Ranger-Led Activities

Big Cypress Ranger Program Schedule!
Programs will explore the natural and cultural history of Big Cypress National Preserve. You might get a chance to share your stories of alligator encounters or discover some of the rare plants in the Preserve. Maybe it will be about how even the smallest of critters plays an important role in our ecosystem.
We hope that you will enjoy what we have planned for this winter season!

Every day at the Visitor Centers the "Ranger Choice" Program

Oasis Visitor Center: 2 – 2:15 pm and 3 – 3:15

Swamp (Welcome) Visitor Center: 1:45 – 2pm and 2:45 – 3pm


Please call the Big Cypress Swamp Visitor (Welcome) Center for the following Paddle reservations: 239-695-4758

Big Cypress Paddle 10 – 11:30 am
Sun. 23rd: FULL
Mon. 24th: FULL
Fri. 28th: FULL
Sat. 29th: FULL

Sun. Mar. 1st
Sun. Mar. 8th
Mon. Mar. 9th
Sat. Mar. 14th

Big Cypress Paddle 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Sat. 29th: FULL
Sat. Mar. 7th
Fri. Mar. 13th
Sat. Mar. 14th

Please call the Big Cypress Oasis Visitor Center for the following Hike reservations: 239-695-4111

Discovery Hike 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. (all on trails – could be wet or dry)

Fri. 21st Burns Lake
Sat. 22nd Loop Rd.
Sat. 22nd Monroe
Sat. 29th Skillet Strand,

Sun. 1st Skillet Strand
Mon. 2nd Loop Rd
Fri. 6th Monroe
Sat. 7th Bass Lake
Sat. 7th Skillet Strand,

Mon. 9th Monroe
Fri. 13th Bass Lake
Sat. 14th Skillet Strand

Discovery Hike 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (all on trails – could be wet or dry)
Sun. 23rd Burns Lake
Sat. 29th Monroe

Sun. 1st Burns Lake
Sat. 14th Windmill Tram

Discovery Hikes and Big Cypress Paddles dates will keep changing as we add more....please keep checking back.

Please keep in mind all program times and place are subject to change due to staffing and weather.


Florida National Parks Association, in partnership with Big Cypress National Preserve, offers a wide variety of interpretive programs and experiences within and around the Preserve through The Big Cypress Institute.

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.

Various activities into the national preserve are also offered by permitted commercial operators. Current operators and permitted activities.

Last updated: February 22, 2020

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Mailing Address:

33100 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, FL 34141


(239) 695-2000

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