The Big Thicket Association

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

Neches River Adventures

Now accepting reservations for Public Tours and Private Charters. Book now. (See 'Neches River Adventures' page for details.) Call office for information on private charters available year round.

56th 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 2021 Neches River Rally is coming on September 11, 2021. More information soon.

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

The Big Thicket Association held its annual general membership meeting on Saturday, October 12 at Colliers Ferry Park in Beaumont. Rodney Franklin, Texas State Parks Division Director of Texas Parks & Wildlife was the the keynote speaker. His topic was: "Texas State Parks: The Trail Ahead". It was a most interesting and informing presentation. Thank you Rodney! BTA also awarded the "Thomas…

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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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