November 28, 2016
Contact: Ardrianna Mclane
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.
Join us on Saturday, December, 3 2016 for the 6th annual Big Cypress Swamp Heritage Festival 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. This year's event will host a variety of speakers, exhibitors and demonstrations of people and organizations tied to the Big Cypress. The event is held annually on the first Saturday of December. The festival runs from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Information on the festival can be found at https://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/2016-swamp-heritage-festival.htm.
The evening of the heritage festival will be the first of our winter Night Sky Programs starting at 7:00 p.m. More information can be found at - https://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/astronomy-programs.htm. This program will be held monthly on 12/3, 1/21, 2/10 and 3/25. The event provides visitors the opportunity to experience some of the darkest skies east of the Rocky Mountains. The night sky at the preserve was recently recognized by the International Dark-Sky Association through it's Dark-Sky Places program.
Daily during the winter months, through mid-April, the National Park Service offers a variety of ranger-led outings and talks that provide visitors the opportunity to explore the cypress and discover more about this special place. From short talks, strolls along easy boardwalks, canoe trips and longer wet walks visitors get to immerse themselves into the wilds of south Florida. For more on our activities, and to learn if reservations are required, go to - https://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/ranger-led-activities.htm