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Cypress swamp, 'gator hole, pond surrounded by Spanish moss-draped cypress trees
Cypress trees draped with Spanish moss surround the gator hole at Kirby Storter Boardwalk.

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Discover the rich culture and the stories of the western everglades and explore the mosaic of plants and animals that thrive in the diverse environment of Big Cypress National Preserve. Find out the recent events happening in the preserve and tour the area through photos.

Stay connected with Big Cypress and get information on current events

Photos & Multimedia
Browse photos, watch an introductory video to the preserve and take a virtual hike.

History & Culture
The human story of Big Cypress spans thousands of years.

Discover the dynamic and diverse land and water of Big Cypress that are home to hundreds of animal and plant species.

Whether your class is in the park or visiting online, wonderful opportunities for learning and adventure await your students

Kids & Youth
Become a junior ranger and explore the park

View the laws and policies that shape Big Cypress management, and see park statistics

Park Store
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Woman on bike looking into cypress swamp with binoculars.
Swamp Buggy, Biking, &  Birding Adventures
Big Cypress Institute Interpretive Experiences
For longer and more intensive programs in Big Cypress National Preserve, the Big Cypress Institute offers special experiences for families, individuals, and educational groups.

Last updated: May 1, 2020

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33100 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee , FL 34141


239 695-2000

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