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. 

Summer camp scholarships are now available - seee 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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April  27,  2016 Friends Gathering 7pm

Alexis Horn, Sierra Club Panther Habitat Campaign Coordinator  - Ms.  Horn,  a  native  Floridian,  has  worked  in  the  environmental  field  for  over  ten years.  She  has  worked  as  an  endangered  species  biologist  with  the  National  Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, receiving the Employee of the Year Award for proactive work. She has also been an adjunct professor of biology and environmental science and ran the Florida Panther Campaign for the national Sierra Club.

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Scholarships available for Six Mile Cypress Slough Summer Campers

Download Form - Due by June 1st

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 two sessions, Friends will grant two scholarships if your essay is accepted and space is available. The camp runs daily – not overnight.

Slough Secrets (8-9 year olds)
July 11th through 15th

Summer Naturalists (10-12 year olds)
July 18th through 22nd   OR
July 25th through 29th  

Wilderness Explorers (12-16 year olds)
June 20th through 24th

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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.