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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Annual 60-Day ORV Closure for Wheeled Vehicles

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, June 2, the annual 60-day recreational ORV closure for all units of the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access will begin. The closure will be lifted on Friday, August 1. More »

  • Campground Closure

    All campgrounds but Midway and the loop in the Bear Island Campground are closed through August 29. More »

  • Interstate 75 Mile Marker 63 Closure

    Beginning summer of 2013, the rest area and backcountry access at Mile Marker 63 will be closed due to construction. More »

SWAMP

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Big Cypress National Preserve, in cooperation with the Collier County School District, conducts the Swamp, Water and Me Program (SWAMP). This curriculum based program provides an opportunity for sixth grade students within the county to explore and learn about the Big Cypress Swamp, a major portion of their backyard.

SWAMP Teachers Guide

For instructional YouTube videos related to the SWAMP program, please click here.

For more information about the program contact the national preserve Environmental Education and Outreach Office at 239-695-1164, or email by clicking here.

For more information on other available activities, click here.

Did You Know?

Hunters entering the Preserve on a swamp buggy. Photo courtesy of Jack Moller.

Big Cypress National Preserve was one of the first national preserves within the National Park System. As a preserve, Big Cypress manages for a broader range of recreational activities, including hunting and off-road vehicle access.