• Birder on Village Creek Bridge in Turkey Creek Unit

    Big Thicket

    National Preserve Texas

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  • Hunter Registration Begins July 7

    Big Thicket National Preserve staff will begin issuing hunting permits for the 2014-2015 season on July 7, 2014, at the Preserve visitor center. The visitor center is open from 9 am to 5 pm daily. Please call 951-6700 for more information.

For Teachers

School children enjoying a walk with a ranger

School children on a hike with a ranger in Big Thicket.

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Curriculum-based educational programs

The Preserve offers a range of curriculum-based education programs for students from pre-K through 12th grade. These programs are offered both in the Preserve and at local schools.

For more information, contact us at (409) 951-6700.

Project WILD

Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program that emphasizes wildlife and the environment. Big Thicket National Preserve staff are certified as Project WILD instructors and can both lead programs and teach others to lead them. The suite of Project WILD programs includes Project WILD, Project WILD Aquatic, Project WILD Science and Civics, and Growing up Wild. For more information about these programs, please call the Preserve at (409) 951-6720, or email e-mail us.

Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Program

Big Thicket National Preserve is recruiting local teachers for our summer Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program. This is a professional development program in which teachers work with Preserve staff to develop educational programs and materials for use in the Preserve and in the classroom. Teachers receive a stipend and 3 hours of graduate credit. The program consists of approximately 6 weeks of work in June and July; exact starting and ending dates are flexible. For more information, please contact e-mail us, or call (409) 951-6720.

Did You Know?

Black Bear

The last southern black bear in the Big Thicket region was killed in 1928. These gentle omniivores may begin migrating back to southeast Texas due to reintroduction programs in Louisiana.