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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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

Cooperating Association

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The Florida National Parks Association operates under Congressional authorities as the official private, non-profit partner supporting educational, interpretive, historical and scientific research responsibilities of Biscayne, Dry Tortugas and Everglades National Parks and Big Cypress National Preserve.

These areas comprise more than 2.5 million acres and form a vital network in preserving the south Florida ecosystem. By supporting increased public understanding of these world renowned natural and cultural areas, the Florida National Parks Association also tangibly assists in raising public support for their long term preservation and care.

The association's mission is to assist visitors and support the parks in their efforts to increase public understanding of the outstanding natural and cultural values of the parks. The association is an important link in connecting people with their parks.

By becoming a member of the Florida National Parks Association, you can be directly involved in helping preserve these parks as irreplaceable parts of south Florida’s heritage. You can join others who care and are motivated to do their part for south Florida; and the nation. Membership also entitles you to discounts on purchases locally and at participating sales outlets nation-wide.

Visit www.evergladesassociation.org for information on the Association, how to become a member, and to review a sales catalogue.

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.