Park staff offering day hikes, night hikes, and paddling trips this month.

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Date: September 5, 2015
Contact: Interpretation Staff, 409-951-6700

With cooler fall weather upon us, Big Thicket National Preserve invites you to participate in a variety of ranger-led programs and activities throughout the month of September. In the coming weeks, park rangers will be offering the following free public programs.

Friday, September 11th @ 8:15 pm – Explore the Park in the Dark: A walk in the woods can be a very different experience at night. Engage your senses and learn about nocturnal animals on this 1.7-mile walk. Bring water, good walking shoes, and a flashlight or headlamp with a red lens. No light-up shoes. Participants can meet at 8:15 pm at the Kirby Trailhead, located 2.5 miles east of the Big Thicket National Preserve Visitor Center on FM 420. You can also meet the rangers in the Visitor Center parking lot at 7:45 pm and caravan to the trailhead. 

Sunday, September 13th @ 10 am – Paddle the Preserve: Join park rangers for a guided canoe trip on the waters of the preserve. This program targets the casual and novice paddler. Canoes, PFDs and paddles will be provided for this free program. To identify the location and register for this program, contact our visitor center at 409-951-6700. 

Saturday, September 19th @ 10 am – Paddle the Preserve: Join park rangers for a guided canoe trip on the waters of the preserve. This program targets the casual and novice paddler. Canoes, PFDs and paddles will be provided for this free program. To identify the location and register for this program, contact our visitor center at 409-951-6700. 

Sunday, September 20th @ 10 am – Logging History of the Thicket: Interested in the life of a late 19th century lumberjack? Come out to the North Turkey Creek Trail at 10 am to learn more on a short 1 mile hike. The trail head is located East of Warren on FM 1943. 

Friday, September 25th @ 8:15 pm – Explore the Park in the Dark: A walk in the woods can be a very different experience at night. Engage your senses and learn about nocturnal animals on this 1.7-mile walk. Bring water, good walking shoes, and a flashlight or headlamp with a red lens. No light-up shoes. Participants can meet at 8:15 pm at the Kirby Trailhead, located 2.5 miles east of the Big Thicket National Preserve Visitor Center on FM 420. You can also meet the rangers in the Visitor Center parking lot at 7:45 pm and caravan to the trailhead. 

Saturday, September 26th @ 10 am – Paddle the Preserve: Join park rangers for a guided canoe trip on the waters of the preserve. This program targets the casual and novice paddler. Canoes, PFDs and paddles will be provided for this free program. To identify the location and register for this program, contact our visitor center at 409-951-6700.

Complete program descriptions, including 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. 

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Last updated: September 5, 2015

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