Swamp Heritage Festival

Swamp Heritage Festival
December 3, 2016
Hours: 10:30 to 4:00 pm
Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center, 33000 Tamiami Trl. E., Ochopee, FL 34141
Join us on December 3, 2016, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 pm at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center just east pf Everglades City on Tamiami Trail as we celebrate the history and culture of South Florida for the fifth annual Swamp Heritage Festival!

Learn about the history of this rugged, yet beautiful environment through park rangers, volunteers, local experts and residents that will share their love of the swamp through programs, activities, and thought-provoking presentations.

This FREE family-friendly event shines a spotlight upon the inhabitants of early South Florida, whose rugged strength and pioneering spirit contributed to the shaping of today's unique and diverse culture. Through living history demonstrations, informative presentations, and exhibits everyone can learn what daily life was like in such a remote, and at times, inhospitable place. These unique chapters in American history add to the rich and colorful tableau that comprises our shared past and present. Enjoy live music, food available for purchase, lots of fascinating Campfire Corner talks, exhibitors and lots more including auditorium presentations from top nationally-recognized speakers.

There will be three main auditorium presentations. Rick Smith's multimedia presentation, "Patrick Smith's Florida is a Land Remembered," a visual storytelling about his father's book "A Land Remembered can be enjoyed in the auditorium 11am to 12:30pm and 3pm to 4:30pm. Franklin Adams will share remembrances of a lifetime of exploration in the Big Cypress and Greater Everglades from 12:30 to 1:30pm; and Clyde Butcher talks about his photography and adventures through swamps, rivers and mangroves from 1:45 to 2:45pm.

Campfire presentations, along with music and more will take place outside. For full details visit the event website, https://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/2016-swamp-heritage-festival.htm.

Admission: Free
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