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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 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 »

Ranger-Led Activities

A ranger-led walk on the Kirby Storter Boardwalk.

A park ranger leads a nature walk along the one-mile round trip Kirby Storter Boardwalk.

Enhance your understanding and enjoyment of Big Cypress National Preserve by taking part in a ranger-led 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 national 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.

 

BOARDWALK STROLLS
Stop by for 20-30 minute talks at Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center, Oasis Visitor Center, Kirby Storter Roadside Park, and H.P. Williams Roadside Park.

 

EVENING PROGRAMS
Discover what makes Big Cypress such a special place. These 45-minute programs address a variety of topics. They are offered at several locations during the winter months.

 

GUIDED CANOE TRIPS
Ever wonder what it's like to travel through a mangrove tunnel? These 4-5 hour ranger-led programs offer a glimps into the "heart of the swamp." Be sure to bring your binocluars to spot the many bird species that inhabit the area.

 

GUIDED HIKES
Be prepared to walk two to three miles. Wear sturdy footwear and bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and water.

 

NIGHT SKY & ASTRONOMY PROGRAMS
View one of the darkest night skies in the eastern United States by attending ranger-led astronomy programs at Big Cypress National Preserve. The National Park Service, along with partners, will be conducting night sky outings. For dates and more information click here.

 

PERMITTED COMMERCIAL OPERATORS
Various activities into the national preserve are also offered by permitted commercial operators. To view operators and permitted activities click here.

 

SPECIAL REQUEST PROGRAMS
Schedule permitting, park rangers are available for on-site special request programs and off-site presentations for school groups, civic organizations and other local groups.

For information and scheduling, please contact the Environmental Education and Outreach Coordinator at 239-695-1164.

Did You Know?

Airboat traveling through wet prairies.

Airboats are one of the approved ways to access remote areas of Big Cypress National Preserve. Remember, all off-road vehicle access requires a valid permit, and visitors operating ORVs need to know the legal areas they can operate.