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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 »

  • 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 »

Swamp Heritage Festival - How Can I Help?


Firber Art

Courtesy - Déda Maldonado’


Would you or your organization like to support the Swamp Heritage Festival through sponsorship? Sponsorship opportunities start at just $250 and are tax deductible!

For any questions or suggestions about our sponsorships, please contact us at 239-695-4758, or e-mail us



Volunteers will play a vital role in the success of the Swamp Heritage Festival. We can't do it without you! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact:

Jill Wilson
National Park Ranger
e-mail us
Phone: 239-695-4758

Volunteers can support the festival in many ways. Here are just a few examples of how we need your help in planning the Festival:

  • Event Setup: assist the day before the event with setting up
  • Volunteer coordinator: Recruit and manage volunteers and the volunteer schedule.
  • Marketing: Post flyers and posters at area business, libraries, and government offices.

We also need your help the day of the festival!

  • Assist with event take-down
  • Provide orientation to visitors and answer questions
  • Assist with educational activities and demonstrations
  • Set up and maintain volunteer break room with snacks and drinks.
  • And much more!

Do you have a particular skill or interest not listed? Please contact us and we'll see how we can get you involved! Thank you for your interest and support for the third annual Swamp Heritage Festival!

Sincerely,The Festival Steering Committee

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?

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.