Annually, thousands of visitors from all over the world come to Cypress Island to witness the wading bird rookery in the Preserve. The Nature Conservancy’s Visitor Center and picnic pavilion opened in 2010. The Visitor Center at Cypress Island Preserve reaches out to the community and educates the public on Louisiana ecosystems and the importance of preserving these resources. Preserve Manager, Katherine King, is proud of how the historic Acadian building design is combined with modern green building techniques in its design and construction. The Visitor Center is staffed with trained, volunteer docents. Katherine says, “What I am most proud of is the way we have become part of the community and are looked to as a leader in conservation.”
The Visitor Center is open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on weekends year-round and Wednesday through Sunday during the busy springtime. Please call first for current hours at (337) 342-2475.
April 10, 2013
The preserve is open during daylight hours. The walking trail starting along the levee is closed during alligator nesting season, June through October. The rookery area in the southern end of Lake Martin is closed to all boat entry from February 1 through July 31 for breeding bird season. You may drive along Rookery Road all year round.
Also, please contact us if you are interested in discovering the many volunteer opportunities at this preserve, including working with a team of docents to staff the Visitor Center. Learn More