November 28, 2016
Heritage Festival, Night Sky Programs and Annual Ranger-led Activities
The weather is getting cooler, the water levels are dropping in the swamp and there's no biting insects to speak of. It's a great time to get out to the Big Cypress National Preserve and enjoy the activities the National Park Service have planned.
October 31, 2016
Big Cypress Recognized as International Dark Sky Place
The National Park Service is pleased to announce that Big Cypress National Preserve has been designated an International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) International Dark Sky Place. With the extent of urbanization in the eastern United States it is becoming nearly impossible to experience the night with little impact from artificial light pollution. Here in south Florida, away from the urban development of the east and west coasts, Big Cypress National Preserve has one of the last protected night skies where visitors can still enjoy the splendor of the Milky Way and see a night-sky strewn with thousands of stars with only the naked eye.
October 19, 2016
6th Annual Big Cypress Swamp Heritage Festival Saturday, December 3
Join us for the 6th annual Big Cypress Swamp Heritage Festival – Saturday, December, 3 2016 – at the Big Cypress National Preserve Welcome Center, 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141. This FREE family-friendly event shines a spotlight upon the inhabitants of South Florida, whose rugged strength and pioneering spirit contributed to the shaping of today's unique and diverse culture. These unique chapters in American history add to the rich and colorful tableau that comprises our shared past and present. Join us every year on the first Saturday of December for this annual event.
October 04, 2016
Preserve Preparing for Hurricane Matthew
Big Cypress National Preserve is closing at 5:00 PM today in preparation for the approach of Hurricane Matthew. The Oasis Visitor Center, The Swamp Welcome Center, and Campgrounds will be closed Wednesday, October 5th and Thursday, October 6th. The closure will remain in effect until further notice.
July 20, 2016
Preserve/Refuge Seek Comments on Fire Management Plans Environmental Assessment
Big Cypress National Preserve and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge are seeking public comments on a joint Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing the environmental impacts of their respective updated Fire Management Plans (FMPs).
May 09, 2016
Trespass, Photography Stunt, Likely Cause for Monroe Station Fire
On April 9, 2016 at approximately 11:45 p.m. firefighters and law enforcement personnel responded to a fire at Monroe Station. The historic structure, located at the junction of Tamiami Trail and Loop Road, was consumed by fire and burnt to the ground.
Big Cypress Law Enforcement Rangers investigated all leads and within 48 hours focused in on a person of interest. The primary suspect, a man from South Florida turned himself in on April 11, 2016.
January 14, 2016
Commercial Air Tour Management Agreements Signed
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Park Service (NPS), and two commercial air tour operators have signed air tour management agreements to manage commercial air tours over Big Cypress National Preserve. These are the first-ever agreements of this kind developed for any unit of the NPS.
January 11, 2016
Preserve Seeks Comments on Preliminary Alternatives for the Backcountry Access Plan / Wilderness Study / EIS
The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comments on a suite of preliminary alternatives for managing backcountry access and use within Big Cypress National Preserve. Concurrently with the review of preliminary alternatives, the NPS is also holding a scoping opportunity to receive public input related to the development of a wilderness study and potential wilderness proposal.