Big Thicket Association

Programs and Projects

Neches River Adventures

The Big Thicket Association operates the "Ivory Bill", 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

This canoe and kayak rally takes paddlers on one of the most popular paddling trails in Southeast Texas: The Cooks Lake to Scatterman Trail The trail features the famous Madonna Tree with a paddle through a cypress-tupelo forest in the backwater channels of the Big Thicket National Preserve. The Neches River Rally is a family friendly event hosted by the Big Thicket Association.

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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 was held Oct. 11, 2014. The event recognized the achievements of both organizations towards the conservation of the Big Thicket.