Night Sky Programs - Big Cypress National Preserve

Night Sky Programs - Big Cypress National Preserve
December 16, 2017 - March 10, 2018
Hours: 7:00 - December 16th, January 20th, February 17th and March 10th.
33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141
Explore the night sky with park rangers and local astronomers and see why we have been designated as an International Dark Sky Park!

Presentations will include constellation tours and telescope viewing (weather permitting) of astronomical objects including stars, star clusters, planets, nebulae, and galaxies.

Programs will be conducted at the southern end of Seagrape Drive, where the Big Cypress Welcome Center is located (east of SR 29, between MM 73 and 74 on US41).

Outdoor seating will not be available during the interpretive program, telescope viewing, and constellation tours. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets if seating is desired. Night temperatures can be cool and mosquitoes may be present. Visitors should be prepared for weather conditions.

Presentations may be conducted in the welcome center auditorium if weather prevents night sky viewing. As space is limited inside the welcome center auditorium, seating will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Pants, long sleeve shirts or jackets, and bug spray are recommended. Participants are encouraged to bring a red-light flashlight or headlamp for walking to and from the viewing area. Individuals and local astronomy societies are welcome to bring personal binoculars and telescopes.

Got questions? Call us at (239) 695-1149 or (239) 695-1164 for more information.

Admission: Free Collier County Government Webaward Winner IAGTO - Golf Destination of the Year 2014 ACCREDITED - Destination Marketing Organization