The first park for the South Florida Junior Ranger Trifecta…
Big Cypress National Preserve in Ochopee, Florida and beyond.
This NPS unit preserves freshwater wetlands across the Southern tip of Florida, and the important ecosystems that depend on the health of these environments to survive.
When coming from the West Coast of Florida, out of Naples, across the Tamiami Trail, and into West Miami, you will traverse the Big Cypress National Preserve.
There are two NPS Visitor Centers along that route.
We enjoyed exploring the Westernmost facility, the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center.
We earned our badges engaging with the exhibits and exploring the wetlands surrounding the building.
You may also be interested in the Oasis Visitor Center which has an interesting history as a former private airport hangar!
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