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. 

Wet walks in August and September. The Interpretive Center will be closed on July 4th.

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
open from dawn to dusk 7 Days a week.

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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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 WETWALK DATES SET FOR
AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER

    

The Friends of the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve will again sponsor off the boardwalk wet walks in August and September.  This is one of the rare times that the public can explore the Slough off the boardwalk.  Friends vice-president Dr. Charles O’Connor will lead the walks at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm on Saturdays August 23rd and 30th and September 13th, 20th and 27th.
     Children must be 8 years or older.  Wear tie on/secure shoes, bring a change of clothing, and cameras should be waterproof.  Walkers can expect to get wet to the waist in clean rain water.  Each excursion will last approximately two hours.  Groups are 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.
      Reservations are required.  Please email a reservation request to Dr. Charles O’Connor at rcoc77@embarqmail.com   Include the date and time requested and a phone number where you can be reached for confirmation.   

   

2014 ANNUAL FRIENDS
PHOTO CONTEST


View all winning photographs

2014 First Place - Animals Category
Photographer - Jose Padilla-Lopez


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2013 Annual Meeting Report
as presented at our 3/26/2014 meeting

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Connections (our newsletter)
View the Summer 2014 edition .
(.pdf 839 Kb)

View our newsletter page for past issues.

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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.