Thicket of Diversity

Programs and Projects

Field Research Station

The Big Thicket National Preserve's Field Research Station (FRS) provides students and researchers a facility to support research and field studies in the Preserve and surrounding region. The Station also welcomes environmental education programs.


Big Thicket Science Conference

On April 17-19, 2015, Stephen F. Austin State University will host the sixth Big Thicket and West Gulf Coastal Plain Science Conference.

Science Conference

Pitcher Plants

Pitcher plants (Sarracenia alata) are 1 of 4 of the carnivorous plant species found in the Big Thicket. Photo by Mona A. Halvorsen

Carnivorous Plants

Big Thicket Focus

Big Thicket Association is sponsoring the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory, "Thicket of Diversity" (TOD), in partnership with the Big Thicket National Preserve, The Nature Conservancy, Texas Parks & Wildlife, John H. Kirby State Forest, Big Thicket Natural Heritage Trust and Watson Rare Native Plant Preserve.

The Big Thicket Association administers and coordinates the ATBI in cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS) and cooperating affiliates. The ATBI has been undertaken to enhance the ability of the NPS management by identifying every living species inhabiting the Big Thicket National Preserve and surrounding area.

Taxonomic Working Inventory Groups (TWIGS) are the heart and soul of the ATBI effort. They perform the field sampling and identification of organisms collected during the inventory. You may wish to get involved: Citizen scientists are volunteers that help provide key support to the ATBI effort. People of all ages enjoy opportunities to learn, explore, make friends, and contribute to a unique and worthwhile endeavor.

This undertaking would not be possible without generous support from persons like you. Donations help BTA fund researchers seeking knowledge about the components, abundance, and diversity of life in the Big Thicket.

Thicket of Diversity Calendar