Big Thicket AssociationBig Thicket Association
Purpose: The Big Thicket Association’s mission is to preserve, protect, and promote the Big Thicket region, its natural resources and cultural history, for enjoyment and well-being of present and future generations through advocacy, education, and research.
Major Programs: Neches River Adventures – a three tiered program that conducts (Tier 1) outdoor classes, (Tier 2) public and (Tier 3) private eco-history tours aboard the Ivory Bill and on the Neches River. The project’s main focus is providing a free environmental education program to area schools. We give public tours every Saturday from March until November (fees apply). We are also available for Private Charters year around. All bookings are per registration by phone or online. Field Research Station – Available for groups, school, zoos, etc.…organizations that are interested outdoor activities or volunteering in the Big Thicket. Thicket of Diversity – Devoted to scientific research in the Big Thicket Region. Grants are available to researchers through the Thicket of Diversity.
Wendy J. Ledbetter., Executive Director
Kathy Smartt, Vice President
John Stafford, President
Meetings: 2nd Sat. in Jan., April, July, and Oct. at the Big Thicket National Preserve Field Research Station in Saratoga. Please check website for location changes.
Major Events: Neches River Rally (canoe & Kayak event 1st weekend after Labor Day), Big Thicket Day (2nd Sat. in Oct.), Eco Tours on the Neches River (every Sat. from March through Nov. plus private Charters), All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory by Thicket of Diversity, Science cafes, Field Trips, Hikes and Seminars. Environmental classes for area schools
Volunteer Opportunities: Citizen/Scientist work with the Thicket of Diversity, assistance with BioBlitz and hikes.
Publications: Big Thicket Bulletin, quarterly. Available on website