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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: May 31 & July 3-5
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.

SUMMER SCHEDULE

    YOUTH PROGRAMS
    TEXAS HUNTER’S SAFETY CERTIFICATION COURSE • REGISTRATION ENDS THE FRIDAY BEFORE THE 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. • April 24 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Ages 9+ • $20 • Sat. • July 31 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Ages 9+ • $20 • Sat. • Aug. 21 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    MINI CAMPS
    Qualified program coordinators specially plan each camp to ensure your child has fun and learns the presented skills. Campers are asked to bring a lunch, two snacks, and a water bottle. Lunch is from noon-1 p.m. Limited spots are available.

    SILLY SCIENCE • REGISTRATION ENDS MAY 28
    Be prepared to get silly with science! Discover the quirky things nature and science offer as we dive into experiments, engineering, and crazy crafts.

    Ages 7-12 • $200 • Tue.-Fri. • June 1-4 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    DIGGING FOR DINOSAURS • REGISTRATION ENDS JUNE 4
    Get ready to dig for dinosaurs. Learn how to identify a dinosaur, play games, and create dino-sized crafts.

    Ages 7-12 • $200 • Mon.-Fri. • June 7-11 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    AROUND THE WORLD • REGISTRATION ENDS JUNE 11
    Grab your passports and prepare to explore creatures from around the world. Discover different regions and enjoy related crafts, music, and activities. 

    Ages 7-12 • $200 • Mon.-Fri. • June 14-18 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    AQUATIC SCIENCE • REGISTRATION ENDS JUNE 18
    Sink your hands into aquatic fun as you explore the depths of the vast ocean like a marine scientist. Enjoy pirate and mermaid themed games and activities.

    Ages 7-12 • $200 • Mon.-Fri. • June 21-25 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    A BUG’S LIFE • REGISTRATION ENDS JUNE 25
    Discover the amazing insects, arachnids, and other crawlers and flyers around Lick Creek Park. Prepare to catch bugs and learn how they help our ecosystem.

    Ages 7-12 • $200 • Mon.-Fri. • June 28-July 2 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    NATURE DETECTIVES • REGISTRATION ENDS JULY 2
    Think like a detective as you explore nature by solving problems, searching for clues, asking questions, and observing the great outdoors. 

    Ages 7-12 • $200 • Tue.-Fri. • July 6-9 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    ANIMAL PLANET • REGISTRATION ENDS JULY 9
    Learn about our planet and the animals that inhabit it. Discover how animals use their senses and defenses, and how to become a wildlife hero. 

    Ages 7-12 • $200 • Mon.-Fri. • July 12-16 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    ADVENTURELAND • REGISTRATION ENDS JULY 16
    Conduct adventures, activities, and games along Lick Creek Park trails. Be prepared for fun, action-filled challenges that test your critical thinking and problem-solving skills. 

    Ages 7-12 • $200 • Mon.-Fri. • July 19-23 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    OUT OF THIS WORLD • REGISTRATION ENDS JULY 23
    Three, two, one, blast off! Take a closer look at outer space as we discover and explore planets, galaxies, and constellations. Create your own planets, spaceships, and more.

    Ages 7-12 • $200 • Mon.-Fri. • July 26-30 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    ADULT PROGRAMS
    TEXAS HUNTER’S SAFETY CERTIFICATION COURSE • REGISTRATION ENDS THE FRIDAY BEFORE THE 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. • April 24 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Ages 9+ • $20 • Sat. • July 31 • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Ages 9+ • $20 • Sat. • Aug. 21 • 8 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 - $42
    Resident - $35

    FACILITY PHOTOS
    Click here to view album.

    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.


LINKS

SEWER WORK WILL IMPACT TRAILS
The project has been completed and the trails are reopen. Staff will continue to identify locations for potential trees and monitor native grass recovery.

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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