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November 16, 2017
Big Thicket National Preserve Announces Visitor Center Holiday Closures
The Big Thicket National Preserve visitor center will be closed on certain days during the holiday season.

November 14, 2017
Temporary Hunting Closures in Big Sandy Creek Unit
Part of the hunting area in the Big Sandy Creek Unit will be closed to hunting on December 9, 2017, and January 15, 2018.

November 14, 2017
Calling All Fourth Grade Students to Join the Every Kid in a Park Program
All fourth-grade students are invited to participate in the Every Kid in a Park program.

November 09, 2017
Free Park Pass for Active Duty Military Personnel to all National Park Units
Active duty military personnel and their dependents can get a free pass for all National Park Service sites and other federal lands.

November 07, 2017
Big Thicket National Preserve Announces Winter 2017-18 Ranger-led Program Schedule
Big Thicket National Preserve has announced its schedule of ranger-led programs for late fall 2017 through the winter of 2018.

October 06, 2017
Houston, a Focus City in the Every Kid in a Park Program, Receives Field Trip Grant from the National Park Foundation
The National Park Foundation has provided a grant to Houston-area schools to fund educational field trips as part of the Every Kid in a Park program.

September 27, 2017
Big Thicket Day 2017
Join us at the preserve visitor center on October 14th as we celebrate the anniversary of the founding of Big Thicket National Preserve.

September 19, 2017
Big Thicket National Preserve Hurricane Harvey Update
An update on recovery in Big Thicket National Preserve, almost three weeks after Hurricane Harvey.

September 13, 2017
Hurricane Harvey Recovery Big Thicket National Preserve
Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts continue in Big Thicket National Preserve.

September 03, 2017
Big Thicket Visitor Operations Will Resume on September 5th
The Big Thicket visitor center will resume normal operations on Tuesday, September 5.

September 03, 2017
Big Thicket National Preserve Facilities Remain Closed Due to Hurricane Harvey
The Big Thicket National Preserve visitor center remains closed due to the impacts of Hurricane Harvey on facilities and staff.

August 02, 2017
Big Thicket National Preserve hunting permit registration begins September 1
Registration for hunting permits in Big Thicket National Preserve will begin on September 1, 2017.

July 22, 2017
Big Thicket National Preserve Announces New Hunting Opportunities for the 2017 Season
Big Thicket National Preserve will offer new hunting opportunities this season, particularly the opening of an area specifically for waterfowl hunting.

July 20, 2017
Big Thicket National Preserve Joins the Little Free Library Movement
Big Thicket National Preserve has joined the Little Free Library Movement, a worldwide program to promote literacy through access to free books.

July 07, 2017
Big Thicket Employee Honored for Heroism
Park Ranger Michael Hughes was awarded the Department of Interior Valor Award for is outstanding performance during the extreme flood conditions of May 2016.

June 21, 2017
Big Thicket National Preserve Suspends Issuance of Camping Permits
Big Thicket National Preserve has suspended the issuance of all backcountry camping permits until further notice due to the potential impacts of Tropical Storm Cindy.

April 21, 2017
Big Thicket National Preserve Announces Summer 2017 Program Schedule
Big Thicket National Preserve has a wide variety of ranger-led programs this summer, including day hikes, night hikes, canoe trips, and indoor afternoon heat retreats.

April 20, 2017
Tourism to Big Thicket National Preserve Creates $15,909,400 in Economic Benefits
Tourism to Big Thicket National Preserve provides great economic benefit to local communities, both in spending and in supporting local jobs.

January 12, 2017
Temporary Closure of the Lakeview Day Use Area
The Lakeview Day Use Area has been temporarily closed due to erosion that compromises the stability of the riverbank and parking lot.

December 13, 2016
Representatives from state and federal offices help plant longleaf pine trees
Nearly 1,200 volunteers, including representatives of state and federal offices, have helped plant longleaf pine trees in Big Thicket National Preserve in the past year as part of the preserve's Centennial Celebration.

May 27, 2016
Drones and fireworks are banned in all National Park Service areas.
Fireworks and unmanned aircraft are prohibited in all National Park Service areas, including Big Thicket National Preserve, for visitor safety and resource protection.

 

Last updated: April 11, 2015

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