Big Thicket Association

Programs and Projects

Neches River Adventures

The Big Thicket Association operates The Cardinal, a covered excursion boat on the Neches River for school field trips, social events and Nature classes. The boat operates on the open river, and is capable of navigating the shallows of cypress-lined backwater channels.

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Thicket of Diversity

The Thicket of Diversity project is dedicated to biological field research in the Big Thicket National Preserve, coordinating activities of field biologists doing species inventory and research projects.

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Neches River Rally

The 1st Annual Neches River Rally will be on Sept. 6, 2014. Come join the adventure on a brand new paddling trail. Enjoy the fun, food and entertainment. Watch for registration and more details soon.

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50th Anniversary of the Big Thicket

The 50th Anniversary Celebration of the BTA and the 40th of the Big Thicket National Preserve will be held Oct. 12, 2014. The event will recognize the achievements of both organizations towards the conservation of the Big Thicket.

Our 50th!

50th Anniversary Celebration of the Big Thicket Association

... and the 40th for the Big Thicket National Preserve

The 50th Anniversary Celebration of the BTA and the 40th of the Big Thicket National Preserve will be held Oct. 12, 2014. The event will recognize the achievements of both organizations towards the conservation of the Big Thicket.