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. 

Wet walks in August and September. Details below.

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
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.

 

FRIENDS WETWALK DATES SET FOR
AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER
(Note, as of 8/23, all tours are full except August 30 1pm, September 27th 1pm and October 4th, 10am and 1pm).

    

The Friends of the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve will again sponsor off the boardwalk wet walks in August and September.  This is one of the rare times that the public can explore the Slough off the boardwalk.  Friends vice-president Dr. Charles O’Connor will lead the walks at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm on Saturdays August 23rd and 30th and September 13th, 20th and 27th.
     Children must be 8 years or older.  Wear tie on/secure shoes, bring a change of clothing, and cameras should be waterproof.  Walkers can expect to get wet to the waist in clean rain water.  Each excursion will last approximately two hours.  Groups are limited to 16.  Rain showers will not be a problem, but lightning will cause the trip to be cancelled.      
      A $10 donation to the Friends Education Fund is suggested.
      Reservations are required.  Please email a reservation request to Dr. Charles O’Connor at rcoc77@embarqmail.com   Include the date and time requested and a phone number where you can be reached for confirmation.   

Info from wetwalk guide, Charles O'Connor:

Your wet walk is sponsored by Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, a 503C non-profit group of citizens who advocate for the slough and the Parks and Rec staff at the slough.  We make a difference, and as Vice – President and Education Chair I welcome you to the wet walk trail.

Ø  Attire: Long pants, secure shoes that won’t pull off (e.g., no Crocs, flip-flops, flimsy shoes), and bring a change of clothing (we have changing rooms).  We’ll be encountering a lot of submerged roots and occasional cypress knees, so you’ll want to be protected. If you have trouble walking or have poor balance, I’d advise skipping the wet walk. The elevated wooden walkway is more easily negotiated.

Ø   We’ll be walking in fresh, clean rainwater, perhaps up to our waists. You will exit wet, but not muddy except for shoes, and we have a rinse off hose.  Your clothing will later dry out and can be reused. Usually there’s no need for insect repellant.  Any mosquitoes arrive from off site, because the slough water is constantly flowing – mosquitos need stagnant water to breed. 

Ø  Waterproof cameras are best. Expect everything to get wet. We will meet and walk unless a lightning storm is occurring, and then we’ll wait for it to pass. Tropical storms or harsher weather will cancel the walk, and I’ll email you.  Rain is not a problem; Florida weather is quite changeable.

Ø  Allot 2 hours – 20 minute introduction, 90 minute walk, and then changing time.

Ø  I suggest that you allow time before or afterwards to visit the amazing Interpretive Center on site. Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10AM – 4pm. It has a wonderful display of photo contest winning images, a gift shop with unique stuff, and the many interpretive exhibits are top quality. You’ll really enjoy the interactive displays.

Wet walk donations ($10 suggested) are used to sponsor summer camp scholarships, slough educational supplies, student slough trips, and to support educational programs. If you are not able to make a donation, don’t fret - others will make up the difference. If you feel that you want to donate more, please do.  All donations are very appreciated and put to good use. A collection jar will be available as we meet for the walk.

I’m looking forward to meeting you and enjoying our adventure. If you need to cancel please let me know, as there is a waiting list.

Charles O’Connor

2014 ANNUAL FRIENDS
PHOTO CONTEST


View all winning photographs

2014 First Place - Animals Category
Photographer - Jose Padilla-Lopez


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2013 Annual Meeting Report
as presented at our 3/26/2014 meeting

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Connections (our newsletter)
View the Summer 2014 edition .
(.pdf 839 Kb)

View our newsletter page for past issues.

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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.