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Upcoming Big Thicket Nat’l Preserve programs

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    NPS photo — A visitor to the Big Thicket National Preserve paddles along in the Beaumont Unit.
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The staff at Big Thicket National Preserve encourages you to take advantage of the cooler days of winter and early spring by visiting your local national preserve. People can explore the preserve on their own or join preserve staff on some of the many ranger-led programs being offered throughout the next several months.

Join rangers on a canoe trip on Village Creek, a hike amid carnivorous plants and longleaf pines, or a workshop to learn about local history and more. All programs are free, but some require participants to pre-register due to limited space. Be sure to consult the 2020 Winter/Spring Ranger-led Program Schedule for details. Information on all of the public programs is available on our website at, or follow us on Facebook at

Big Thicket National Preserve is in southeast Texas, near Beaumont and 75 miles northeast of Houston. The preserve consists of nine land units and six water corridors encompassing more than 113,000 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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