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Who We Are

Our Mission: Connecting people to Big Cypress Institute through educational and experiential programs which foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the parks natural and cultural resources.

The Big Cypress Institute is a partnership between the Big Cypress National Preserve (BCNP). The Institute provides immersive, educational and interpretive experiences for visitors of BCNP. These interactive programs teach visitors about the ecosystems and history of the park and its surrounding areas. Proceeds from programs are used to support Everglades National Park.

About the Florida National Parks Association:

Since its inception in 1951, the Florida National Parks Association has provided more than 4.1 million dollars in aid to the National Park Service areas of South Florida.

The Florida National Parks Association operates under Congressional authorities as the official private, non-profit partner supporting educational, interpretive, and historical and scientific research responsibilities of Biscayne, Dry Tortugas, and Everglades National Parks, and Big Cypress National Preserve.

Executive Director
James Sutton