Big Thicket

National Preserve

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This national preserve protects the incredible diversity of life that thrives where multiple habitats converge in southeast Texas. Hiking trails and waterways meander through nine ecosystems, from longleaf pine forests to cypress-lined bayous. Wander, explore, and discover this place rich with nature.

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David Kroese, author of “The Centennial: A Journey Through America’s National Park System,” reveals the hidden gems of the National Park System with Western National Parks Association’s regional program manager, Caroline Lochner. “The Centennial: A Journey Through America’s National Park System” details David’s compelling explorations of 387 national parks in 360 days. The story continues through December 2017, when he becomes one of fewer than fifty people known to have visited all 417 national parks. Experience the inherent marvels within America’s unique landscape and fascinating history, revealed in engaging context, poetic descriptions, and heartfelt appreciation. This book is available for purchase from http://store.wnpa.org.

Stories from Big Thicket

Attitudes Toward and Options About A Louisiana Black Bear Recovery in and Around Big Thicket National Preserve
Since our founding in 1938

WNPA has provided more than

$120 million

in aid to our partner parks to fund educational programs, initiatives, and scientific research

Kids in Parks

National parks are places where kids can dream up great adventures! Taking in amazing scenery. Testing out new skills. Exploring places kids may have only heard about. But most importantly, creating new memories with friends and family.

What’s Happening at This Park?

2021-10-23 Location will be provided upon registration. Night Hike Please call the visitor center at 409-951-6700 to reserve your spot.
2021-10-30 Location provided upon registration Nature Walk Please call the visitor center at 409-951-6700 to reserve your spot.
2021-11-07 Location provided upon registration Nature Walk Please call the visitor center at 409-951-6700 to reserve your spot.

Our public lands are our public commons. They belong to all of us as part of our natural and cultural heritage. They remind us of a larger world that has existed long before the arrival of humans and will survive long after we are gone. –Terry Tempest Williams, Author & Conservationist

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Bring the Parks Home

When you can’t get to a national park for a visit, experience it from the comfort of your home. WNPA’s online store is packed with ranger-approved park collectibles, books, toys, and clothing. Shop for a special item.