Clyde Butcher and his wife Niki hosted the Annual Fall Festival at their Big Cypress Gallery Oct. 26 and 27 to support the Big Cypress National Preserve Swamp Water and Me (SWAMP) – a program that brings more than 3,500 students a year into Big Cypress for a day of hands-on learning and adventure. Every year the Butchers invite the public to come out check out the gallery and as part of the fun, special swamp walks behind the gallery are available for the brave (and not-so-brave) at heart. The walks were $50 per person (kids 17-and-under are free, no tickets required) with 100% of the proceeds supporting the Swamp Water and Me Program (SWAMP) in Big Cypress National Preserve.
The South Florida National Parks Trust (SFNPT) funds student field trips to Big Cypress National Preserve each year for 6th-grade students from Collier County. The programs are made possible through the generous support of South Florida photographer Clyde Butcher and his family, and other Trust donors. For more information, visit www.southfloridaparks.org.