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 »
Experience Your National Parks During National Park Week
Contact: Christopher Derman, 239-695-1165
In celebration of National Park Week, Big Cypress National Preserve will offer ranger-led programs on April 23-25, 2012. Topics vary from butterflies, reptiles and guided canoe programs.
For programs on April 23 and 25, please meet at the Oasis Visitor Center auditorium at 1:00 p.m. Programs will last approximately one hour. Ranger-led canoe trips will be conducted on April 24, and will last two hours, with one starting at 10:00 a.m. and one starting at 1:00 p.m.
National Park Week is a celebration of "America's best idea." From April 21-29, entrance fees are waived at those National Park System units that charge such fees.
"America's national parks offer something for everyone," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "Take a break and experience something new, enjoy some fresh air, get some exercise, and see where history happened. And, since admission is free to all 397 parks, all week long, National Park Week is a great time to get up, get out, and explore a park."
For canoe program reservations, call the welcome center at 239 695-4758, from 9:00-4:30. For general information, please visit the Preserve website at www.nps.gov/bicy.
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