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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 »

Annual Big Cypress Poetry Contest

April is National Poetry Month and what better way to celebrate than with a poetry contest? Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is held each April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture.

Big Cypress National Preserve invites submissions for the second annual poetry contest. Participants are encouraged to explore the national preserve, and write about their experiences.

Artists, such as poets have been instrumental in bringing awareness of the significance and beauty of America's natural world to the people for over 200 years. Here is your chance to take part in this important and rewarding tradition!

We are accepting poetry submissions March 1 through April 14, 2014.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place, and poems will be displayed on the Big Cypress National Preserve website, and Facebook page. Winners will be selected by the staff of Big Cypress National Preserve by April 30, 2014.

 
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Poetry from Artists-In-Residence Wendy Burk & Eric Magrane

POETRY GUIDELINES

  • Poems must be 12-point font
  • Poems must be single spaced
  • Poet can submit up to three poems
  • Poems may be written in any format
  • Poems must be submitted by April 14
  • Poems must be original and unpublished
  • Poem must be subject related to natural or cultural history of South Florida
  • Poems cannot exceed two pages (title page does not count toward this limit)
  • Poems must include a title page with: Name of poem, name of poet, contact address, email and phone number

PLEASE EMAIL POEMS BY CLICKING
HERE.

For additional information, please contact the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center at 239-695-4758.

Did You Know?

Bear in a tree.

Many do not expect to see bears in Florida. Actually, we have a healthy population within the state. Big Cypress is one of their ideal habitats in Southwest Florida. If camping in the area, be sure to keep your camp "bear proof."