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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 »

Backcountry Volunteer

The goal of the Backcountry Volunteer Program is to increase the ability of the National Park Service to contact, assist and educate visitors in the Preserve backcountry, assist with minor trail maintenance as needed and aid in the monitoring of the backcountry trail system.

Backcountry Volunteers are trained in the use of off-road vehicles and travel along backcountry trails that allow for off-road vehicle use assisting and educating visitors as needed. Volunteers perform minor trail maintenance and identify major trail issues that need to be addressed.

Backcountry Volunteers are customer service oriented, enjoy the outdoors, have a basic understanding of backcountry travel and are good team players. Prior knowledge of Big Cypress trails and off-road vehicles is beneficial for these volunteers, but not necessary. To become part of the program, a short training commitment is required.

To apply, please click here.

Did You Know?

Researchers gather data from a bear that was removed as a nuisance.

Do not feed 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.