South Florida outdoors notebook

▪ Snook harvest season will close in the Keys, Everglades National Park, and Gulf from Monday through Feb. 28 when the fish are most vulnerable to cold water temperatures. Snook will be closed to harvest in Atlantic waters Dec.15 through Jan. 31. For more information, visit myFWC.com.

▪ Biscayne National Park offers new and expanded free programs through April 30. They include manatee walks, shoreline snorkeling, guided canoe trips, dip-netting programs, Family Fun Fests and lionfish dissecting. Free trolley transportation is provided on weekends from Homestead. For a schedule and more information, visit www.nps.gov/bisc.

▪ Big Cypress National Preserve will celebrate its 40th anniversary from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday with food, drink, and live music at the Collier County Museum, 3331 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. Tickets are $75 and $125. The preserve will hold its Swamp Heritage Festival from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Big Cypress Welcome Center, 33000 Tamiami Trail East. Ochopee. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/bicy.

▪ Join the Friends of Fakahatchee for a holiday boat cruise from Everglades National Park to Fakahatchee Island on Dec. 22. Tickets are $80 and reservations are required. Visit www.orchidswamp.org.

▪ Buy fishing tackle and other marine tools and equipment at reduced prices from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 17-18 at the Big Pine Key Nautical Flea Market at the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, milemarker 31, U.S. 1. For more information, call 1-800-872-3722.

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