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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 »

Drop-In Volunteer Opportunities

Got some time to kill? Looking for a way to contribute your time? Going to be in the neighborhood? We need your help! Come out and lend a hand, while enjoying the scenery of Big Cypress National Preserve. Your contribution is vital to the health of the Preserve and our community.

We offer a range of volunteer opportunities throughout Big Cypress. Many options do not require training or a lengthy time commitment and we welcome folks "dropping-in" to lend a hand. It's a great way to meet others, as well as a fun and rewarding way to spend the day.


For more information, contact us at (239) 695-1229.

 

CURRENT DROP-IN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Project Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Oasis Butterfly Garden Steward 1-3:00pm 1-3:00pm
Welcome Center Groundskeeping

9-4:00pm
(any time)

9-4:00pm
(any time)

 
volunteers at work
Volunteers removing Brazilian pepper.

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.