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. 

Special Friends Gathering April 23, 6 pm

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

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.



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.



View all winning photographs

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


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


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

View our newsletter page for past issues.


Camp Scholarships available for
Six Mile Cypress Slough Summer Campers

     Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is again offering scholarships to interested campers, which will cover the fee of $75 for a week of camp. Students from ages 10 -16 are asked to submit a one page essay explaining, “Why I want to go to the Six Mile Slough Summer Camp”. Essays and the application should be submitted to Charles O’Connor at or to 7791 Penzance Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33966. (The application is located on the Slough’s webpage at under facilities and parks.) Please specify which session you desire.
Summer Naturalists (10 to 12 year olds)
June 23 through 17            
July 7 through  11
Wilderness Explorers (12 to 16 year olds)
July  21 through 25
July 28 through August 1
     The same information is covered each week of camp. If you have any questions please call Heather at 239-533-7556. Entries must be received by Friday, May 15th, 2014. Winners will be notified by June 1st, 2014. If your camper is already enrolled in camp and wins a scholarship, the Friends will reimburse you directly. 

Summer Naturalists (10 to 12 year olds)
June 23 through 17            
July 7 through  11
Wilderness Explorers (12 to 16 year olds)
July  21 through 25
July 28 through August 1


     The Monday Group, High School Juniors and Seniors in Lee Schools’ Environmental Education Program will host a special Friends Gathering from 6-8 pm, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. 
      More formally known as the Environmental Education Research Seminar Class, the Monday Group and its students helped establish the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, initiated plans for Manatee Park, promoted the Bald Eagle Habitat Protection Ordinance, worked to support Conservation 2020 and Babcock Ranch, brought awareness to exotic species issues, and most recently, has promoted school gardens and worked to celebrate and inspire others about Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve. 
     This year’s Monday Groupers are eager to reveal a commemorative plaque to be placed in the center garden at the Preserve. The plaque was designed by the students and seeks to engage the public in the slough’s history and aspires to inspire environmental stewardship.  The Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve has worked with the students to make the plaque a reality and all are invited to the celebration. 
     The evening’s reveal will include an exploratory welcome in the interpretive center with an historical slide show of Monday Group actions and accomplishments, lectures from influential community members about their relationship with the Monday Group, and ending with celebratory cake and punch. 
     The event is free and open to the public; however, space is limited.









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.