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Art in the Park

Posted by: Mona Halvorsen in Art, Big Thicket National Preserve, BITH News Release 1 year ago

Art in the Park
Temporary Exhibit of Student Art from across Texas

KOUNTZE, Texas, January 5, 2018– Big Thicket National Preserve is proud to announce the installation of a new temporary art exhibit in the park’s visitor center. Entitled “All the Little Things,” this art installations, a part of the Dream Rocket Project, encouraged students throughout Texas to create more than 70 pieces of art highlighting the vast array of plants and animals found in the Thicket. Each piece represents the student’s unique perspective on the diversity of the natural environment throughout this region. More than 975 students from 20 different Texas schools, including Evadale High School, Jasper Junior High, Conroe High School, and Fehl-Price Elementary School in Beaumont, created art for this exhibit. This exhibition will be on display through the month of April.

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Researcher Program at BITH-Realzola

Posted by: Mona Halvorsen in ATBI, Big Thicket National Preserve, Researcher 1 year ago

Researcher Ed Realzola will present a program in the Visitor Center auditorium at 11am on Thursday, January 4, 2018, on his work in the preserve, the research process, and what his work and that of other researchers tells us about biodiversity in the Big Thicket. Approximate time is 30 to 45 minutes.

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Kountze HS Guest Speaker-Edward Realzola

Posted by: Mona Halvorsen 1 year ago

On December 20th, Edward Realzola of Sam Houston State University presented information about Big Thicket biodiversity to Kountze High School students.  Approximately 125 teens learned about the scientific process and his inventory work with whirligig beetles.  Realzola spent several weeks in December at the Big Thicket National Preserve’s Field Research Station in Saratoga completing this research.

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New Macro Fungi Species Discovered!

Posted by: Mona Halvorsen in ATBI, Big Thicket National Preserve, Macro Fungi, Mushroom, New Species, Researcher, Thicket of Diversity 1 year, 2 months ago

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NPS: Summer 2017 Ranger-led Program Schedule

Posted by: Mona Halvorsen 1 year, 9 months ago

Big Thicket National Preserve Announces Summer 2017 Ranger-led Program Schedule

KOUNTZE, Texas, April 21, 2017– The staff of Big Thicket National Preserve invites you to explore the thicket by taking advantage the many ranger-led programs being offered in the months of May, June, July and August.

From canoe trips on Village Creek to frog hikes, presentation on the area’s history and night hikes through the thicket, park rangers will offer a variety of free programs this summer. Some programs require participants to pre-register, and some have alternative meeting locations. Be sure to consult the Spring/Summer 2017 – Ranger- led Program Schedule. For detailed information on these programs visit our website at or follow us on Facebook at

Big Thicket National Preserve is located in southeast Texas, near the city Beaumont and 75 miles northeast of Houston. The preserve consists of nine land units and six water corridors encompassing more than 113,000 acres. The Big Thicket, often referred to as a “biological crossroads,” is a transition zone between four distinct vegetation types – the moist eastern hardwood forest, the southwestern desert, the southeastern swamp, and the central prairies. Species from all of these different vegetation types come together in the thicket, exhibiting a variety of vegetation and wildlife that has received national interest.

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