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 »
Starry, Starry Nights - Big Cypress Announces Winter 2014, Astronomy Programs
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Contact: Lisa Andrews, 239-695-1164
View one of the darkest night skies in the eastern United States this winter by attending ranger-led astronomy programs at Big Cypress National Preserve.
The National Park Service, along with the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association and the International Dark Sky Association - South Florida Chapter, will be conducting night sky outings on the following dates and times through the winter:
Programs will be conducted at the southern end of Seagrape Drive. The welcome center and Seagrape Drive are located along US 41, east of SR 29, between Mile Marker 73 and 74.
Night temperatures can be cool and mosquitoes may be present. Visitors should be prepared for weather conditions.
Pants and long sleeve shirts or jackets and bug spray are recommended. Participants may consider bringing a flashlight (preferably with a red filter) for walking to and from the viewing area. Individuals and local astronomy societies are welcome to bring personal binoculars and telescopes to the viewing area.
Did You Know?
HP Williams and Oasis Visitor Center are popular places to see alligators. The best time to see large congregations of alligators is typically January-May. Do not feed or approach wildlife.