June 26, 2015
Contact: Jason Ginder
Summer is upon us! Big Thicket National Preserve invites you to participate in a variety of ranger-led programs and activities throughout the summer months. This summer schedule runs from Friday, June 26th, through Sunday, August 16th. In the coming weeks, park rangers will be offering the following free public programs.
Tuesday - Kids' Workshop: Join us Tuesday mornings at 9 am in the Big Thicket National Preserve visitor center for an interactive program for kids. This 2 to 2 ½ hour program will target ages 7 through 12. Each week rangers will present hands-on activities focused on a variety of topics.
Tuesday, June 30th: The first Kids' Workshop of the season will explore the diversity of animals in the Big Thicket. Games and activities will allow the young and young at heart to learn more about the wildlife throughout this region.
Friday & Saturday - Ranger-led Hike: Ever wonder where that trail goes? Every Friday and Saturday this summer at 9 am, park rangers will lead exploration hikes along different trails in the preserve. Location, hike distance and program length will vary.
Saturday, June 27th: The first ranger-led hike of the season, “Pitcher Plants and Pines” will be a short 0.5 mile walk on the Sundew Trail. Join Ranger Allison on this 45 min hike and explore the unique vegetation along this trail, including carnivorous Pitcher Plants and Sundews.
Sunday - Heat Retreat: Need to get out of the house and escape the heat? Every Sunday this summer at 2 pm, park rangers will present 30 minute programs in the theater at the Big Thicket National Preserve visitor center.
Sunday, June 28th: The first Heat Retreat of the season is “Nature’s Supermarket,” a look at the many ways the Big Thicket provides food, shelter, and other necessities for wildlife and humans alike.
Complete program descriptions, including titles, locations and topics for each program are available on-line at the preserve’s website, www.nps.gov/bith, on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com.bigthicketnps, and by calling the visitor center at 409-951-6700.
Big Thicket National Preserve is located in southeast Texas, near the city Beaumont and 75 miles northeast of Houston. The preserve consists of nine land units and six water corridors encompassing more than 112,000 acres. The Big Thicket, often referred to as a “biological crossroads,” is a transition zone between four distinct vegetation types – the moist eastern hardwood forest, the southwestern desert, the southeastern swamp, and the central prairies. Species from all of these different vegetation types come together in the thicket, exhibiting a variety of vegetation and wildlife that has received national interest.