Currently there is fire activity within the Preserve. More »
2013 Zone 4 Closure
Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 8, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. 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 »
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 »
Enhance your understanding and enjoyment of Big Cypress National Preserve by taking part in a ranger program. Programs are offered at various locations from November to April. Topics include: plants, animals, human history, and more.
All Ranger-led programs are free. Check the schedule posted at visitor centers and bulletin boards throughout the preserve for times, places, and subject.
To make reservations, please call: (239) 695-4758. Reservations are accepted up to 14 days in advance of the activity date.
Special Request Programs
For information and scheduling, please contact the education and outreach coordinator at 239-695-1164.
Permitted Commercial Operators
Did You Know?
Please do not feed any of the wildlife within the preserve. A "fed bear is a dead bear." This bear was fed and eventually became a threat to visitor safety. Nuisance wildlife is sometimes removed, but typically does not survive.