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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 »

  • Secondary Trail Closure

    Effective 8/1/2014, following the 60-day recreational ORV closure, only the designated primary trails in the backcountry will be open to recreational ORV use and access. All secondary trails will remain closed on an interim basis for an additional 60-days 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 »

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  • Poems must be original and unpublished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?

Alligator in the swamp.

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.