Woodlands Trail Closure
The Woodlands Trail in the Big Sandy Creek Unit will be closed August 19-29 and September 2-12, 2014, while park staff and an AmeriCorps crew apply herbicide to trifoliate orange, an invasive non-native shrub that has become problematic in that area.
The visitor center at Big Thicket National Preserve has a number of exhibits showing the many ecosystems found here, as well as hands-on activities. Kids can also do activities to earn a Junior Ranger badge and certificate - just ask for a free pamphlet at the visitor center desk. There are also a number of hiking trails throughout the preserve, ranging from a 0.3-mile loop to 15 miles.
While nothing takes the place of visiting national park areas in person, kids can learn about these areas online by becoming "webrangers". Go to www.webrangers.us to complete fun activities and learn about the wide variety of resources in our national park units.
Did You Know?
Many kinds of snakes are found in the Big Thicket. Most are harmless, although the venomous cottonmouth, coral, copperhead, and various rattlesnakes do make this their home.