Nature & Science

An aerial view of Big Cypress National Preserve vegetation featuring cypress domes interspersed with grassy wetlands.

Big Cypress National Preserve is located in southwest Florida in some of the most rugged terrain in the state. The preserve encompasses approximately 729,000 acres of a freshwater swamp ecosystem, offering refuge to a wide variety of plants and animals.

Plants and animals in the Preserve are protected from unauthorized collection. Big Cypress National Preserve was created in 1974, to protect the water quality, natural resources, and ecological integrity of the Big Cypress Swamp.


The National Park Service South Florida Natural Resources Center

The South Florida Natural Resources Center (SFNRC) is a National Park Service office that provides scientific information and environmental assessments to the NPS units of South Florida and to the Department of Interior.

SFNRC scientists seek to conserve and, where necessary, restore the normal suite of interactions between the biological and physical elements of the environment in order to ensure a functional ecosystem and its associated biological diversity.

Reflecting the holistic nature of the ecosystem, the center works to integrate applied science with management actions toward the preservation of resources for the enjoyment of future generations.

Last updated: December 19, 2023

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