Big Thicket National Preserve

Big Thicket National Preserve encourages all fourth graders to visit a park this year as part of the Every Kid in a Park program. This program gives fourth grade students, and those accompanying them, free access to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters.

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Photo: Big Thicket National Preserve
Photo: Big Thicket National Preserve

Big Thicket National Preserve will be temporarily closing the hunting area north of Sunflower Road and east of Lily Road in the Big Sandy Creek Unit during tree planting events on Dec. 9, 2017 and Jan. 15, 2018, National Park Service spokesperson Andrew Bennett said in a statement.

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Robert Sloan

Last Sunday morning, the perfect storm blew through Southeast Texas, one that could easily sink boats.

“I got up at 7 a.m., went outside and the wind was dead calm,” says Sabine Lake guide Jerry Norris. “The forecast was showing that the front would be moving through around noon, or maybe a little earlier. We had been catching a lot of trout on the north end of the lake, and it was tempting to load the boat and head out. But having been caught on the water with a cold front moving through, we decided to cancel the trip and set up for another day.”

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Big Sandy Creek Unit

Big Thicket National Preserve will be temporarily closing the hunting area north of Sunflower Road in the Big Sandy Creek Unit during tree planting events on Nov. 11, 15 and 17, and Dec 3. No other dates or areas are affected by this temporary closure. All other areas of the Big Sandy Creek Unit remain open (as indicated by the attached map).

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Big Thicket National Preserve is hosting a celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th birthday at the Big Thicket National Preserve Visitor Center on Aug. 25 from noon to 2 p.m. with light refreshments and an opportunity to view a new PBS film on the national parks of Texas.

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For a generation sometimes seen as preoccupied with instant gratification, it was refreshing to see Lamar University students spend a day planting for the future, even if that future is a long way off.

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

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John Crew from the toll company (top) answers tough questions

The mayor of Vidor says he has “trust issues” with a private company attempting to garner local support for a 10-mile toll road between Vidor and Beaumont after the corporation altered its projections from $9

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For the 10th year in a row, Big Thicket National Preserve participated in the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) program. Blanca Jones, a first-grade teacher at Sam Houston Elementary School in Port Arthur, worked as TRT from late May into early August 2015.

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Summer is upon us, and the Big Thicket National Preserve invites the public to participate in a variety of ranger-led programs and activities throughout the summer months. This summer schedule runs through Sunday, Aug. 16. In the coming weeks, park rangers will be offering the following free public programs.

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