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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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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 great white heron scratches its neck. Notice the color of the legs.

The great white heron is very similar to the great white egret. However, look closely and you will see that the heron has yellow legs, while the egret has black legs. The great white heron is found only in south Florida in the United States. It can also be found on several caribbean islands.