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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 »

Volunteer

ABOUT THE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM AT BIG CYPRESS

Each year hundreds of volunteers contribute approximately 30,000 hours of service to Big Cypress National Preserve. Volunteers are involved in virtually every aspect of preserve operations. Some work full-time during the winter season, while others may work one day a week or even for a few hours on a special project. Some are students and others are retirees looking for adventure during their "golden years." Some maintain and/or patrol trails while others work as campground hosts or as visitor center personnel.

Regardless of age or background, these folks share a desire to make a positive contribution to the management of the preserve. Volunteers are a valuable and valued part of our operation and our community.

For more information regarding the Big Cypress National Preserve volunteer program, please contact the preserve Volunteer Coordinator at 239-695-1229, or by email.

Mailing Address:
Attention: Volunteer Coordinator
Big Cypress National Preserve
33000 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, FL 34141

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.