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Parks – Big Cypress National Preserve

February 12, 2021

The Halfway Creek Bridge Officially Opens at Big Cypress

Providing an elevated exploration experience is one of our top priorities and today our latest major project to enhance the visitor experience at Big Cypress National Preserve is being unveiled – the Halfway Creek Bridge! This much-needed bridge crosses the canal adjacent to the Big Cypress National Preserve Swamp Welcome Center on US 41. The…

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April 9, 2020

5th Annual Wine & Wildlife Raises a Record $119,000

(Naples, Fla.) – The South Florida National Parks Trust (SFNPT) sets an organizational record with more than $119,000 raised during its 5th annual Wine & Wildlife event on February 26 at the Naples Botanical Garden. Over 225 friends gathered to celebrate and support Florida’s National Parks. The evening included educational presentations by the National Park Service, a…

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August 21, 2019

New Superintendent selected for Big Cypress National Preserve

August 2019 – The National Park Service has named a new superintendent at Big Cypress National Preserve. See below for the NPS news release announcing the appointment. Thomas Forsyth Named Superintendent of Big Cypress National Preserve ATLANTA (April 21, 2019) – Today, National Park Service (NPS) Southeast Regional Director Robert A. Vogel announced the selection of…

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August 19, 2019

Our Summer Intern says goodbye to her National Park Adventure

August 2019 – Allie Hellier is headed back to school this month after “finding her park” in South Florida. In a final blog post, Allie reflects on the people she met and the lessons she learned while on assignment in South Florida’s national parks. By Allison Hellier Endings are uncomfortable. It means forging into the…

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May 30, 2019

Collier County School Kids Explore Big Cypress on SWAMP Field Trips

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 Contact: Don Finefrock 305-665-4769 Thursday May 30, 2019                                              dfinefrock@southfloridaparks.org This year’s Big Cypress SWAMP Program Gives 2,000 Kids the Gift of Nature NAPLES, FL — More than 2,190 Collier County students, teachers and parents, braced in bright orange vests and a willingness to get wet and muddy, stepped out of the classroom…

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May 29, 2019

Giving Children the Gift of Nature

May 2019 – SFNPT Executive Director Don Finefrock wrote this article for the May 2019 edition of Preservation Today, the magazine of Dade Heritage Trust. Learn more about Dade Heritage Trust at http://dadeheritagetrust.org/ More than 18,000 school children discovered nature last year on national park field trips funded by the South Florida National Parks Trust….

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May 2, 2019

Biscayne Bay Brewing partners with SFNPT to support Marine Conservation in South Florida

Photo: Volunteers from Biscayne Bay Brewing remove marine debris from turtle nesting beaches in Biscayne National Park as part of a new partnership with the SFNPT. May 2019 – Biscayne Bay Brewing Company is giving back to support local marine conservation efforts through a new partnership with the South Florida National Parks Trust (SFNPT). For every…

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May 1, 2019

Changing Lives: Final Results for 2018-2019 SWAMP Program

May 2019 – More than 2,190 Collier County school kids, teachers and parents explored the Big Cypress National Preserve this school year on curriculum-based science education programs led by National Park Service rangers. Read the final report on this year’s program below, or watch this video of students from North Naples Middle School on a…

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February 21, 2019

New Fire Fund Supports Enhanced Training for Big Cypress Firefighters

February 2019 – The South Florida National Parks Trust has established a Big Cypress Fire Fund to support the training and professional development of the Big Cypress firefighters who battle wildfires and manage prescribed burns in the Big Cypress National Preserve. Challenge Match: For a limited time, donations made to the BIG CYPRESS FIRE FUND will be…

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January 22, 2019

The Impact of a Shutdown on South Florida’s National Parks

January 2019 – The government shutdown that began just before Christmas has become a gut-wrenching experience for people who love national parks, including the park rangers who have been told to stay home while parks remain open. Images of uncollected garbage, human waste and butchered trees in places like Yosemite Valley and Joshua Tree National…

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