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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 »

2014 Swamp Heritage Festival

Mark you calendars! Join us on December 6, 2014, from 10:30 to 4:00 pm, at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center as we celebrate the history and culture of South Florida for the FOURTH annual Swamp Heritage Festival!

This page will be updated with activities, educational programs, and events as they are confirmed.

Keep checking back and come celebrate with us!

 

What to expect

* Fascinating Exhibits
* Live Performances

* Powerful Demonstrations and Story Telling at the Campfire Corner
* Thought-provoking Presentations
* Palate-pleasing local food

There will be more information to come as vendors and presenters are confirmed. Please click here for an idea of what we have in store for this year!

If you would like to participate in this event as an exhibitor, or demonstrate your craft, please contact Jill Wilson at 239-695-4758, or click here to learn more about how you can get involved!

 
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This festival has been made possible through the generous support of the South Florida National Parks Trust and the Florida National Parks Association
 

This festival provides a venue for individuals and groups with a deep connection to the Big Cypress Swamp an opportunity to share stories of the past and hopes for the future related to this special place. The views and opinions of participants are not necessarily those of the National Park Service.

Did You Know?

A purple galinule walking along spadder dock.

The purple galinule though one of the most colorful birds in Big Cypress, is often well camouflaged. Look carefully along canal edges and gator holes for this beautiful bird. Many of the surrounding colors blend well with the birds feathers.