Big Thicket

50th Anniversary Events

2 rangers pull a green sheet off of a large printed logo on display. The logo is hexagonal and features a woodpecker perched on a tree, a wooden boardwalk, and pitcher plants with text that reads Big Thicket National Preserve 50 years 1974-2024.
Park rangers unveiled the 50th anniversary logo at Big Thicket's Solar Eclipse & Anniversary Kickoff event in October 2023.

NPS Photo / Nathan Pattee

You are cordially invited to Big Thicket's year-long birthday celebration! During 2024, you can:

  • Help restore native longleaf pine forest habitat by volunteering at planting days in January and February.
  • Learn new skills and earn a badge on Junior Ranger Day in April.
  • Join engaging scientific presentations and discussions from local scientists at our first-ever Science Symposium in May.
  • Fish for free with the whole family—no license or gear needed—on Texas Free Fishing Day in June.
  • Give back to your public land and help beautify Big Thicket on National Public Lands Day in September.
  • Join our big 50th anniversary celebration in October.

Get more details on each event in the calendar below. Stay tuned for more information!

Contact us for any questions. Regularly-scheduled programs, including canoe trips and nature walks, are listed on our main calendar of events page.


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Last updated: December 24, 2023

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6044 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625



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