Friends of Six Mile
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.
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
Open Tuesday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed on Mondays
Admission is free with paid 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.
What's Happening Now...
2018 Summer Camp
Various Lee County summer camps will run at the Slough this summer from June 11 though August 3 for children ages 8 through 16. Download the scholarship application to see specific details and to register for one of 15 available scholarships to any given camp. Parents are able to register for summer camp beginning Monday, February 26th with scholarship applications accepted beginning the same day. Paper applications will also be available at the front desk in the Interpretive Center.
Yearly Photo Contest
Do you have some nice pictures taken in the Slough? Have you dreamt of ever having a postcard of one of your pictures being sent across the world? Why not participate in our photo contest. We are accepting pictures throughout the year for our annual photo contest. If you are interested, download the 2018 photo contest application (deadline January 31, 2018 at 3:30pm).
"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, firstname.lastname@example.org or Steve Tutko, email@example.com for an order form or call the Friends at (239) 533-7557.
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.