The Sanctuary attracts over 100,000 visitors each year, but most are restricted to the boardwalk trail; backcountry areas are off limits to the general public.
Except for staff, the only persons allowed backcountry access are visiting scientists, special guests, Florida Wildlife Commission officers, and cooperating conservation agencies. The entire sanctuary boundary is fenced and posted with signs; it is also patrolled on a routine basis. Trespass law is strictly enforced and all offenders are prosecuted to the severest extent of the law.
Volunteers are a critical component of managing the land. For information on how you can participate, please click here.