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    Big Cypress

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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 »

Artists Selected for the 2014-2015 Artist-In-Residence Program

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Date: February 19, 2014
Contact: Christopher Derman, 239-695-1165

Five talented artists have been selected for the 2014-2015, Artist-In-Residence program at Big Cypress National Preserve.

  1. Priscilla Humay, of Highland Park, Illinois
  2. Rachael McCLellan Leonard, of Port Orange, Florida
  3. April McKay, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  4. Xiomaro, of Roslyn Heights, New York
  5. Alyse Knorr, of Anchorage, Alaska

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?

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Big Cypress National Preserve is big. REALLY BIG. With a total land area of 1,139 square miles, the state of Rhode Island can easily fit within its boundaries.