Ranger-Led Activities

A ranger-led walk on the Kirby Storter Boardwalk.
A park ranger leads a nature walk along the one-mile round trip Kirby Storter Boardwalk.

Enhance your understanding and enjoyment of Big Cypress National Preserve by taking part in a ranger-led program. Programs are offered at various locations from November 20, 2016 to April 15, 2017 .

All ranger-led programs are free. To make reservations, identify the program of interest and call the appropriate number related to that program. Reservations are accepted up to 14 days in advance between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

A downloaded version of the 2016-17 program schedule is available.

2016-2017 Ranger Led Activities

Join us for third annual Big Cypress Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 18, 2016. Last year we had about 85 species and we think we can top that this year! We will be meeting at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center at 7:00 am. From there we will plan to split into teams and head into different areas of the preserve and parts just outside of it. If you would like to be a part of our count, please register with us by contacting the count organizer or call the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center at 239-695-4758.

View one of the darkest night skies in the eastern United States by attending ranger-led astronomy programs at Big Cypress National Preserve. The National Park Service, along with partners, will be conducting night sky outings. For dates and more information click here.

Get out and explore YOUR national park and preserve! The Tamiami Trail "Triathlon" encourages individuals and families to get out of their cars and explore areas within easy access of the Tamiami Trail. The triathlon challenge will be available for visitors to take part in on their own at any time of the year. Discover more here.


Various activities into the national preserve are also offered by permitted commercial operators. To view operators and permitted activities click here.


Schedule permitting, park rangers are available for on-site special request programs and off-site presentations for school groups, civic organizations and other local groups. For information and scheduling, please contact the Environmental Education and Outreach Coordinator at 239-695-1164.

Last updated: November 21, 2016

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