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 »
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 »
Calling All Artists - Art Workshop at the Preserve
Contact: Christopher Derman, 239-695-1165
Damien Joseph, a graphic artist employed by the National Park Service in Colorado will be conducting a two-hour intermediate/advanced watercolor paint workshop on March 10, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at the end of Seagrape Drive within the Preserve. The site is near the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center at 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141.
For generations artists, through a variety of mediums, have inspired appreciation for protected areas around the world. For the past 20 years, Damien's job has been to create original art works for exhibits, which are displayed at national parks all over the United States. Mr. Joseph is passionate about art and has a passion to teach and inspire.
During his visit to South Florida Damien will also be working with students at Everglades City School.
If you would like to participate in the workshop, please bring your paint set and a closable container to collect your water after painting. There won't be an opportunity to discard it on-site.
For more information please contact Christopher Derman at 239-695-1165.
Did You Know?
Big Cypress National Preserve is big. REALLY BIG. With a total land area of 1,139 square miles, the state of Rhode Island can easily fit within its boundaries.