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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 »

  • 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 »

Welcome Center Groundskeeping

Help care for and maintain the grounds at Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center. Volunteers and staff meet each week to maintain and beautify the welcome center grounds. Come out and explore beautiful areas while assisting in litter removal and other important tasks.

Date & Time
Mondays & Wednesdays, Flexible- 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Meeting Location
Big Cypress Swamp Welcome 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.

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.