Come visit the Friends store 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.

     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. 

Friends Pot Luck Dinner - Wednesday, December 9th, 6pm

"Connections" Newsletter Fall 2015 (.pdf 1.1 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

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


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.



Friends Kick Off Season With
Potluck On December 9th

     You are invited to the Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve’s annual Holiday Potluck.  Festivities will commence at the Interpretive Center on Wednesday, December 9th at 6 p.m.
     Please bring a dish to pass.  The Halls will be decked and entertainment provided.  (It’s always entertaining at the Slough.)   Come ready to jingle those bells!  The party is open to all Friends members and nonmember friends as well. 
     The Friends Corner store will be open for business for Christmas gifts for all ages.
     Space is limited so please RSVP to or to the Friends at the Slough (239) 533-7557.


 Seventh Slough Photography Contest Is Underway
2016 Photo Contest Rules & Entry Form

Photograph by John McConnell, First Place Altered Category 2015

     The Friends of the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve seventh annual photo contest is underway. Entries will be accepted until January 31, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. Award winners will be notified by February 14, 2016 and prizes awarded at a reception at the Interpretive Center on February 27, 2016.
     There are five categories including Animals, Plants, Open (photos other than animals and plants), Altered and Youth (Ages 17 and under). Each photographer may submit three photos for the entry fee of $10.00. Top prize in each category provided by Lee County Parks and Recreation is a one-year Lee County Parking Sticker good at 18 parks and boat ramps in Lee County. Second and third place winners will receive gift certificates good for purchases in the Friends Corner Shop at the Interpretive Center at the Slough.
     Winners will be selected by a panel of judges including Geoff Coe, professional photographer, Dr. Charles O’Connor, Friends Vice-President and James Mathisen, US Fish and Wildlife Service Ranger and photography specialist.
     Please submit your favorite photos of the Slough to the contest. This event is an opportunity for you to share your beautiful views of this very special natural area and its native wildlife. Pictures of non-native and exotic plants and wildlife are not considered for the judging. Pictures may have been taken at any time at the Slough.
Winning photos will be displayed at the Slough Interpretive Center. Winning photos are also used for postcards for purchase by visitors in Friends Corner and for advertising for Slough and Friends events.
Entry forms and information are available at the Interpretive Center and online at

2016 Photo Contest Rules & Entry Form


2014 Annual Meeting Report as presented at our 3/25/2015 meeting


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, or Steve Tutko, 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.