Lick Creek Nature Center set to offer outdoor educational experiences

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - On Saturday, October 14th the Lick Creek Nature Center will officially be open to the public.

The Nature Center will serve as the focal point of the 515-acre Lick Creek Park off Rock Prairie Road in College Station.

The Nature Center has indoor and outdoor classrooms, an amphitheater, a meeting room, native plant displays, a Monarch butterfly garden, restrooms and office space.

Some of those spaces are available to rent out, however, the main focus of the new spot is education.

"We want families, youth, young and old alike to come out here and learn how to take care of the world around them," said Virginia Godwin with the City of College Station.

Guided tours and family hikes are two of the programs that will be offered at the Nature Center.

"When we have families come out, they'll learn to identify some species out here that they can also identify in their backyard," explained Godwin.

Here is a list of some of the programs that will be offered at the Lick Creek Nature Center:

o Outdoor field trips
o Friday Family Hikes
o Saturday programs, such as bird house building contests, campfire building demonstrations, storytelling, and survival tips
o Saturday Showcases featuring traveling exhibits
o Sunday Safety Series: Learning to identify snakes and insects, bite protocol, and outdoor/trail bike safety
o Self-led nature walk/wildlife ID scavenger hunts
o Birding 101 and guided nature walks
o Sunrise and sunset yoga classes
o Little Ag Producers: Kids learn to identify, grow, harvest and prepare local vegetation

Voters approved the $2.1 million dollar nature center in 2008 and construction on the center began in 2016.

Everyone is invited to the grand opening on Saturday, October 14th from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

There will be education stations, guest speakers, and guided tours through the facility and trails.

Guided tours will take place every half hour starting at 9:30 a.m.

Light refreshments will also be served.

Dogs are welcome on a leash, but horses and bikes are not permitted.

The hours of the Nature Center are as follows:

Weekdays: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturdays: 8 a.m to 5 p.m.
Sundays: 1:00 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information on the grand opening event and Lick Creek Nature Center, visit the links under the related links section of this story.

You can also reach the College Station Parks & Recreation office at 979-764-3486.