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Ranger Led Activities at Big Cypress National Preserve

Join a Big Cypress ranger for a program about the wonders of the Big Cypress Swamp and the Everglades ecosystem. Activities are offered November - April

All activities are free. Make reservations by calling (239) 695-1201. Reservations are accepted up to 14 days in advance of the activity date.

Daily Wildlife Viewing - Three times daily at H.P. Williams wildlife viewing platform - 12 noon, 1 pm and 2 pm - a ranger or volunteer will talk for 15 minutes about local wildlife. No reservations are required
Twice daily, except Tuesdays, at Oasis wildlife viewing platform - 1 pm and 2 pm a ranger or volunteer will talk about alligators and continue with a walk through the Oasis native plant and butterfly garden. No reservations are required.

Kirby Storter Boardwalk Stroll - Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 1 pm. Thursday and Friday at 10 am. Meet at the Kirby Storter Boardwalk trailhead along US 41 for a 1 hour stroll through a cypress strand. No reservations required.

Swamp Walks - Saturdays at 1 p.m., and Mondays at 10:00 a.m.. Discover whatís out there! This is a great way to experience the swamp! Cypress knees and sawgrass make long pants necessary. Wear sturdy shoes that you can get wet and muddy. Bring a change of pants, socks and shoes for your ride home. Limited to 20 people. 2 - 2 1/2 hours. Reservations required.

Deep Lake or Gator Hook Hikes - Sundays 1 pm. Hikes are 2 hours and location alternates weekly. Wear long pants, bring a change of pants and shoes. Reservations are required.

Canoe / Kayak Trips - Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday at 10 a.m.. Weíll provide the canoes or you may bring your own. These trips vary by weather, water level, tide and rangerís choice of location and duration. Knowing canoeing basics is helpful. Limited to 10 canoes or kayaks. 4 hours. Reservations required.

Campfire Programs - Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Friday - Midway Campground. Saturday - Monument Lake Campground. Topics will vary by rangerís choice. Bring a lawn chair and insect repellant (just in case). There is no need to make reservations, just drop on by.

Bicycle Trips at Bear Island - The fourth Saturday of each month. Bike trips will start at 10:00 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month. Bring your own sturdy bicycle, water, food and sun protection. This is a great chance to spend time on your bike seeing a variety of Big Cypress habitats. Trips depart from an access point north of I-75, off Highway 29. Details will be provided when you make your reservation. Limited to 15 people. 4 hours.

Evening Kirby Storter Boardwalk Stroll - Third Friday of each month from 7:30 - 8:30 pm. Bring a flashlight and insect repellent. Walk includes a gator hole. Meet at Kirby Storter boardwalk trailhead along US 41. Reservations recommended.

On your own: Great for wildlife and wildflower viewing especially November - May.
Turner River/Birdon Road Drive - open prairies, cypress and pines. 17 miles. 45 minutes, gravel road.
Loop Road - cypress, hammocks, prairies and pines. 23 miles. 2 hours; 15 miles of gravel, 8 miles paved.

Come prepared: carry water, wear sun protection, and bring insect repellant, snacks, and a sense of adventure! (Due to unforseen circumstances this schedule is subject to change.)

For additional information view www.nps.gov/bicy/

 

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