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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Annual 60-Day ORV Closure for Wheeled Vehicles

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, June 2, the annual 60-day recreational ORV closure for all units of the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access will begin. The closure will be lifted on Friday, August 1. More »

  • 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 »

  • Campground Closure

    All campgrounds but Midway and the loop in the Bear Island Campground are closed through August 29. 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 »

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.

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