine debris.

Download the app here:


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Please contact

or call 941-575-3385 for more details

Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership, 326 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, FL 33950-4417,