Park rangers from the Big Thicket National Preserve are offering young explorers a chance to discover the great outdoors this summer with new educational programs. 


Explore the Big Thicket on an early-morning hike or by moonlight. Canoe or kayak down Village Creek. Learn to navigate by map, compass, and GPS. Bring the kids to special activities at the preserve visitor center. All programs are free of charge, although some require advance reservations. Information and schedules are available here, or by phone at (409) 951-6700. 


Cruise with Park Rangers on the Neches River and 10-Mile Bayou aboard the "Cardinal" on July 7. The pontoon boat leaves from Riverfront Park in Beaumont at 10 am. Fees apply; for more information contact, call (409) 651-5326 or visit


Learn about the wildlife of the Big Thicket. Kids (ages 7-12) are invited to participate in Kids' Camp at Big Thicket National Preserve. The camp theme is "Wings over the Thicket" and each day will include games, crafts, and science activities about birds, bats, and bugs. The camp fun will be from 9 a.m. to noon on the first three Fridays in July (July 6, 13, and 20). Kids' camp will meet at the Big Thicket National Preserve Visitor Center on US 69 and FM 420. The camp is free but reservations are required; call (409) 951-6700 to register or for more information.