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Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program is hosting three programs: Register now

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The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) is pleased to host three programs:

  • Environmental Education Workshop on June 5,
  • Fostering Behavior Change on June 9 and
  • Conservation Lands Workshop on Sept. 10.

The CHNEP Environmental Education Workshop 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. The workshop will be Friday, June 5, at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center in Punta Gorda. This is the fifth environmental education workshop, and we anticipate a total of 10 presentations will be scheduled.

Click here to register for this workshop. There is no fee to participate but we do ask that you register by 5 p.m. on May 28. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. You may register after May 28 but lunch may not be provided. Donations are accepted to help defray expenses. Any donation of $100 or more will be acknowledged as a sponsor.

Fostering Behavior Change is a 1.5 hour webinar training led by NOAA Office of Coastal Management (http://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/training/social-marketing) on Tuesday, June 9, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Please register at http://noaacsc.adobeconnect.com/cbsm-june/event/registration.html.

The course is designed for those who are working on projects that seek to change the way people interact with the coast. After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the steps involved in a community-based social marketing project.
  • Practice applying the initial steps in this method.
  • Recognize the tools used to foster behavior change.
  • Share examples of how community-based social marketing has been applied to coastal management issues.

To participate, you need a phone and a computer with Internet access that can connect to Adobe Connect. A PDF of the presentation will be sent by email to all who register — in case there are any issues using Adobe Connect.

The CHNEP Conservation Lands 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. The next workshop will be Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center. This is the fourth conservation lands workshop and we anticipate a total of 10 presentations will be scheduled.

Conservation lands increase the quality of life and enhance the tax base of the adjacent private lands. They provide essential habitat for native species, allow water to flow naturally on the surface and to aquifers — cleansing and storing water as it moves — and they protect human development as the mangroves did during Hurricane Charley. Land can be conserved through purchase and by conservation easements by citizens, jurisdictions, agencies, land trusts and others.

Click here to register for this workshop. There is no fee to participate but we do ask that you register by 5 p.m. on Sept. 3. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. You may register after Sept. 3 but lunch may not be provided. Donations are accepted to help defray expenses. Any donation of $100 or more will be acknowledged as a sponsor.

Additional Contact Information

Maran Hilgendorf

Communications Manager,, Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program

326 West Marion Avenue
Punta Gorda, FL - 33950

(941) 575-3374
maran@chnep.org