Education

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

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Field Trips to Big Thicket National Preserve

Big Thicket National Preserve offers several ways for educators and students to experience the Big Thicket and enhance classroom curriculum. We offer ranger-led educational field trips in the preserve, as well as off-site classroom programs. Educators may also conduct self-guided field trips for their students.

Ranger-led field trips have a group size limit, based upon the number of preserve staff available. Large groups may have to schedule field trips over multiple days. Educators planning self-guiding trips should make reservations to avoid conflicts with other large school groups who may be using preserve facilities on the same days.

To schedule a field trip or a classroom program, please contact us at (409) 951-6720, or email Mary_Kay_Manning@nps.gov. Please note that April and May are our busiest months of the year for school programs, in addition to being very hot, humid, and mosquito-y. Planning a field trip for other times of the year will give you more flexibility in dates, and will be more comfortable for the students.

Field Trip Preparation and Guidelines


 
Every Kid in a Park pass

Every Kid in a Park

Fourth grade teachers! You can inspire your students to learn more about our federal lands and waters and help them get vouchers for free entry into these special places. Fourth graders can go to the Every Kid in a Park website, complete an online game, and print a personalized voucher that gives the students and their families free entrance into federal lands and waters. Students can exchange these vouchers for plastic entrance passes at many federal areas, including Big Thicket National Preserve.

As an educator, you can also go to Every Kid in a Park and print vouchers to give to your fourth grade students in combination with a field trip to the preserve. Contact Park Ranger Mary Kay Manning at (409) 951-6720 or Mary_Kay_Manning@nps.gov for more information on the Every Kid in a Park program and our educational field trips.

 
 

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

6044 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625

Phone:

(409) 951-6800

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