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.
Our Texas & Oklahoma-based team preserves our national parks by working in communities across the region to build new and diverse park advocates. They prioritize finding new entry points for connecting people to parks in ways that are most meaningful and inclusive to the local community. Passionate about connecting with future generations and our military community, this team provides interactive engagements that build a larger base of national park advocates.
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The Texas Regional Office also works with a multitude of partners and organizations, and across all levels of government – from local to international – on a variety of park-protecting initiatives. In 2018, the region culminated a 10-year coalition effort to plant 180,000 longleaf pine trees in the Big Thicket National Preserve. This restoration project enhanced storm resiliency and floodwater mitigation for an ecosystem internationally recognized for its diversity of plant and animal species. Through partnerships, the Texas team has achieved great victories, including the 2015 establishment of Waco Mammoth National Monument and the designation of San Antonio’s five Spanish colonial missions as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Looking ahead, the Texas team will continue their engagements and coalition building to protect our parks and their natural and cultural stories. Stay informed about our current work by signing up for action alerts today and help us succeed in:
Establishing the Blackwell School as a new park site that tells the story of a de-facto segregated school of Mexican and Mexican American children in Marfa, Texas;
Clearing the air above Guadalupe Mountains National Park and Big Bend National Park from pollutants causing harmful haze in the region;
Preserving the intrinsic value of the night sky in and around our national parks;
Enhancing protections for Big Thicket National Preserve for the betterment of the South East Texas region; and,
Improving the sustainability of Big Bend National Park.
We look forward to your engagement with us. 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
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Land Based Trip Backroads of Big Bend Welcome to West Texas and Big Bend National Park. From the rugged and rocky canyons of the Rio Grande to the breathtaking Chisos Mountains, we will explore this diverse landscape and take a deep dive into the region’s cultural history. Your guide and accompanying NPCA host will show you a lesser-known side of the park as we explore by foot and on water. You’ll leave with a deeper understanding of this landscape, its cultural history, and the ongoing challenges that make Big Bend an important priority for NPCA. Explore one of the wildest corners of America —and its unforgettable sights and solitude — all with the comfort of an NPCA small-group tour.
National parks represent America's heritage. They also offer so many opportunities to us today, from hiking and camping to wildlife watching and simply being in wilderness, that we couldn't get on the same level any other way. The national parks materially improve our quality of life as Americans and our connection to the land we call America. — Alex
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Press Release Parks Group Champions Bill to Establish National Park Site Dedicated to Latino History The Blackwell School houses the collective memory of the segregated school experience that existed everywhere across the Texas borderlands.
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Read more about Program Coordinator, Outreach and Engagement
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Read more about Senior Communications Manager
Staff and Media Personnel Kyle Groetzinger Kyle Groetzinger joined NPCA in June 2019 and is Senior Communications Manager for the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Sun Coast, and Texas regions, as well as NPCA's national cultural resources team.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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 ›