About FRS

About the Field Research Station


The mission of the Field Research Station (FRS) is to support ecological research and education within the BTNP and within the Big Thicket region and West Gulf Coastal Plain.  This station will support multi-institution projects with the following goals:

The Field Research Station (FRS) is located in the historic town of Saratoga, Texas on a six-acre campus within minutes of the 25,000 acre Lance Rosier Unit of the Big Thicket National Preserve (BITH).

The Big Thicket National Preserve's Field Research Station 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.

The Big Thicket Association operates the Field Research Station under an agreement with Big Thicket National Preserve and Rice University.

The facility includes a small laboratory, library, classroom, kitchen, dining area, dormitory and showers. Washer and dryer are available for laundry. Audiovisual equipment is available, including a monitor, VCR and slide projector, and computer and overhead projectors.

**Hazardous materials notice: If you bring anything to the Field Research Station (FRS) considered a hazardous material for research purposes within the facility or in the field, they must be removed from the FRS when you leave. 

OSHA's Hazardous Materials List: http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_id=9761&p_table=standards

Fees - A nominal fee per individual per night is payable to the Big Thicket Association, a non-profit tax exempt organization. The fee covers housekeeping expenses and supplies.

To schedule use, please do the following, IN ORDER:

1. View the calendar at right to determine availability of the FRS.

2. View the Rules of the BITH Field Research Station to make sure your planned activities are within the guidelines.

3. If you are doing scientific research, please see the NPS website for filing the necessary applications. If you have specific questions, contact the Big Thicket National Preserve Research Coordinator before each visit to discuss permitting and reporting requirements. 

**A Scientific Research and Collecting Permit is required for most scientific activities pertaining to natural resources or social science studies in National Park System areas that involve fieldwork, specimen collection, and/or have the potential to disturb resources or visitors.

4. Fill out the form to submit registration to the Big Thicket Association, Field Research Station-- FRS@bigthicket.org.

Contact & General Information * Location * Overnight Use * Reserving the FRS * Pay Lodging Fee * Current Reservations * Registration Form