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Upcoming 'Sloughbration' celebrates two decades protecting Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers, Florida
Tara Calligan
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Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers, Florida

This Weekend the nonprofit Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve will hold a “Sloughbration” celebrating 20 years protecting the slough featuring a 'slough' of activities throughout the day.

The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is over 3,500 acres of wetland ecosystem with a Boardwalk trail and Interpretive Center. The importance of the cypress slough is paramount as it catches and slowly filters rainwater on its way towards Estero Bay.

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers, Florida
Tara Calligan
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Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers, Florida

Otters, alligators, turtles, wading birds, rare orchids, snakes, and of course towering cypress tree call the Slough home year-round. And others, like migrating birds and butterflies, use the Slough as a feeding area or a winter home.

alligator at Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
Tara Callligan
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An alligator suns itself at Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers.

It cleans rainfall and recharges the aquifer as the water it collects flows slowly to Estero Bay by way of Ten Mile Canal.

Dive into the history of the slough and discover how a science teacher and his students helped save six mile and learn all about the activities planned to commemorate two decades of slough preservation.

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers, Florida
Tara Calligan
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Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers, Florida

GUESTS:

  • Sabine Vandenhende, President of The Friends of the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
  • Bill Hammond, Environmental educator
  • Dr. Win Everham, Florida Gulf Coast University Professor of Department of Ecology & Environmental Studies

Take 15 seconds to zen out to the sounds of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers, Florida 👇

Take 15 seconds to zen out and enjoy the sounds of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers, Florida. (Video: Tara Calligan)

If you go: Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve 'Sloughbration' in Fort Myers, Florida

When: Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve (parking will be at Century Link Stadium 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway with a free continuous shuttle to the event)

What: Slough-filled activities throughout the day including specialty guided walks, interactive demonstrations, FGCU water school, live animals, kid-friendly activities, artists en plein air, food trucks, live music and more.

Tara Calligan is an award-winning journalist and a public media producer, writer and online content creator at WGCU. Twitter @TlCalligan