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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Secondary Trail Closure

    As part of a settlement agreement with plaintiffs related to the designation of secondary off-road vehicle trails, all secondary off-road vehicle trails are closed until further environmental review and analysis can be completed. More »

  • October Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled

    The National Park Service at Big Cypress National Preserve has cancelled the off-road Vehicle Advisory Committee meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, October 7. More »

Be A Junior Ranger

Get out side and explore with a ranger or your family. See nature at work in your national parks.
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Become a Junior Ranger while exploring three of the South Florida's National Parks (Big Cypress National Preserve, Biscayne National Park, and Everglades National Park). Kids can pick up a free booklet at any park visitor center. You can also download your booklet by clicking on the links to the right in the language of your choice. Please remember that this is a large pdf file and make time some time to download.

Complete the required activities and return to the visitor center in person, or mail your booklet to the park of interest to earn an official Junior Ranger badge. Junior Rangers who complete the entire book can earn all three badges, plus a South Florida's National Parks patch!


Become a Web ranger!
Can't visit your favorite national park this summer? Why not become a web ranger to learn more about your national parks without ever leaving your computer?

Did You Know?

Many large trees that did exist were harvested in the early 1900s.

There are few "big cypress" in Big Cypress National Preserve. The name actually refers to the great expanse of cypress forest, hundreds of thousands of acres, within the Big Cypress Swamp.