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 and West Gulf Coastal Plain Science Conference

The Science Conference provides a forum for scientists and resource managers to share their research in the West Gulf Coastal Plain ecosystem, which comprises a variety of communities including southeastern pine forests, bottomland hardwood forests, and prairies. All topics relevant to the ecology of the region are appropriate, including studies of plant communities, wildlife, restoration ecology, effects of climate change, invasive species, fisheries, and large-scale disturbance ecology.

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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.