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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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Oasis Butterfly Garden Steward

Help care for and maintain the butterfly garden at Oasis Visitor Center. Volunteers and staff meet each week to provide native butterfly habitat. Come out and explore beautiful areas while assisting in invasive plant removal, pruning and planting.

Date & Time
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Meeting Location
Oasis Visitor Center

Individuals & Families
Drop-in individuals are welcome. Registration is not required for participation. Complete the volunteer application and bring with you. Our office is closed Friday and Saturday, so if you need more information, please contact us in advance.

Groups
Groups of five or more may require special arrangements and must be confirmed in advance. Fill out the Group Project Request Form.

Age, Skills, What to Bring
Volunteers ages 10 and up are welcome. Parent and/or legal guardian must accompany minors.

  • Bring your volunteer waiver (PDF). Volunteers under the age of 18 must have the parent/guardian approval section signed.
  • Please wear clothes that can get dirty, closed-toe shoes, layers for changing weather, and rain gear, if necessary. Also, bring a personal water bottle, sunscreen, and lunch.
  • No experience necessary. Training and tools will be provided.
 
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Volunteers hard at work improving the Oasis Visitor Center butterfly garden.

Did You Know?

Many large trees that did exist were harvested in the early 1900s.

There are few "big cypress" in Big Cypress National Preserve. The name actually refers to the great expanse of cypress forest, hundreds of thousands of acres, within the Big Cypress Swamp.