Friends of Six Mile Cypress

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.
Please explore our site to learn about the slough and to find ways to be a part of its preservation.

 

The Slough ( pronounced: sloo )

7751 Penzance Blvd.
Fort Myers, Florida
 (map)

The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is over 3,500 acres of wetland ecosystem with a Boardwalk trail and Interpretive Center. The cypress slough catches and slowly filters rainwater on its way towards Estero Bay. A myriad of animals like otters, alligators, turtles, wading birds, and more live at the Slough year-round. Others, like migrating birds and butterflies, use the Slough as a feeding area or a winter home.

The Friends : The Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is a not-for-profit advocacy and support organization committed to preserving, protecting and promoting Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve for future generations.

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. For the most up-to-date information and programs, visit Lee County's Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve web site to learn more about it!

Guided Walk Schedule
Please arrive 30 minutes early to register at the boardwalk entrance.

January-March:
Daily - 9:30am and 1:30pm

May-October:
Wednesdays only - 9:30am

April, November and December:
Daily - 9:30am

The Interpretive Center

Front Desk: 239-533-7550

Hours: Closed May 15 through June 9 for pressure cleaning and painting,

Beginning June 10, open Tuesday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

closed on Mondays

No Fee for Park Admission

Parking Fee:
$1 an hour or a maximum of $5.00/stay

The Friends Corner s a store in the Interpretive Center selling clothing items, educational nature books and other items pertaining to the slough.

For our clothing choices, come visit the
Friends store online .

 

Don't Miss our Upcoming Events...

2017 Summer Camp Scholarship

Four weeks of specialty camps are offered each summer at Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve. A maximum of 12 scholarships will be awarded by the Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, our non-profit organization that supports educational opportunities at the Slough. 

 All sessions of the camps involve exploring and learning about nature through the beauty of the Slough. Each camp is led by the Camp Director and Lead Counselor, with additional support by Volunteer Counselors.  Every camp day follows a detailed schedule of activities in the Slough’s Interpretive Center, boardwalk trail, Rock & Stroll Garden, and wet walk trail (Fridays only). Children should not bring any electronic equipment (e.g. cell phones, i-Pods) to camp.

 Please note, these are day-camps with specific drop-off and pick-up times. Campers must bring their own lunch, snacks, and refillable water bottle with a strap or clip. Each scholarship covers the full cost of the camp program fee ($75). Scholarships are awarded as acceptable applications are received. If a student is interested in attending two sessions, the Friends may grant two scholarships if your essay is accepted and space is available.  Download the 2017 scholarship application here.

"Rock On" in the Slough Garden

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.


Mission Statement

Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is a not-for-profit advocacy and support organization committed to preserving, protecting and promoting Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve for future generations through education and community partnerships, working together with Lee County and South Florida Water Management District.

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is a critical wetland system having positive value in inspiring and educating its visitors about wetlands and their roles in preserving the environment and local quality of life. Friends’ vision is to maintain the Preserve’s positive community influence in perpetuity.