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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 »

  • 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 »

Ranger-led Activity Schedule, 2013-2014

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Visitors receiving an orientation before heading out on a ranger-led program
 

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Date: November 14, 2013
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

Get out and explore!

The schedule for winter ranger-led activities at Big Cypress National Preserve has been released. Enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the national preserve by taking part in a swamp-walk, talk, guided canoe trip, and more. Now is a great time to get outside and explore the national preserve and see its wildlife. This season's ranger-led activities will run from November 23 through April 13.

Ranger-led programs are offered at various locations and cover a wide range of topics, including: plants, animals, human history, and more. All ranger-led programs are free. Check the schedule posted at visitor centers and bulletin boards throughout Big Cypress for times, places, and subject.

Visitors are reminded to be prepared when participating in ranger-led activities, especially guided hikes. Sturdy foot wear, such as closed-toed shoes is essential for hiking in the swamp. Bring plenty of water and food for the length of the hike. Weather can change quickly, so be prepared by bringing rain gear. Children are welcome at all interpretive programs, but must be accompanied by an adult.

To make reservations, please call 239-695-4758. Reservations are accepted up to 14 days in advance of the activity date.

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Did You Know?

A great white heron scratches its neck. Notice the color of the legs.

The great white heron is very similar to the great white egret. However, look closely and you will see that the heron has yellow legs, while the egret has black legs. The great white heron is found only in south Florida in the United States. It can also be found on several caribbean islands.