Annual 60-Day ORV Closure for Wheeled Vehicles
Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, June 3, 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 2. More »
Beginning Monday, May 13 through Friday, August 16 camping will be available at the Midway Campground and the “loop” in the Bear Island Campground within Big Cypress National Preserve. All other established campgrounds will be closed. 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 »
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?
Many do not expect to see bears in Florida. Actually, we have a healthy population within the state. Big Cypress is one of their ideal habitats in southwest Florida. If camping in the area, be sure to keep your camp "bear proof."