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Lick Creek Nature Center

Contact Information

Lick Creek Nature Center13600 Rock Prairie Road College Station, TX 77845979.764.6216
ADDRESS: 13600 Rock Prairie Road
PHONE NUMBER: 979.764.6216
HOURS OF OPERATION:  Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m-5 p.m.; Sun. 1-6 p.m.
CLOSED: Sept. 7, Nov. 26-Nov.29 & Dec. 21-Jan. 3
TRAILS: Close at dusk
PARK CURFEW:
1-5 a.m.

The Lick Creek Nature Center is a 2,400 square-foot facility that includes a meeting room, outdoor classroom, amphitheater, native plant displays and a monarch butterfly garden. It's the focal point of the city's 523-acre Lick Creek Park. Hours of operation include tours, open restrooms and office hours for reservations. No cash or check accepted on-site, credit card only.

The park displays a variety of native plant and animal species, including the endangered Navasota Ladies Tresses. It also offers five miles of marked trails and provides opportunities for hiking, cycling, bird watching, equestrian activities, and nature study.

FALL PROGRAMS

    YOUTH PROGRAMS
    WALK ON THE WILD SIDE • REGISTRATION ENDS 5 P.M. THE DAY BEFORE EACH CLASS
    Get ready to walk on the wild side as we enjoy a short story, hike, and playtime in the Lick Creek outdoor classroom. The program is designed for preschoolers and their caretaker. Daily classes are $3 per participant, one caretaker is free of charge. Spots are limited. No class on Nov. 26.

    Ages 3-6 • $3 per class • Thu. • Sept. 10-Dec. 17 • 9:30-10:30 a.m.

    EXPLORING EXPERIMENTS • REGISTRATION ENDS 5 P.M. THE DAY BEFORE EACH CLASS
    Join us to explore nature in an exciting and enriching hands-on environment. Each week we will discover a new topic through experiments and exploration at the Lick Creek Amphitheater. The program is designed for ages 7-13. Daily classes are $3 per person and spots are limited. No class on Nov. 27. 

    Ages 7-13 • $3 per class • Fri. • Sept. 11-Dec. 11 • 10-11:30 a.m.

    TEXAS HUNTER’S SAFETY CERTIFICATION COURSE • REGISTRATION ENDS THE FRIDAY PRIOR TO FIRST CLASS DAY 
    Ages 9+ must successfully complete this course to legally hunt in Texas. Anyone under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent. The day of class, participants must pay an additional $5 in cash to Texas Parks & Wildlife to cover the certificate cost.

    Ages 9+ • $20 • Sat. • Sept. 12 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 
    Ages 9+ • $20 • Sat. • Oct. 10 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    WILDERNESS & REMOTE FIRST AID CERTIFICATION • REGISTRATION ENDS OCT. 23
    The course is perfect for scouts, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone who spends time in remote environments. Participants will learn advanced skills for emergency situations when help may be far away. Based on the Boy Scouts of America’s Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines, the course aligns with OSHA’s Best Practices for Workplace First Aid Training Programs. Successful participants will receive a digital certificate valid for two years. You must have a current adult CPR/AED certification to participate.

    Ages 14+ • $150 • Sat.-Sun. • Oct. 24-25 • 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    ADULT PROGRAMS
    TEXAS HUNTER’S SAFETY CERTIFICATION COURSE • REGISTRATION ENDS THE FRIDAY PRIOR TO FIRST CLASS DAY 
    Ages 9+ must successfully complete this course to legally hunt in Texas. Anyone under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent. The day of class, participants must pay an additional $5 in cash to Texas Parks & Wildlife to cover the certificate cost.

    Ages 9+ • $20 • Sat. • Sept. 12 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 
    Ages 9+ • $20 • Sat. • Oct. 10 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    WILDERNESS & REMOTE FIRST AID CERTIFICATION • REGISTRATION ENDS OCT. 23
    The course is perfect for scouts, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone who spends time in remote environments. Participants will learn advanced skills for emergency situations when help may be far away. Based on the Boy Scouts of America’s Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines, the course aligns with OSHA’s Best Practices for Workplace First Aid Training Programs. Successful participants will receive a digital certificate valid for two years. You must have a current adult CPR/AED certification to participate.

    Ages 14+ • $150 • Sat.-Sun. • Oct. 24-25 • 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    B’EARTHDAY PACKAGES
    Create a unique birthday experience for your young explorers to celebrate their special day. B’EARTHday Packages can be purchased in addition to your Lick Creek Nature Center rental (meeting room, outdoor classroom or amphitheater). Packages include an hour-long activity and hike led by members of the Lick Creek Nature Center staff. Choose a party based on the child’s interests and age group. B’EARTHday Packages must be booked at least two weeks in advance. For more information, call 979.764.6216 or email blittlefield@cstx.gov.

