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The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program is pleased to sponsor the 17th annual Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival – a day to explore, learn and enjoy the natural environment of southwest Florida and “connect with nature.” Check out short videos on Charlotte Harbor Nature Festivals since 2011! Go to www.YouTube.com and search for Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival.
The festival is organized and planned by a dedicated group of volunteers representing a diverse number of organizations and associations. The festival is funded by sponsors and by a raffle held during the festival of items donated by exhibitors. Organizers have again chosen to make this festival free so that as many people as possible can enjoy it and will give a tote bag as a gift (one/group) to visitors. There is no admission charge or parking fee.
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Celebrate the natural environment of southwest Florida. Visit each exhibitor to learn from the experts!
Sponsors: A very special thanks to our generous sponsors and you. Please support this festival!
Raffles: Fabulous prizes will be given away at 11:30 and 1:30. Winners must be present to win. Winners will pick an item from the prize table. It’s easy! Buy your tickets, win a gift and support the festival!
$1 for 1 chance * $2 for 3 chances * $5 for 10 chances
Silent Auction: A few items will be available through a silent auction that will end at 2:00. Thanks to the exhibitors and others who generously donated items.
Magnets: Linda Soderquist donated art to help promote the festival. This art is now available as five magnets. They make great gifts! $2 each * redeem 10 raffle tickets for a magnet
Exhibitors: By signing up on this page, you will receive occassional updates on activities, exhibitors and more.
Wagon Rides begin at 10:30, 11:15, 12:00, 1:00, 1:45 and 2:30. The wagon rides are limited to 20 people per group. NOTE: These are times from the 2015 festival.
Guided Walks (NOTE: These are walks led in 2015.)
• 10:30 Bugs, Blooms and Birds led by Margaret and Bill Dunson.
• 12:00 Plants of Tippecanoe led by Denny Girard and Al Squires.
• 1:30 A Walk in the Woods, led by Jim Knoy.
Music: We expect local singers and songwriters will perform. In 2015, Bill Fields, singer and songwriter, of the Cain Fields performed at noon.
Plant Sales: Check out the Florida-Friendly tent for native plant sales.
Be sure to visit www.CHNEP.org/CHNF.html to learn more.
Would you like to help plan the next festival? Please contact Maran at 866/835-5785 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We anticipate holding future festivals on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
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Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program
The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program is a partnership to protect the natural environment of southwest Florida from Venice to Bonita Springs to Winter Haven. The Friends of Charlotte Harbor Estuary, Inc. (AKA CHNEP Friends) is the nonprofit arm of the CHNEP.