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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 2014 Zone 4 Closure

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 7, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. More »

  • Turner River Closure

    Turner River is closed due to low water conditions. It is advised that visitors consider paddling Halfway Creek as an alternative. More »

  • Campground Closure

    Beginning January 27, through August 28, Burns Lake Campground will be closed to camping. It will still be accessible for day use and backcountry access, however. 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 »

Stars, Comets & Nebulas, Oh My! An Introduction to Amateur Astronomy

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Date: March 5, 2013
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?


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.