The Big Thicket Association

... a Friend of the the Big Thicket National Preserve

Current News

BTA welcomes our new Executive Director Ms. Diane Thompson. (See Blog Below)...... Now accepting reservations for Public Tours and Private Charters. Book now. Click 'Neches River Adventures' at the top for details. Call office for information on private charters available year round. .......... Check out the About page for our Big Thicket Association YouTube Channel, and our Neches River Series Playlist, where you will find a growing library of educational content, such as a video about the Neches River and BTA activities.

57th Anniversary of the Big Thicket Association

The Big Thicket Association (BTA) is a 501(c)3 organization committed to expanding, enhancing and protecting the Big Thicket National Preserve, in order to assure the preservation, conservation and protection of the natural, scenic and recreational values of a significant portion of the Big Thicket region of southeast Texas.

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.

Neches River Adventures

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.

Thicket of Diversity

The 2022 Neches River Rally is now open for Early Bird Registrations. Rally will be held on Saturday September 10.

Neches River Rally

Established in 1999, the Big Thicket Natural Heritage Trust has worked to "Save the Big Thicket" piece by piece. To date, the small non-profit has raised over $100,000 and acquired over 241 acres. The lands become donations to the Big Thicket National Preserve of the National Park Service.

Big Thicket Natural Heritage Trust

Latest stories

Maxine Johnston, longtime leader of the Big Thicket Association and conservation efforts in East Texas, has recieved the Terry Hershey Women in Conservation Award for 2018, to recognize her critical roles in establishing the Big Thicket National Preserve and for maintaning community enthusiasm over the decades since the 1960s. In the linked video Maxine is seen participating in a field program to…

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