SIX MILE CYPRESS SLOUGH INTERPRETIVE CENTER ../images/detail_photos/six-mile-center.jpgSIX MILE CYPRESS SLOUGH INTERPRETIVE CENTER Address 7791 Penzance Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33966 Google Map/Directions Contact Information Heather Gienapp 239-533-7556 firstname.lastname@example.org Facility Staff Events Events CalendarProgram Descriptions Hours It's busy season at the Slough! Parking lot often full 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Consider carpooling, biking, or walking to this Preserve during peak hours. Bus parking currently unavailable.Interpretive Center: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Closed: Mondays)The Interpretive Center will be CLOSED for the following holidays: Memorial Day (5/29), Independence Day (7/4), Labor Day (9/4), Veterans Day (11/10), Thanksgiving (11/23 & 11/24), Christmas (12/22, 12/23, 12/24 & 12/25), and New Year's (12/29, 12/30, 12/31 & 1/1). Boardwalk Trail: Dawn to dusk, every day Information The Interpretive Center at 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. Parking fee: $1 per hour per vehicle, maximum $5 for the day. Please bring exact change. Parking machine accepts cash or credit cards (Visa or MasterCard only). Admittance to Boardwalk trail and Interpretive Center is included in the parking fee. Lee County Annual Parking Stickers are accepted at this location. Things to DoLearn about the Slough and its wildlife through interactive displaysTalk with a Slough volunteerVisit the Friends Corner gift shop (refillable water bottles for sale)Relax in a rocking chair on the back deckView our photo contest winnersIndoor FacilitiesRestroomsWater fountains to refill water bottlesPark RulesThe following are not allowed in the Preserve: Alcohol Pets FishingFeeding wildlife Collection of ANY natural or cultural resources, including but not limited to any plants, animals, shells or artifacts. *Riding your bike to the Preserve does not require a parking fee. Two bike racks are available to lock up your bike once you arrive. Riding or walking bikes along the boardwalk is not allowed. A bike path is located along Six Mile Cypress Parkway. The following are not allowed on the boardwalk:Food or drink (other than water)SmokingJogging or powerwalkingBiking, roller skating, or skateboardingRadios or other loud noiseItems prohibited in entire Preserve as stated above*Please respect the space and quiet observation needs of individual visitors by limiting cell phone use on the boardwalk to EMERGENCIES ONLY.*Double-wide strollers are not recommended for use on the boardwalk.LEED Certification & More What makes our building green? Self-guided green building tour map Public Efforts to go Green -wgcu Multi-purpose room rental brochure View the winning video from the 2014 Video Contest To learn more about the Slough, visit our Preserve website. History The ground breaking for this project was on March 14, 2007. The 11,000 sq ft Center opened to the public on April 12, 2008. A dedication ceremony for the exterior mural was held on April 30, 2015. The Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve partnered with and supported the Parks and Recreation department by having fundraisers and by raising awareness 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 minimal disturbance to the land. In areas that were disturbed, Florida native plants were reintroduced. Many of the materials that were used in the building are eco-friendly. For example, the bamboo that covers the ceilings in the display room is a rapidly renewable resource. The Center's boardwalk and deck are made from Trex lumber, which is composed of recycled plastic from grocery bags and pallet wraps along with recycled wood. Rainwater is collected from the roof and stored in a cistern below the Interpretive Center. This water is then used to flush the toilets. Visit Six Mile Cypress Slough's Interpretive Center to see even more examples of green building practices.