Currently there is fire activity within the Preserve. 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 »
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 »
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 »
Stars, Comets & Nebulas, Oh My! An Introduction to Amateur Astronomy
Contact: Lisa Andrews, 239-695-1164
On Friday, March 15, at 6:00 pm come join us as we enjoy the night sky of Big Cypress National Preserve. Park rangers will first lead an indoor presentation introducing night sky features and the lore that surrounds them. We'll then move outside to view the universe through a telescope and have a chance to see Comet PANSTARRS as it travels by our planet. Big Cypress National Preserve is known as a great place for star gazing. The night sky at the Preserve doesn't have the light pollution that neighboring cities have. This will be the third star program offered this season.
We recommended that you bring a lawn chair/blanket, long-sleeves, pants, bug spray, flashlight (red light is best). Do you have a telescope or binoculars? Bring them, but they aren't required.
If interested, meet us at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center (located between mile markers 73 & 74 on highway 41).
Did You Know?
Within the preserve, the HP Williams and Oasis Wildlife Viewing Platforms are popular areas to see alligators. The best time to see large congregations of alligators is typically from January through May. Remeber not to feed or approach these dangerous animals.