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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Secondary Trail Closure

    Effective 8/1/2014, following the 60-day recreational ORV closure, only the designated primary trails in the backcountry will be open to recreational ORV use and access. All secondary trails will remain closed on an interim basis for an additional 60-days 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?

Researchers gather data from a bear that was removed as a nuisance.

Do not feed wildlife within the preserve. A "fed bear is a dead bear." This bear was fed and eventually became a threat to visitor safety. Nuisance wildlife is sometimes removed, but typically does not survive.