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Lick Creek Nature Center

Contact Information

Parks & Recreation Department1000 Krenek Tap Road979.764.3486
ADDRESS: 13600 Rock Prairie Road
PHONE NUMBER: 979.764.6216
HOURS OF OPERATION: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 1-6 p.m.
CLOSED: Sept. 2, Nov. 28-Dec.1 & Dec. 21-Jan. 1
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, quiet seating room for bird watching & reading, 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.
    YOUTH PROGRAMS
    TEXAS COYOTE CLUB: YOUTH NATURALIST & WILDERNESS SURVIVAL PROGRAM • REGISTRATION THROUGH FIRST CLASS DAY
    Weekly meetings will involve learning about native plants, animals, tracks, rocks, minerals, natural ecosystems, and primitive survival skills. We strive to equip youth with the knowledge and skills to survive, care for, and study nature in a wild setting. Everything that we do in the outdoors builds physical, mental, emotional strength, confidence, and character that carry over into their daily lives. Students will be involved with hands-on activities that require interaction between them and the natural world.

    Ages 13-19 • $120 per month • Tue. • Sept. 3-Dec. 17 • 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Ages 7-12 • $120 per month • Wed. •  Sept. 4-Dec. 18 • 12-2 p.m.
    Ages 7-12 • $120 per month • Sun. • Sept. 8-Dec. 15 • 1-3 p.m.
    Ages 13-19 • $120 per month • Sun. • Sept. 8-Dec. 15 •  3-5 p.m.
    ADULT PROGRAMS
    WILDERNESS & REMOTE FIRST AID CERTIFICATION • REGISTRATION ENDS NOV. 1
    This course is perfect for scouts, scout leaders, outdoor enthusiasts and anyone who spends time in remote environments. Participants will learn advanced skills for emergency situations when help may be too far away. Based on the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines, this course aligns with OSHA’s Best Practices for Workplace First Aid Training Programs. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a digital certificate for Wilderness and Remote First Aid valid for two years. Must hold current adult CPR/AED certification in order to participate.

    Ages 14+ • $150 • Sat.-Sun. • Nov. 2-3 • 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    ALL AGES WELCOME
    TRAIL BUDDIES
    Enjoy a short story, hike, and playtime specifically designed for preschoolers and their caretakers.

    All Ages • Free • Tue. • Sept. 3-Nov. 26 • 9:30-10:30 a.m.

    HOMESCHOOL ADVENTURE DAYS
    Join us to explore nature in an exciting, enriching, and hands-on environment. No class on Nov. 28.

    All Ages • Free • Wed. or Thu. • Sept. 4-Dec. 19 • 10-11:30 a.m.

    WALK WITH A DOC
    Walk with a Doc is a walking program for everyone interested in taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle. At each month’s walk, a Baylor Scott & White Health provider will speak briefly about his or her area of expertise — from tips for avoiding heat stroke or managing allergies to steps to help maintain mental wellness. Walkers will then enjoy a one mile walk with the provider, during which you can continue the conversation and ask the provider health-related questions.

    All Ages • Free • Sat. • Sept. 7, Nov. 2 & Dec. 7 • 9 a.m. start

    SATURDAY EXHIBIT UNVEILING
    Each Saturday, we unveil a new exhibit and have interactive activities for all ages! Exhibits are open during Nature Center hours of operation throughout the week. Topics will feature mammals, owls, snakes, birds, vegetation, butterflies and more. No exhibit unveiling on Nov. 30.

    All Ages • Free • Sat. • Sept. 7-Dec. 14 • 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

    GUIDED NATURE WALK
    Take a hike with a tour guide to discover the plant and animal species that call Lick Creek Park home.

    All Ages • Free • Mon. • Sept. 9-Nov. 25 • 8-9 a.m.

    GET GROWING WITH BRAZOS COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS
    Sharpen your gardening and landscaping knowledge from local Master Gardeners.

    All Ages • Free • Tue. • Nov. 12 • 6-7 p.m. • “Gardening with Herbs for Flavor and Fragrance” by Sally Ann Hnatuik
    FIELD TRIPS
    We offer instructor-led, field trips with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) correlated curriculum that provides students of all ages meaningful outdoor experiences. Environmental education program themes include wildlife biology, water cycle, plants, ecosystem, organism identification and more. All field trips are free of charge. Teachers and chaperones are responsible for supervising. Lick Creek Nature Center staff will only be facilitating activities.

    BROCHURE
    Link (PDF)

    GRADES
    Kindergarten-6th Grade

    SEMESTER SCHEDULES
    Fall: September-November
    Spring: February-May

    HOURS OF AVAILABILITY
    Monday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Tuesday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Wednesday/Thursday: 12:30-5 p.m.
    Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    HOW LONG DO FIELD TRIPS LAST?
    Depending on the program, field trips can last 2-3 hours with an option to bring their lunch and eat on-site. Once everyone has arrived, we will have a safety overview and then split into three groups of about 20 students for activities. Each activity station lasts about 1-2 hours. A 30-minute lunch is optional before departing.

    DO I NEED TO BOOK IN ADVANCE?
    All field trips must be booked in advance. Dates and times are subject to availability. To schedule a field trip, contact Brooke Littlefield at 979.764.3725 or blittlefield@cstx.gov.

    ANYTHING WE NEED TO BRING?
    • Closed-toed shoes are required.
    • Participants are asked to bring water bottles. Lunch is optional and can be accommodated.
    • Bug spray and sunscreen are encouraged.
    • All field trip groups are responsible for their own transportation.

    HOW MANY STUDENTS CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE?
    The maximum number varies based on the field trip experiences selected. In general, we can accommodate groups of up to 60 people. Field trips typically last 3 hours, including a lesson, activities, and a hike.

    WHAT ARE YOUR RECOMMENDED ADULT/STUDENT RATIOS FOR FIELD TRIPS?
    • Kindergarten-2nd Grade – 1:5
    • 3rd-6th Grade – 1:8

    WHAT HAPPENS IN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER ON THE DAY OF THE FIELD TRIP?
    For groups over 20: If there is inclement weather, we would need to cancel. If an alternate date is available, we will reschedule the trip. We will make this call the day before or the morning of the planned trip.

    For groups under 20: Field trips are held rain or shine. For safety, strong winds and/or thunderstorms may require a substitution of alternative indoor activities. In the case of a weather emergency in which schools are closed, the field trip will be canceled. If an alternate date is available, we will reschedule the trip.
    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 two weeks of request by check. No cash refunds will be issued.

    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.

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SEWER WORK WILL IMPACT TRAILS
Work on a new sewer trunk line that runs across Lick Creek Park is underway and will take a couple of months to complete. During construction, parts of Raccoon Run and Deer Run trails will be subject to intermittent closures. The entrance/exit for the Lick Creek Hike and Bike Trail will also have to be temporarily shut down at some point. We encourage you to continue using the park — accessible from the Lick Creek Nature Center — but please respect the barricades and heed the warning signs. They are there for your safety. More information: Link 

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

NATURE CENTER FIELD TRIPS
We offer instructor-led, field trips with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) correlated curriculum: Link (PDF)

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

FRIENDS OF LICK CREEK PARK
Non-profit providing resources to enhance educational and recreational uses of the park: friendsoflickcreekpark.wordpress.com

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