    BUGGIN’ OUT
    Get ready to discover the insects that call Lick Creek Park home. Our hike will include a scavenger hunt as we explore the habitats and food sources of local bugs. Activities include crafts and exhibits showcasing our many-legged friends.

    Ages 3-8 • $75 + facility rental • March 1-Nov. 22

    DIGGIN’ FOR DINOS
    Calling all explorers! We need your expertise as we discover what makes dinosaurs so great. Activities include digging for dinosaurs, creating our very own fossils, and observing dinosaur characteristics. Kids will enjoy a fun lesson in an exciting and enriching hands-on environment. 

    Ages 4-8 • $75 + facility rental • All Seasons 

    GROW AS WE GO
    Sharpen your horticulture skills as we take a look at the plants growing around us. We’ll discover what plants need to survive and the importance of our interactions with the environment. Activities include crafts, a hike, and planting your own seeds.

    Ages 7-12 • $75 + facility rental • All Seasons 

    PRICING
    All fees are for parties of 10 children. Each additional child is $10, with a 15-child maximum. The birthday child and their siblings under 3 years of age are free and do not count toward your party.

    RENTERS' RESPONSIBILITIES 
    Renters are required to supervise the party and ensure that educational items in the room are used properly and put away. A minimum of two adult chaperones are required at all times, including on the hike. Renters are responsible for adhering to the rental policies regarding set-up and clean-up.
    RENTAL INFORMATION
    FACILITY RENTALS
    Fees are per hour with a $200 deposit. Two-hour minimum.

    MEETING ROOM

    Non-Resident - $120
    Resident - $100

    OUTDOOR CLASSROOM

    Non-Resident - $42
    Resident - $35

    AMPHITHEATER
    Non-Resident - $30
    Resident - $25

    RENTALS DETAILS
    Rentals are on a first-come, first-served basis and will not be held without proper documentation and fees. Reservations can be made by calling 979.764.6216 or by visiting the Lick Creek Nature Center, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

    DEPOSITS

    A security deposit is required for rentals. Portions or all of the deposit will be forfeited if damage, extra maintenance, or extraordinary cleanup occurs as a result of rental. Deposits will be refunded on the following conditions: (1) terms of your rental have been met, (2) facilities are left in good condition, or (3) cancellation procedures have been followed.

    CANCELLATION & REFUNDS
    Customers must cancel three days prior to the rental date to be eligible for a refund. If a cancellation is made fewer than three days prior to rental date, deposits will be forfeited. Refunds are processed within 30 days of request by check. No cash refunds will be issued.

    FACILITY RENTAL REQUEST FORM
    Click here to request a rental. Submittal of this request form does not guarantee availability for the facility and date(s) requested.

    FREE EQUIPMENT RENTALS
    Check out binoculars, field guides and Junior Naturalist Adventure packs at the Nature Center during hours of operation. A driver’s license is required for checkout and will be held at the nature center until items are returned.
    COVID-19 RESPONSE
    The Parks & Recreation Department will adhere to federal, state, city, and county guidelines to help avoid exposure and transmission of COVID-19 at events, programs, and facilities. Anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms with a temperature above 99.5 F degrees, or has come in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, is prohibited from participating or attending events or programs. Participants must acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that you or your children may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 through participation and that such exposure or infection may result in injury, illness, permanent disability, or death. The risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of yourself or others, including, but not limited to, city employees, volunteers, and program participants and their families.

    COVID-19 REFUND NOTICE
    Due to the evolving and fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, our department will continually evaluate the safety and compliance of our programs. As federal, state and local mandates adapt, our programs may be affected. Once a program has started, no refund will be given since many of our expenses are in the initial planning and implementation stages. Every effort will be made to complete the program.

LINKS

SEWER WORK WILL IMPACT TRAILS
Work on the new sewer trunk line is still ongoing. Parts of Raccoon Run and Deer Run trails, and the entrance/exit for the Lick Creek Hike and Bike Trail, are subject to intermittent closures. We ask all visitors to please respect the barricades and heed the warning signs. They are there for your safety. The project is estimated to be completed by the end of October. Click here to view the map.

TRAIL MAP
View the Lick Creek Park trail map: Link (PDF)

LICK CREEK GREENWAY TRAIL
Hike and bike trail connecting Lick Creek Park to Creek View Park: Link

FIELD RESEARCH APPLICATION
Application required for natural resources or social science studies in the park: Link (PDF)
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