Prescribed fires are planned for the near future. Please the following link to learn more about specific dates and locations. 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 »
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 »
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?
The white-tailed deer has a vertical leap of nine feet! This is a useful skill to have when evading predators. How high can you jump?