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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Big Thicket Day 2015

On October 10th, 11:30am-3:00pm we will host Big Thicket Day. This is a FREE event that will take place at Collier’s Ferry Park on the Neches River. The park is adjacent to the Beaumont Country Club and is the historic site of Collier’s Ferry. Free parking and free entry into the park. Entertainment will be provided and booths will offer hands-on activities for children of all ages. The IVORY BILL will be on hand to conduct short eco-tours on the Neches. The tours are $5 per person, children under 3 are free. Big Thicket Outfitters will have canoes and kayaks for rent at a nominal fee with guided tours into the Lake Bayou in the Big Thicket National Preserve. BTA and the Big Thicket National Preserve will use both events as a “kick-off” of the National Park Service’s Centennial Celebration for 2016.

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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.