Big Cypress National Preserve
33100 E. Tamiami Trl., Ochopee, FL 34141
A 729,000-acre unit of the National Park Service in south Florida. Located in eastern Collier County, it is part of the Everglades ecosystem and a critical watershed for the Ten Thousand Islands area to the southwest. A diverse wild area of cypress swamps, prairies, pinelands, hardwood hammocks and mangrove estuary and is home to a variety of wildlife.
Swamp Heritage Day Festival
December 7, 2013
The Swamp Heritage Festival shines a spotlight upon the inhabitants of early south Florida, whose rugged strength and pioneering spirit contributed to the shaping of today’s unique and diverse culture. Through living history demonstrations, informative presentations, and exhibits everyone can learn what daily life was like in such a remote, and at times, inhospitable place. These unique chapters in American history add to the rich and colorful tableau that comprises our shared past and present.