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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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Big Cypress Kicks off National Poetry Month with a Poetry Contest

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Date: March 18, 2013
Contact: Christopher Derman, 239-695-1165

April is National Poetry Month and what better way to celebrate than with a poetry contest? Big Cypress National Preserve invites submissions for the first annual Big Cypress National Preserve poetry contest. Participants are encouraged to explore the Preserve, and write about their experiences.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and poems will be displayed on the Preserve website, and Facebook page throughout the months of April and May. Winners will be selected by the staff of Big Cypress National Preserve by April 20.

Poetry Guidelines
Poems must be single spaced.
Poems must be 12-point font.
Poems may be written in any format.
Poems must be submitted by April 15.
Poet can submit up to three poems.                        
Poems must be original and unpublished.
Poems cannot exceed two-pages (title page does not count toward this limit).
Poem must be subject related to natural or cultural history of South Florida.
Poems must include a title page with: Name of poem, name of poet, contact address, email and phone number.

Please mail poems to:
Big Cypress National Preserve- Oasis Visitor Center
52105 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, FL  34141
ATTN: Poetry Contest

Or, email your poetry to:andrew_frieder@nps.gov

For additional information, please contact the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome center at 239-695-4758.

Wendy Burke and Eric Magrane 2008 Friend Piece
Poetry from Artists In Residence Wendy Burk & Eric Magrane

Did You Know?

Airboat traveling through wet prairies.

Airboats are one of the approved ways to access remote areas of Big Cypress National Preserve. Remember, all off-road vehicle access requires a valid permit, and visitors operating ORVs need to know the legal areas they can operate.