• 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 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?

Ivory-billed Woodpecker

The ivory-billed woodpecker, once considered extinct, was last seen in the Big Thicket in 1967 near the Neches River. Recent sightings in Arkansas give a glimmer of hope for its return.