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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 2014 Zone 4 Closure

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 7, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. More »

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    Turner River is closed due to low water conditions. It is advised that visitors consider paddling Halfway Creek as an alternative. More »

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    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 »

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    Beginning summer of 2013, the rest area and backcountry access at Mile Marker 63 will be closed due to construction. More »

Big Cypress Announces Winter 2008/09 Ranger-led Activities

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Date: November 19, 2008

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?

A great white heron scratches its neck. Notice the color of the legs.

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.