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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 2014 Zone 4 Closure

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 7, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. More »

  • Turner River Closure

    Turner River is closed due to low water conditions. It is advised that visitors consider paddling Halfway Creek as an alternative. More »

  • Campground Closure

    Beginning January 27, through August 28, Burns Lake Campground will be closed to camping. It will still be accessible for day use and backcountry access, however. 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 »

Artists Selected for the 2013-2014 Artist-In-Residence Program

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Date: April 1, 2013
Contact: Christopher Derman, 239-695-1165

Five talented artists have been selected for the 2013-2014, Artist-In-Residence program at Big Cypress National Preserve.

  1. Lynn Uhlmann of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.
  2. Anna Marie Pavlik of Frankfort, Kentucky
  3. Mark Fletcher of Tallahassee, Florida
  4. Ramona Maziarz of Middletown, Delaware
  5. Micky Girardi of Hilton Head, South Carolina

For more information about this year's artists, please click here.

Artists have had a long-standing impact on the formation, expansion and direction of our national parks. Painting the landscapes of the American West, visual artists like Thomas Moran, George Catlin and Albert Bierstadt focused attention on natural wonders in the western landscape, then unfamiliar to the eastern populace.

These visual records of early artists helped to stimulate the establishment of many of our national parks.

The Artist-In-Residence Program at Big Cypress National Preserve carries on this tradition by offering professional writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the preserve's inspiring landscape.

For more information about the Artist-In-Residence program at Big Cypress National Preserve, please click here.

Did You Know?

Bear in a tree.

Many do not expect to see bears in Florida. Actually, we have a healthy population within the state. Big Cypress is one of their ideal habitats in Southwest Florida. If camping in the area, be sure to keep your camp "bear proof."