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 »
Preserve Seeking Backcountry Volunteers
Contact: Isobel Kalafarski, 239-695-4758
Contact: MaryJo Shreffler, 239-695-1117
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Big Cypress National Preserve is seeking people interested in assisting visitors in the backcountry. These Backcountry Volunteers will be trained in the use of Off-Road Vehicles (ORV) and will travel along backcountry trails that allow for ORV use assisting and educating visitors as needed. Volunteers will also perform minor trail maintenance and identify major trail issues that need to be addressed.
We are seeking applicants from the local area that are willing to volunteer one or two weekend days per month. Candidates should be customer service oriented, enjoy the outdoors, have a basic understanding of backcountry travel and be a good team player. Prior knowledge of Big Cypress trails and ORVs is beneficial, but not necessary. To become part of the program, a short training commitment will be required.
Volunteers will travel in teams while in the backcountry using National Park Service provided swamp buggies, ATVs, or UTVs and will be required to wear a volunteer uniform.
The goal of the program is to increase the ability of the NPS to contact, assist and educate visitors in the Preserve backcountry, assist with minor trail maintenance as needed and aid in the monitoring of the backcountry trail system.
Interested parties may find a more detailed description of the program requirements here.
You may apply on-line for this volunteer opportunity here.
Did You Know?
The purple galinule though one of the most colorful birds in Big Cypress, is often well camouflaged. Look carefully along canal edges and gator holes for this beautiful bird. Many of the surrounding colors blend well with the birds feathers.