The Big Thicket Association

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

The 2022 Neches River Rally was held September 10. Here is a video.


Current News

1. In celebration of our 60th Year, BTA is offering lovely 60th logo T-shirts to show your support for our mission. Cost is $20 plus tax and S&H.


Order Your Shirt Here

2. The 2024 Neches River Rally was postponed due to high water until Saturday, September 7. Rally will again be held at LNVA Salt Water Barrier on the Neches in Beaumont. Registration is NOW OPEN.

Register for the 2024 Rally here

3. Purchase "surplus" Neches River Rally T-Shirts at a special price here. Limited supplies. PURCHASE

4. Public Tours are available on the IVORY BILL every Saturday through November 4. Charters are available year round through bookings on our website.

Register for all tours here

We thank our Neches River Rally Sponsors:













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60th Anniversary of the Big Thicket Association.

The Big Thicket Association (BTA) is 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.

Save these Dates for Upcoming Events sponsored by BTA.

Upcoming Events

Join us for an informative presentation about endangered species in our Texas State Parks.

Science Cafe

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. Charters available year round.

Neches River Adventures

The Big Thicket Association began 60 years ago! ...Where is the "Big Thicket"? "the name originally applied to the area between the Old San Antonio Road and the coastal prairie of South Texas from the Sabine River on the east as far west as the Brazos River...  As settlement progressed, it became evident that the impenetrable thickets stopped far short of the Brazos, and the Trinity River came to be considered their western border.  To East Texas sportsmen of 1900 the Big Thicket meant northwestern Hardin and southeastern Polk counties.  It was, and by many continues to be, considered to extend eastward to include all of Tyler, Jasper and Newton counties; most of Sabine, San Augustine and Angelina counties; eastern Trinity and Montgomery and north Liberty counties.  "The area is almost coextensive with that which originally supported stands of long-leaf yellow pine..."

60th Anniversary Year

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

Latest stories

The Big Thicket Association is pleased to share the debut of the Neches River Series Playlist on our YouTube channel, a collection of education/ information and scenic videos for students, teachers, and the public. Generous funding by BASF Total Energies Petrochemical, LCC. and the Mamie McFaddin Ward Heritage Foundation made this project possible. Big Thicket staff and volunteers worked with…

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