Annual 60-Day ORV Closure for Wheeled Vehicles
Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, June 3, 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 2. 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 »
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?
Big Cypress National Preserve was one of the first national preserves within the National Park System. As a preserve, Big Cypress manages for a broader range of recreational activities, including hunting and off-road vehicle access.