The Friends of the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves (FCHAP) is a Citizen Support Organization for the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves and the Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park.

About the Friends

The Friends of the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves, Inc., (FCHAP) is a nonprofit Citizen Support Organization that assists the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in the management of Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves :
·         Lemon Bay Aquatic Preserve
·         Cape Haze Aquatic Preserve
·         Gasparilla Sound - Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve
·         Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve
·         Pine Island Sound Aquatic Preserve
·         Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park

FCHAP is comprised of a Board of Directors, citizen members, and volunteers who are committed to protecting Charlotte Harbor and the adjacent public lands.

The Friends are always seeking new general members and board members. The FCHAP Board holds 6 to 8 meetings per year and does not normally meet during the months of June, July, November, or December. The FCHAP annual meeting is held in February, when new board members and officers are chosen.

Please join the Friends of the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves for our annual meeting, March 2, 2013.
This year's topic: Geocaching!

Geocaching is a free real-world outdoor treasure hunt. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS and can then share their experiences online. There are almost 2 million caches and 5 million cachers worldwide.  For many, the best part of Geocaching is getting outdoors and seeing natural and developed areas that you normally wouldn't see.  The Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park and the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves are hosts to over 100 Geocaches. Does that sound like fun?

If you would like to find out more please come to the FCHAP Annual Meeting for a presentation of Geocaching 101.  Our Instructor, Dave Pulaski (AKA - Grrtrainman) is a retired high school teacher who now spends a lot of his time Geocaching.  Dave has found more than 3,700 geocaches and has hidden 104 (and counting). Dave will be teaching about the basics of Geocaching and, if we're lucky, he'll give us some of his tips and tricks for how to become a great player.  Time permitting we'll spend some time finding caches in the park.

We'll have a Geocaching walk starting at 7am at the Preserve and the Friends will be providing breakfast at 9am. RSVP required!

Contact or 941-575-5861 to reserve your seat!

March is Seagrass Awareness Month!