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Donor Spotlight: Clyde Butcher & family support SWAMP programs for kids in Big Cypress

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November 2016 – Acclaimed South Florida photographer Clyde Butcher and his family are supporting outdoor science education programs in the Big Cypress National Preserve this year with a donation of $6,500 to South Florida National Parks Trust. The donation represents the proceeds from this year’s Halloween swamp walks behind the family’s Big Cypress Gallery on Tamiami Trail. Read below for detail on this year’s Halloween event and the donation.

CLYDE BUTCHER DONATES $6,500

TO BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE

PROCEEDS FROM “OPEN HOUSE” HALLOWEEN WEEKEND TO ASSIST WITH EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

Ochopee, FL – Award-winning photographer Clyde Butcher and his team donated $6,500 in proceeds this month from their 2nd Annual “Trick or Tree” Open House event to the South Florida National Parks Trust (SFNPT) to support environmental education programs for 6th-grade students in the Big Cypress National Preserve.

The event, held Halloween weekend at Big Cypress Gallery in Big Cypress National Preserve, included Swamp Walks led by National Park Service rangers from the Big Cypress National Preserve.

“What a great way to raise money for environmental education. By booking a Halloween swamp walk at the Big Cypress Gallery, people are supporting an education program that allows 2,200 school kids a year to take their own swamp walk with a ranger,”  said Don Finefrock, executive director of SFNPT, the official nonprofit partner of Big Cypress National Preserve. “We hope these students will fall in love with Big Cypress and the Everglades and grow up to be environmental stewards so that these places are preserved and protected for years to come.”

During the Open House weekend, Butcher exhibited his collection of 33 National Parks photographs he has captured over the last 50 years.  Butcher considers himself more a teacher than a photographer in hopes that, by sharing nature’s beauty, it is kept in a natural condition for future generations.

The Big Cypress National Preserve is a biologically diverse ecosystem, distinct from the Everglades ecosystem, but both are commonly referred to as the Everglades.  The Big Cypress became designated as a preserve in the 1970s and its 729,000 acres became protected.  The Preserve is known for both its flora and fauna which includes the Florida panther and black bear, the Florida alligator, and a wide assortment of birds and protected wildlife.

Big Cypress Gallery is located along the scenic Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41), 47 miles east of Naples and 36 miles west of Miami at Mile Marker 54.5, about half mile east of the Big Cypress National Preserve  Oasis Visitor Center.

For more information on Big Cypress Gallery and swamp walks held year round visit: https://clydebutcher.com/big-cypress/swamp-walks/

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