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January 30 – February 05, 2019

Big Cypress Ten Mile Camp Trail Maintenance (Back Country)
FTA Staff and Big Cypress Chapter


Big Cypress National Preserve is often noted as the most remote wilderness hike on the Florida Trail. Get your feet wet while you trek through cypress groves in search of rare ghost orchids, migratory bird populations or even a glimpse of the endangered Florida panther.

This special Volunteer Work Party helps you enjoy Florida’s most remote wilderness experience. It’s our most popular event and fills up quickly – so act fast!

This event is a free volunteer opportunity. Join our crew to perform trail maintenance on the Florida Trail!

Please Note: This is a remote, backcountry experience. The trail crew will be camped in a primitive location near Ten Mile Camp. Volunteers must have backcountry camping experience, and be willing to stay with our crew for a week .

Volunteers will start at the Oasis Visitors Center. During this Volunteer Work Party, volunteers will stay near Ten Mile Camp in a remote section of Big Cypress.

Name: Oasis Visitors Center

Address: 52105 Tamiami Trail E
Ochopee State: FL Zipcode: 34141
County: Miami-Dade County

Type: Back-country (Remote Wilderness)


Primitive, Back-Country Camping

Bathroom: Primitive, WAG toilets
Shower: Solar showars
Potable Water: Yes (FTA will provide)
Power: No

RV Hookups: No

Type of work: Trail Maintenance

Section of the FNST: Florida National Scenic Trail, Big Cypress National Preserve
Maintenance Unit: Ten Mile Camp

Total Hiking Miles Per Day: 6+ Miles
Activity Level: Difficult to Strenuous
Start Time: @ 8:00 AM
End Time: approx. 4:00 PM

Minimum Age: 18 years old
Youth Allowed (Under 18): No
Physical Difficulty: Difficult to strenuous activities. Volunteers will be assigned tasks based on their individual comfort level and technical proficiency.

Restrictions: Only US Forest Service certified sawyers will be allowed to operate chainsaws on the Florida Trail.

When registering, volunteers may be asked about known medical conditions or allergy concerns. This information is treated as confidential information, and is only shared with Crew Leaders and the Florida Trail Association Staff. Please disclose all known medical and allergy information. This information enables crew leaders and staff to respond appropriately to medical emergencies. Medical or allergy conditions will not disqualify you from participating in a Volunteer Work Party.