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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. 

Time for a wet walk!  Sign up now!

"Connections" Newsletter Summer 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

The Boardwalk has reopened as of 6/18 after maintenance activities. The boardwalk is 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.

 

WET WALKS ANNOUNCED FOR 2015 SEASON

Join the Friends of the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve for an off the boardwalk stroll along the wet walk trail.  Walk in clear, fresh rain water that can be waist deep.  Participants will exit wet, but not muddy.    
     The wet walk trail is not for folks who need assistance, walking sticks, or have trouble with knees, ankles or balance. A person with normal balance and gait will have no problems.
      You should allot two hours. The group size is limited to 16.  Rain showers will not be a problem, but lightning will cause the trip to be cancelled.  
     Children must be eight years or older.  Wear tie on/secure shoes (no flip flops), bring a change of clothing and waterproof camera.  There is no need for insect repellent.
      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.        

All walks are on Saturdays (schedule updated 7/15)

August 15th, 10am  
August 29th, 10am and 1pm
September 12th, 1pm
September 26th, 10am and 1pm
October 3rd, 10am and 1pm
October 10th, 10am and 1pm
October 17th, 10am and 1pm

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Scholarships available for Six Mile Cypress
Slough Summer Campers

     Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is again offering 25 scholarships to interested campers, which will cover the $75 fee of for a camp session.   All sessions of the camps involve exploring and learning about nature through the beauty of the Slough.  Specify which session(s) you desire. If a youngster is interested in attending both sessions, Friends will grant two scholarships if your essay is accepted. The camp runs daily – not overnight.

Click here for an application in eirther pdf or Word format.

Summer Naturalists (10-12 year olds)
July 6th - 10th OR
July 13th through 17th

Wilderness Explorers (12-16 year olds)
July 27th - 31st OR
August 3rd through 7th

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 (the application is located at the bottom of this announcement) should be submitted to Charles O’Connor at rcoc77@embarqmail.com or to Charles O’Connor, 10560 Habitat Trail, Bokeelia, FL, 33922
     If you have any questions please call the Friends at 239-533-7557.

Entries for Wilderness Expolers has been extended to Wednesday, July 15th, 2015. The entry deadline for Summer Naturalists Camp is now closed.  Winners will be notified as we receive the essays. We can usually accommodate all applicants, but don’t delay – the camps have become very popular.

If your camper is already enrolled in camp and wins a scholarship, the Friends will reimburse you directly.

2015 ANNUAL FRIENDS
PHOTO CONTEST


2015 First Place - Altered Category
Photographer - John McConnel

See all of the winning 2015 photographs

Winners will be displayed at the Slough Interpretive Center and used for publicity and fund raising efforts by the Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve.
Questions? Please contact the Friends at 239-533-7557.
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2014 Annual Meeting Report
as presented at our 3/25/2015 meeting

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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.