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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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Experience Your National Parks During National Park Week

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Date: April 16, 2012
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.

Did You Know?

A purple galinule walking along spadder dock.

The purple galinule though one of the most colorful birds in Big Cypress, is often well camouflaged. Look carefully along canal edges and gator holes for this beautiful bird. Many of the surrounding colors blend well with the birds feathers.