• Birder on Village Creek Bridge in Turkey Creek Unit

    Big Thicket

    National Preserve Texas

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  • 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.

For Kids

Park Ranger leading a school program

Kids learning about the Preserve with a ranger.

NPS Photo

For Kids
The Preserve offers a wide range of curriculum-based programs for school age children pre-K through 12th grade. These programs are offered at no charge and only by reservation to our regional schools.

Contact us for reservation at 409-951-6700.

Junior Ranger Program
An easy and exciting way for our young visitors to learn the many unique wonders of Big Thicket National Preserve. Just ask the ranger at the Visitor Center for your free Junior Ranger Guidebook. Kids can earn a ranger badge and certificate by completing activities in the book.

Did You Know?

Sour Lake Baths

Tourism in the Big Thicket area dates back to 1845. A spa located in Sour Lake, catered to the likes of Sam Houston and sold the "sour" water to tourists