NPS: Spring 2017 Ranger-led Program Schedule

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Spring 2017 Program Schedule

 

Saturday, March 11, 6:15 pm: Full Moon Night Hike

Engage your senses and learn about nocturnal animals on this guided walk under a full moon.  Hike locations vary and space is limited, so call our visitor center at 409-951-6700 to find the trip location and to register.

 

Saturday, March 18, 7:30 am: Birding the Big Thicket

Join a ranger for a morning bird walk! Birding is a great way to explore the preserve and learn about the 180-plus species of birds found here. This 1-mile walk is geared toward beginner birders and will provide an introduction to basic birding techniques  and to our common birds. Approximately 1 hour.  Participants should bring water, insect repellent, and binoculars. Space is limited, so please call our visitor center at 409-951-6700  to register.

 

Tuesday, March 14, 10:00 am: Canoe Trip

Join park rangers for a guided canoe trip on the waters of the preserve. This program targets the casual and novice paddler. Canoes, PFDs and paddles will be provided. Trip locations vary and space is limited, so call our visitor center at 409-951-6700 to find each trip location and to register.

 

Sunday, April 2, 1:30 pm: Woodlands Trail

The Woodlands Trail weaves through several plant communities, from hardwood forest to floodplain. The round-trip hike is 5.5 miles; shorter distance options are available. Participants can meet at the visitor center at 12:30 pm and caravan to the trailhead, or meet at the trailhead, located in Polk County 6 miles north of Dallardsville, at 1:30 pm.  Please call the visitor center at 409-951-6700 to register.

 

Tuesday, April 11, 7:45 pm: Full Moon Night Hike

Engage your senses and learn about nocturnal animals on this guided walk under a full moon.  Hike locations vary and space is limited, so call our visitor center at 409-951-6700 to find the trip location and to register.

 

Saturday, April 15: Junior Ranger Day

Mark your calendars for Junior Ranger Day! Kids can participate in fun activities to earn a Junior Ranger badge and certificate! More details to come, so check with our visitor center at 409-951-6700 as the date nears.

 

Thursday, April 20, 6:30 pm: Black Bears in the Big Thicket

Learn about the history and ecology of black bears in southeast Texas at this evening program. Meet at the Big Thicket Visitor Center. Approximately 45 minutes.

 

Saturday, April 22, 9 am: Earth Day Event - Village Creek Cleanup

Join us for a trash clean-up on Village Creek to celebrate the 47th annual Earth Day! A “Water Crew” will pick up trash along Village Creek, while a “Land Crew” will remove trash from the Day Use Area. Boats, PFDs, paddles, trash bags, and gloves will be provided. Volunteers can also bring their own boats and gear. Meet at the boat ramp at Hwy 96 in Lumberton. Please call the visitor center at 409-951-6700 to register and reserve boat space. All participants must register on-site.

 

Sunday, May 7, 1:30 pm: Big Sandy Trail

Explore longleaf pine uplands and more on his hike on the Big Sandy Trail. The full round-trip distance on this walk is 4-6 miles; hikers can choose to hike a shorter or longer distance. Meet at the preserve visitor center at 12:30 pm to caravan to the location, or meet at the Big Sandy Trailhead, located off Sunflower Road west of Dallardsville in Polk County, at 1:30 pm. Be prepared with water, sunscreen, bug spray and snacks. Please call the visitor center at 409-951-6700 to register.

 

Sunday, June 4, 10:30 am: Beech Creek Unit

Located in Tyler County, this 4-6 mile exploration of dense hardwood forest will follow a developed hiking trail and old logging road. Meet at the visitor center at 9:30 am and caravan to the trailhead, or at the trailhead on FM 1992, 1.5 miles north of FM 1013, at 10:30 am. Please call the visitor center at 409-951-6700 to register.

Friday, June 9, 8:30 pm: Full Moon Night Hike

Engage your senses and learn about nocturnal animals on this guided walk under a full moon.  Hike locations vary and space is limited, so call our visitor center at 409-951-6700 to find the trip location and to register.

Find additional information on all the preserve’s upcoming events and programs on our website at

http://www.nps.gov/bith/planyourvisit/calendar.htm , on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BigThicketNPS, or by calling our visitor center at 409-951-6700.

 

          

 

 

             

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