From the Chihuahuan Desert and high plains of Big Bend National Park, across broad swaths of prairie and plateau, to Big Thicket National Preserve tucked deep in the Pineywoods, and on to the popular Padre Island National Seashore, this region’s national parks awe visitors with their diversity. There's history here, too. Pick through a flint quarry, remember the Spanish missions, learn the secrets of Pleistocene mammoths, and visit a President's ranch - all in one weekend. NPCA’s Texas Regional Office works throughout the states of Texas and Oklahoma to educate, empower, and engage people in support of this region’s present and future parks.
The Texas team strives to engage new and diverse advocates in the protection of the region’s parks. They prioritize connecting people to parks through a variety of hands-on activities, including volunteer events and Civic Voice Workshops. They also work with various organizations and at all levels of government – from local to international – on a variety of park-protecting initiatives, such as their coalition work to plant 180,000 longleaf pine trees in the Big Thicket National Preserve to restore the ecosystem which is home to over 30 plants and animals. Their partnerships and persistence has enabled the Texas office to achieve great victories, including the 2015 establishment of Waco Mammoth and the designation of San Antonio’s five Spanish colonial missions as a World Heritage site. Another notable success for the Texas office includes safeguarding Fort Davis National Historic Site’s threatened viewshed.
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Looking ahead, the Texas team will continue their on-the-ground programs and coalition work, as well as remain passionate about connecting with the next generation and our military community to build a larger base of national park supporters within the region. As always, this team will encourage everyone to “Find your voice, y’all,” for our national parks.
Birding at Big Bend
Recognized as a world famous birding destination, this park is visited by or home to more than 350 different species of birds.
Field Offices in the Texas Region
More about the Texas region
Read more about Communications Manager
Staff and Media Personnel Kyle Groetzinger Kyle Groetzinger joined NPCA in June 2019 as Communications Manager for the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Sun Coast, and Texas regions.
Read more about Texas Regional Director
Staff Cary Dupuy As Texas Regional Director for the National Parks Conservation Association, Cary works to engage new advocates for national parks and grow initiatives to support the 18 national park sites in Texas and Oklahoma.
Read more about The 10 Least-Visited Places in the Park System
Blog Post The 10 Least-Visited Places in the Park System Take a peek at these underappreciated national gems where only a handful of adventurers go.
Read more about Trump Administration Rollback Could Hurt These 10 Parks
Blog Post Trump Administration Rollback Could Hurt These 10 Parks Revisions to the Clean Water Rule could have real, on-the-ground consequences for hundreds of national park sites — including these 10.
The National Parks are healing, peaceful, unforgettable places that enrich my life on a daily basis. If I'm having a hard day, all I have to do is recall seeing Half Dome for the first time, the beautiful coves of The Channel Islands, or Skyline Drive in Shenandoah, and I am a much happier person. — Jeana Melilli
Read more about Vacation with Ghosts in These 10 Deserted Park Towns
Blog Post Vacation with Ghosts in These 10 Deserted Park Towns Enjoy the spookiest time of year in one of the many abandoned towns that dot scenic national park landscapes around the country.
Read more about EPA's Proposed Texas Haze Plan Will Keep Air Across Our National Parks Hazy
Press Release EPA's Proposed Texas Haze Plan Will Keep Air Across Our National Parks Hazy Proposed EPA Haze Plan fails to require modern pollution controls on Texas Coal plants
Read more about Your Favorite Park Photos and Stories
Blog Post Your Favorite Park Photos and Stories People around the country have shared some of their most poignant and intriguing moments in national parks on NPCA’s recently relaunched MyParkStory site.
Read more about 11 of America’s Best National Park Beaches
Blog Post 11 of America’s Best National Park Beaches Need some sun and surf in your travel plans? NPCA staff highlight top beach vacation spots at national parks around the country.
Read more about Ozone Fact Sheet
Fact Sheet Ozone Fact Sheet Ozone threatens the health of park visitors and contributes to the disease and death of park species such as the black cherry tree in the East and aspen and ponderosa pine in the West. National park ecosystems across the country are already showing damage from ground-level ozone pollution.
Read more about Small Plastic, Big Problem
Magazine Article Small Plastic, Big Problem Plastic is polluting oceans and national park beaches alike, and new studies show that even the tiniest pieces pose a large threat.
Read more about Already Short-Staffed Park Service Asked to Support Border Patrol Security
Press Release Already Short-Staffed Park Service Asked to Support Border Patrol Security This decision could have serious consequences for national parks already struggling with a reduction in staff.
