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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 »

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?

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.