Come visit the Friends store 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.

     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. 

Friends Gathering Wednesday April 22 @ 7pm - Featured Speaker: Nicole Johnson, Conservancy of SW Florida

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

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


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.



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, or Steve Tutko, for an order form or call the Friends at (239) 533-7557.


Mural Welcomes Visitors to the Slough

      There is a new addition to the Interpretive Center thanks to members and donors of the Friends of the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve!  A committee of board members, staff and volunteers led by retired Slough Supervisor, designed this beautiful mural that will welcome visitors to the Slough. 
      A dedication ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 9 am.  The Board of Directors of the Friends organization and the Lee County Department of Parks and Recreation hope that you will participate in this exciting event!  The event will take place outdoors under the shade of tents in front of the mural.  Refreshments will be provided in the Interpretive Center immediately following the ceremony.
      The Board of Directors the Friends of the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is excited to see this project completed. The sculpture will provide the first “WOW” moment for visitors to the Slough.

What:  Dedication Ceremony for the mural adorning the exterior of the Interpretive Center
Where:  Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve (7751 Penzance Blvd.)
When:  Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 9 am
Refreshments to follow.
Please RSVP  if you plan to attend.



2015 First Place - Altered Category
Photographer - John McConnel

See all of the winning 2015 photographs

Winners will be displayed at the Slough Interpretive Center and used for publicity and fund raising efforts by the Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve.
Questions? Please contact the Friends at 239-533-7557.

Membership Newsletter Distributed Via Email

The latest issue of the Friends newsletter, Connections, October, 2014 was just distributed digitally for the first time.  This issue and all past issues are also available at the Newsletter tab on this website.
The newsletter was sent to all members via the email address included with the membership form.  Members that did not receive a copy should send a request to the newsletter email address,  so an email address can be added to the membership file. 
Remember this is a great opportunity to forward the news of the Friends to your family, friends, kindred spirit tree huggers and any one you think might be interested.

Thank you so much for your continued support of the Slough and of the Friends mission to protect, preserve and promote the Slough.  Please contact us at the new email for the newsletter with any questions, comments or concerns. 

2014 Annual Meeting Report
as presented at our 3/25/2015 meeting


Connections (our newsletter)
View the Spring 2015 edition .
(.pdf 1.5 Mb)

View our newsletter page for past issues.


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.