Big Thicket

The staff of Big Thicket National Preserve invites everyone to explore the thicket by taking advantage the many ranger-led programs being offered in April and May.

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North Turkey Creek Trail

Big Thicket National Preserve and the Big Thicket Association have announced the continuation of the 2016 Centennial hiking series. Sunday, March 6 and continuing the first Sunday of each month through the end of 2016, staff from both organizations will guide fellow explorers along the unique trail network found in the Big Thicket.

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Big Thicket National Preserve and the Big Thicket Association have announced a 2016 hiking series. Starting Sunday, Feb. 7, and continuing the first Sunday of each month through the end of 2016, staff from both organizations will guide explorers along a different portion of the over 40 miles of improved trails within the preserve.

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Michale Hoke

Educator and environmental champion Michael Hoke of Orange died Wednesday, Jan. 13.

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Whitetail deer

We finally got a decent cool front through Texas this past weekend, and hopefully that will jumpstart fishing and hunting prospects in East and Southeast Texas. The summer-like weather we’ve had up until this past Sunday has definitely put a damper on bow hunting for deer. And it’s also made building deer blinds for the Nov. 7 gun season opener on deer a hot and sweaty job.

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Hunters and National Park Service arrowhead logo

Big Thicket National Preserve Superintendent Wayne Prokopetz announced Aug. 20 that the preserve will issue free hunting permits beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Available 2015/2016 permits will be issued until Feb. 29, 2016.

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Big Thicket National Preserve and the Big Thicket Association invite members of the public to be part of a immersive opportunity, as civilian scientists, to participate in fungal research and specimen collection. Fungi researcher David Lewis will lead a research trip in the Lance Rosier Unit of Big Thicket National Preserve on Saturday, June 13, 2015, to collect and document mushroom species.

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Flooded Village Creek

Acting Big Thicket National Preserve Superintendent Edward Comeau announced on Tuesday, May 26, that due to significant storm activity and record-setting rains in the region, many of the hiking trails and paddling trails throughout the preserve are completely inaccessible and will be closed for approximately a week to ten days.

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Big Thicket Day 2014 will feature music, food, and dancing on Saturday, Oct. 11, starting at 9:30 a.m., at Big Thicket National Preserve Visitor’s Center located at 6102 FM 420, Kountze, Texas.

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Louis McNeeley

Kountze Trade Days has been a fixture of the “The Big Light in The Big Thicket” since 2010, offering a wide array of unique vendors and some of the best festival-style food Southeast Texas has to offer.

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