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7791 Penzance Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL

Heather Gienapp
Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Programs
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Interpretive Center Hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tues. - Sun. Closed Mondays.
Boardwalk Trail:  Dawn to Dusk every day, year round.


The following are prohibited in the preserve: alcohol, pets, fishing, bicycles, skateboards or rollerblades and the collection of ANY natural or cultural resources. This includes (but is not limited to) any plants, animals, shells or artifacts. Bike path is located along Six Mile Cypress Parkway.

The Interpretive Center at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is the first public, certified Green Building in Lee County. It has been built under the nationally recognized “Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design” or LEED certification system.

A certified green building is one that has minimal negative effects on the environment, achieved through the careful selection of materials, construction methods, energy use strategies and maintenance practices.


Educational Programs:

  • Educational Programs Brochure
  • Group tours and programs are available by reservation only
  • Avoid scheduling your group's arrival for regular guided walk times of 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
  • Contact Andee Naccarato at (239) 533-7555 at least two weeks in advance to check availability
  • See our Teacher's Packet for group-use information, chaperone guides, activities, sunshine state standards and educational references
The ground breaking for this project was on March 14, 2007. The 11,000 sq ft Center opened to the public on April 18, 2008.

The Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve partnered with and supported the Parks and Recreation department by having fundraisers and by raising awarenss of the importance of making the building LEED certified. The building achieved a Silver Certification.

The Center was built on an old road bed creating a minimum of disturbance of the land. In areas that were disturbed, FL native plants that use little water were reintroduced. Many of the materials that were used in the building are eco-friendly like bamboo a product which is a rapidly renewable resource. The boardwalk and deck are made from Trex lumber. This lumber is made of recycled plastic from grocery bags and pallet wraps along with recycled wood. Rainwater is collected into a cistern from the roof. This water is then used to flush the toilets.

For more information see a short power point presentation - What makes our building "Green"?