Currently there is fire activity within the Preserve. More »
Campfire Ban in Effect.
Due to severe fire conditions campfires restrictions are currently in place. More »
2013 Zone 4 Closure
Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 8, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. More »
Beginning Monday, May 13 through Friday, August 16 camping will be available at the Midway Campground and the “loop” in the Bear Island Campground within Big Cypress National Preserve. All other established campgrounds will be closed. More »
Big Cypress Announces Winter 2008/09 Ranger-led Activities
Big Cypress National Preserve, a unit of the National Park Service, has posted the winter 2008/09 schedule of ranger-led activities on the web at here. You may also find activities on the calendar of events at here.
This winter’s activities include wildlife viewing area talks, swamp walks, canoe tours, bike hikes and a variety of other opportunities that allow visitors to venture into the swamp with park rangers and volunteers. These programs aim to provide visitors with a greater understanding of the cultural and natural features of the Preserve and an appreciation for why this area is protected for everyone.
The number of activities offered this year is greatly increased over previous years in part due to increased staffing made available through the NPS’s Centennial initiative. This initiative is in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, America invites the world to discover the connection national parks have to their lives and encourages everyone to experience and become devoted to these special places.
Additionally programming within the Preserve is made possible through the generous support of partners such as the South Florida National Parks Trust, the Everglades Association and the Friends of Big Cypress.
Did You Know?
The great white heron is very similar to the great white egret. However, look closely and you will see that the heron has yellow legs, while the egret has black legs. The great white heron is found only in south Florida in the United States. It can also be found on several caribbean islands.