National Public Lands Day 2023 at Big Thicket - Western National Parks Association

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National Public Lands Day 2023 at Big Thicket

September 23 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


KOUNTZE, Texas – Big Thicket National Preserve is excited to announce three volunteer events taking place on the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event, National Public Lands Day, on Saturday, September 23, 2023. Volunteers can help rangers take care of Big Thicket ahead of our busy fall season at one of three events:

Native Plant Garden Revitalization at the Visitor Center

The visitor center native plant garden needs some love! Help us clean out dead plants, place new weed cloth, and plant new plants. The preserve’s resource management staff will be on hand to provide guidance to volunteers. Meet at the visitor center at 9:00 am; all supplies will be provided. Register at


Can you lend a hand to your favorite Big Thicket trail? Help us keep Big Thicket trails inviting by picking up trash and reporting maintenance issues as you hike. Meet at the visitor center at 9:00 am, pick up trash grabbers and trash bags, and head to the trail of your choice. Return to the visitor center by noon or when your bag is full! Registration is not required for this activity.

Clean-up at Village Creek Sandbar

Trash along the creek is not a pretty sight. Help us clean up a popular sandbar along beautiful Village Creek. Meet Big Thicket staff at the US Highway 96 boat launch on Village Creek just north of Lumberton at 9:00 am. All supplies will be provided, including gloves, bags, and grabbers. Registration is not required for this activity.


September 23
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Big Thicket National Preserve
6102 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625 United States
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(409) 951-6700
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