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 »
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?
Mermaid sightings have been reported by sailors throughout history who often blamed the part-woman, part-fish beings for leading them astray. But folklore experts believe that what those sailors were seeing were not mermaids, but rather air-breathing manatees, or their dugong relatives. More...