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 »
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 »
Wings of Wonder Butterfly Exhibit at Big Cypress
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Contact: Visitor Information, 239-695-1201
From December 4 through February 26 the Miami Blue Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association will have photos of the winged jewels of the swamp, butterflies native to Big Cypress, on display at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center and the Oasis Visitor Center. This exhibit provides beautiful photography along with useful information on butterfly conservation and protection.
The exhibit is made possible through a grant from the South Florida National Parks Trust and features photography by Jamie Bernard, Lisa Blackwelder, Linda Cooper, Ron Nuehring, Bill Perry, Hank Poor, Holly Salvato, Jim Spencer, Mickey Wheeler and Michelle Wisniewski.
The exhibit will be highlighted on December 11 when the National Park Service will provide special programs on butterflies and walks searching for butterfly species. Programs will be presented at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at both centers.
The Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center is located at 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL; the Oasis Visitor Center is at 52105 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL. Both are opened from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
For more information on the exhibit, related activities on December 11 and other ranger-led activities within Big Cypress National Preserve call the Oasis Visitor Center at 239-695-1201. For information on other available programs within the Preserve click here.
Did You Know?
HP Williams and Oasis Visitor Center are popular places to see alligators. The best time to see large congregations of alligators is typically January-May. Do not feed or approach wildlife.