Read more about The Rise of the National Park Mascots
Blog Post The Rise of the National Park Mascots From Major Muskrat to Sunny Saguaro, human-sized mascots help national parks attract new visitors and convey important messages about wildlife and safety.
Read more about 10 Ways to Be a Park Advocate
Resource 10 Ways to Be a Park Advocate Want to be an advocate for parks, but don't know where to start?
Read more about Local Businesses and Park Community Representatives to Secretary Zinke: Don’t Price Families Out of National Parks
Press Release Local Businesses and Park Community Representatives to Secretary Zinke: Don’t Price Families Out of National Parks Increasing entrance fees would harm gateway communities that depend on park visitors.
Read more about Regional Director of Development
Staff Sarah Reed Sarah joined NPCA in 2017, with 13 years of development experience she serves as the Regional Director of Development for the Texas and Sun Coast Regions.
Read more about A Legacy Threatened
Report A Legacy Threatened NPCA's photo book shows the damage to parks caused by the 2017 hurricanes.
Read more about A Healthy Advantage
Report A Healthy Advantage The Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) Active Plan is a blueprint for a 428-mile trail network that will link the rich natural, cultural and historical resources of the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Read more about NPCA Find Your Voice: Big Thicket
Video NPCA Find Your Voice: Big Thicket National Parks belong to you. See how a group of young advocates in Texas learned how to explore, protect, and advocate for their park as a part of the National Parks Conservation Association’s Find Your Voice initiative.
Read more about Big Secret, Big Bend
Land Based Trip Big Secret, Big Bend Tucked like a secret into a sweeping bend of the Rio Grande is Big Bend National Park, a hiker’s paradise, birder’s mecca, stargazer’s heaven, and explorer’s jackpot.
Read more about Associate Director
Staff Erika Pelletier Erika is the Associate Director for the Texas Regional Office.
Read more about Senior Manager, Outreach and Engagement
Staff Dallas Kelley-Kerr Dallas is the Senior Manager who leads our Community Affairs and Engagement work supporting the 18 national parks in Texas and Oklahoma, and the communities around them.
Read more about Director, Communications
Staff and Media Personnel Alison Zemanski Heis Alison Zemanski Heis joined NPCA in 2010 and leads communications outreach for the Midwest, Northeast and NPCA's national water work. She also leads the communications outreach strategy in support of NPCA’s corporate partnerships and celebrity engagement efforts.
Read more about San Antonio Missions Boundary Expansion Flyer
Fact Sheet San Antonio Missions Boundary Expansion Flyer Please join Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Congressman Lloyd Doggett, and other local elected officials to celebrate the boundary expansion of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and San Antonio’s World Heritage Delegation.
Read more about LSCNRA partners and supporters
Resource LSCNRA partners and supporters The Partners Coalition is comprised of agencies, organizations, governmental entities and other stakeholders that are interested in participating in the Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area. The Coalition works with the Steering Committee to develop a proposed framework that, if adopted, will establish the composition and function of a governing body. The Partners Coalition also facilitates stakeholder dialogues with other local organizations, businesses, and communities, helps to identify additional site partners, and provides guidance to the planning team.
Read more about Proposed Lone Star Coastal NRA Resources
Resource Proposed Lone Star Coastal NRA Resources View the related maps and documents. Read what others are saying about the project. Learn more about the rich cultural heritage, the outstanding wildlife diversity, and the recreation opportunities of the bays and their gateway communities.
Read more about Polluted Parks: Fact Sheets
Fact Sheet Polluted Parks: Fact Sheets Haze pollution limits views of our most valued national parks and wilderness areas, affecting not just how far we can see, but also the color, sharpness, and quality of the view. It also makes the air unhealthy for people, wildlife and natural resources.
Read more about Opportunity Knocks
Report Opportunity Knocks Hurricane Ike tore through the upper Texas Gulf coast in 2008, unleashing devastation on communities and economies. Yet portions of the region fared better, showing that undeveloped lands along the coast serve as a natural buffer for a tremendous amount of storm surge tide.
Explore Our Parks
- Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument ›
- Amistad National Recreation Area ›
- Big Bend National Park ›
- Big Thicket National Preserve ›
- Chamizal National Memorial ›
- Chickasaw National Recreation Area ›
- El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail ›
- El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail ›
- Fort Davis National Historic Site ›
- Guadalupe Mountains National Park ›