Come visit the Friends store online

FRIENDS CORNER

NOW ONLINE

     Purchase T-shirts, hats and visors with the Friends of the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve Logo.  The Friends online store is now open for business.

friendscorner.qbstores.com

     All of the proceeds from the purchases at the website are for the support for programs and exhibits at the Interpretive Center and support of the Lee County Florida Parks and Recreation staff at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers, Florida. 

2016 Guided Wet Walks - see below!! .

"Connections" Newsletter Spring 2016 (.pdf 1.013 Mb) (click here for past issues.)

Welcome to the web site of the Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers, Florida.  We are a not-for-profit advocacy and support organization committed to preserving, protecting and promoting Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve for future generations (Read our mission statement.)  Please explore our site to learn about the slough (Pronounced: sloo) and to find ways to be a part of its preservation.

The Boardwalk
Hours: Dawn to Dusk, every day unless noted on the link below:

The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is managed by the Lee County Department of Parks and Recreation. Please click the logo to access the official site with the most up-to-date information and programs.


The Interpretive Center at the 
Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
Front Desk: 239-533-7550

open: Tuesday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
closed on Mondays

Directions
7751 Penzance Blvd., Fort Myers, Florida
Exit #131 off I-75
Take Daniels Parkway west
Turn right (north) on Six Mile Cypress Parkway
1.5 miles north on the right
For a map, click here


GENERAL INFORMATION

Parking Fee
You do not have to pay for admittance to the park. However, your vehicle parking fee of $1 an hour or a maximum of $5.00 per stay is used for maintenance and programming for the preserve.

Guided Walk Schedule
January-March: Daily - 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
May-October: Wednesdays only - 9:30 a.m.
April, November and December: Daily - 9:30 a.m.

Since it takes at least one hour to enjoy the trail, there is no entry one hour prior to the closing times listed above.

New Guided Walk Procedures

Visitors planning to join the daily and twice daily guided walks will need to arrive early.  To enhance the visitors’ experience, procedures are in effect that will limit the guided walks to the first 20 people to check in, first come, first served (no groups of six or more).  Check in for guided walk begins 30 minutes prior to the start at the entrance to the boardwalk.  The entire party must be present at the Trail Host Station to sign up. Each guided walks lasts about 90 minutes and will cover three-quarters of a mile on a raised, fully-accessible boardwalk trail. 


Please Note!
Smoking, fishing, jogging, pets, bikes and roller blades are not permitted along the trail.




The Interpretive Center is now open for visitors.  This building is Lee County’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building.  The building is a result of a lot of hard work, dedication and commitment from an entire community and the partnerships that have been formed.  Please visit to see our “green” building and learn what it means to be “green.”

To get a closer look at the Interpretive Center and its construction visit Lee County's Parks & Recreation page dedicated to the green building.

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The Boardwalk has reopened after scheduled annual maintenance in June. Come enjoy the beauty of the slough.

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2016 Guided Wet Walks

The Friends of the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve are hosting off the boardwalk strolls along the wet walk trail that is usually closed to the public. The invigorating, beautiful path is immersed in the watery heart of the Slough. Group size limited to 16. Rain showers will not be a problem, but lightning will cause the trip to be cancelled. A $10 donation to the Friends Education Fund is suggested. A reservation is required.
Please email a reservation request to Charles O’Connor at rcoc77@embarqmail.com Include the date and time requested and a phone number where you can be reached in case of a weather emergency affecting the walk.

The 10am is a long walk and more strenuous. 2 hours, and we make the big loop.

The 1pm walk is a medium walk and less strenuous. 1.5 hours, and we walk to the Big Tree and return via the same route.

Sat.,  August 6, 20, 27    10:00 am and 1:00 pm
Sat.,  September 10               1:00 pm
Sat.  September  17       10:00 am and 1:00 pm
Sat.  October 1                10:00 am and 1:00 pm

Attire: Long pants, secure shoes that won’t pull off (e.g., no Crocs, flip-flops, flimsy shoes), and bring a change of clothing (we have changing rooms). Folks with improper shoes will not be allowed on the trail, per Preserve safety rules.  We’ll be encountering a lot of submerged roots and occasional cypress knees, so you’ll want to be protected. If you have trouble walking or have poor balance, I’d advise skipping the wet walk. The elevated wooden walkway is more easily negotiated. The wet walk trail is not for folks who need assistance, or have trouble with knees, ankles or balance. A person with normal balance and gait will have no problems.

Must be at least 10 years old because of the length of the trail and the possible water depth.

We’ll be walking in fresh, clean rainwater, perhaps up to our waists. You will exit wet, but not muddy, and we have a rinse off hose.  Your clothing will later dry out and can be reused. Usually there’s no need for insect repellant because the slough water is constantly flowing – mosquitos need stagnant water to breed. .  Rarely, there are a few mosquitoes that arrive from off site.

Waterproof cameras are best. Expect everything to get wet. We will meet under the parking lot pavilion and walk unless a lightning storm is occurring – in which case we’ll wait for it to pass. Tropical storms or harsher weather will cancel the walk.  Rain is not a problem. Florida weather is quite changeable.

I suggest that you allow time to visit the amazing Interpretive Center on site. Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10AM – 4pm. It has a wonderful display of photo contest winning images, a gift shop with unique stuff, and the interpretive exhibits are top quality. You’ll really enjoy the interactive displays.

Wet walk donations ($10 suggested) are used to sponsor summer camp scholarships, slough educational supplies, student slough trips, and to support educational programs. If you are not able to make a donation, others will make up the difference. If you feel that you want to donate more, please do.  All donations are very appreciated and put to good use. A collection jar will be available.

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2015 Annual Meeting Report as presented at our 3/23/2016 meeting

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Wanted!  Volunteers to help with the Adopt a Highway trash pickup every third Saturday of the month.    Meet at the boardwalk parking lot at 9:00 AM for a fun time helping keep Six Mile Cypress Parkway cleaner!

“ROCK ON” In the Slough Garden


click photo for close up view

     The Friends are launching a unique fund raising project to support the educational programs and materials for the Slough. With a donation of $250 to the Friends Educational Fund a beautiful natural river stone (approx. 11” – 15” in size) will be placed in the center garden at the Slough. 
     The stones may be engraved with a name, favorite saying, peaceful thought, or remembrance.  Each stone can accommodate up to 25 characters.  The stones will be placed along the center garden walkways near the main parking lot.  The Rock committee anticipates that the stones will last for many years.  What a great way to own your personal pathway marker in the Slough!
     The stones are available at $250 each.  Please contact Terri Krass, drtkrass@gmail.com or Steve Tutko, swampscreamer@aol.com for an order form or call the Friends at (239) 533-7557.

 

   

Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve Corp. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity. Registration Number CH13822 Florida Dept of Agriculture and Consumer Services.