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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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Swamp Heritage Festival

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Mark you calendars! Join us on December 6, 2014, from 10:30 to 4:00 pm, at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center as we celebrate the history and culture of South Florida for the FOURTH annual Swamp Heritage Festival!

Learn about the history of this rugged, yet beautiful environment through park rangers, volunteers, local experts and residents that will share their love of the swamp through programs, activities, and thought-provoking presentations.

This FREE family-friendly event shines a spotlight upon the inhabitants of early South Florida, whose rugged strength and pioneering spirit contributed to the shaping of today's unique and diverse culture. Through living history demonstrations, informative presentations, and exhibits everyone can learn what daily life was like in such a remote, and at times, inhospitable place. These unique chapters in American history add to the rich and colorful tableau that comprises our shared past and present.

 

What to expect

* Fascinating Exhibits
* Live Performances

* Powerful Demonstrations and Story Telling at the Campfire Corner
* Thought-provoking Presentations
* Palate-pleasing local food

Click here to see images from last year's Swamp Heritage Festival!

If you would like to participate in this event as an exhibitor, or demonstrate your craft, please contact Jill Wilson at 239-695-4758, or click here to learn more about how you can get involved!

 
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This festival has been made possible through the generous support of the South Florida National Parks Trust and the Florida National Parks Association
 

This festival provides a venue for individuals and groups with a deep connection to the Big Cypress Swamp an opportunity to share stories of the past and hopes for the future related to this special place. The views and opinions of participants are not necessarily those of the National Park Service.

Did You Know?

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Before Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States designated Big Cypress as the country's first national preserve, in 1974, he worked as a National Park Ranger at Yellowstone National Park, in 1936. He was the only US President to have worked for the National Park Service.