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

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.

Daily - 9:30am and 1:30pm

Wednesdays only - 9:30am

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

The Interpretive Center

Front Desk: 239-533-7550

Hours: 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 Gathering of Friends - Speaker Series

February 22 - Brenda L. Thomas M.S., "If Trees Could Talk... Oh Wait, They Can! - Adventures of a Dendrochronologist".  Ms. Thomas is an alumna of FGCU (MS in environmental science, 2009) where her research focused on tree-ring analysis or dendrochronology.  She has worked as the environmental educator for CREW Land & Water Trust until leaving to complete a second graduate degree in environmental science at the University of Florida.  She has been teaching environmental science at FGCU for 3 years and currently serves as the University Colloquium Program Coordinator.  Additionally, she serves on the board of the Estero Bay Buddies and as an assistant at the Herbarium of Southwestern Florida housed at the Naples Botanical Garden and curated by Dr. George Wilder.

All programs are free and open to the public.  However, seating is limited.  Please contact the Friends to reserve a seat two days before the program at or (239) 533-7557.

 Programs are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the Interpretive Center, Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, 7751 Penzance Blvd in Fort Myers.


2017 PHOTOGRAPHY Contest - last day to submit is January 31, 2017

     The Friends of the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve annual photo contest began November 1, 2016.   Entries will be accepted until January 31, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.  Award winners will be notified by February 11, 2017 and prizes awarded at a reception at the Interpretive Center on February 18, 2017.
     There are five categories including Animals, Plants, Open (photos other than animals and plants), Altered and Youth (Ages 17 and under).  Each photographer may submit three photos for the entry fee of $10.00.  Top prize in each category provided by Lee County Parks and Recreation is a one-year Lee County Parking Sticker good at 18 parks and boat ramps in Lee County.   Second and third place winners will receive gift certificates good for purchases in the Friends Corner Shop at the Interpretive Center at the Slough. 
     Winners will be selected by a panel of judges including Geoff Coe, professional photographer, Dr. Charles O’Connor, Friends Vice-President and James Mathisen, US Fish and Wildlife Service Ranger and photography specialist.      
     Please submit your favorite photos of the Slough to the contest.  This event is an opportunity for you to share your beautiful views of this very special natural area and its native wildlife.  Pictures of non-native and exotic plants and wildlife are not considered for the judging.  Pictures may have been taken at any time at the Slough.
     Winning photos will be displayed at the Slough Interpretive Center.   Winning photos are also used for postcards for purchase by visitors in Friends Corner and for advertising for Slough and Friends events. 
  Entry forms and information are available at the Interpretive Center and below.

2017 Entry Form in pdf format.                  

2017 Entry Form in Word format.

"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, or Steve Tutko, 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.