Spots are going fast for Lick Creek Star Party

UPDATE (2/20): Since it might rain Friday night, we’ve closed registration so we can extend the Discovery Dome showings to last 30 minutes rather than 15. It will be the only activity if it rains. The Discovery Dome will be in the meeting room, and we’ll still have an RPTS booth with an activity and refreshments. We’ll contact registered participants to schedule their show time. If the weather is clear, we’ll still have the originally planned activities. 

By Emily Thornton, Lick Creek Nature Center Part-time Program Supervisor

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what constellations are visible, what that extra bright star is, or whether you see a planet, a moon, or a star? Maybe all that intergalactic information gets lost in, well, space.

Or, maybe you’re just looking for something fun and out of the ordinary to do on a Friday night.

Enter the inaugural Lick Creek Star Party on Friday, Feb. 22 from 7-10 p.m. The event takes place at the Lick Creek Nature Center at 13600 Rock Prairie Road. The City of College Station’s Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with Texas A&M’s Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences Department to bring this unique, star-studded event to area residents.

Registration will be available on-site, but since spots are limited, we strongly encourage you to register online as soon as possible at

The cost is $15 per person and includes:

  • Unlimited star gazing through high-powered telescopes provided by the Brazos Valley Astronomy Club. Club members will assist participants in understanding how to use telescopes and what’s visible in the winter sky. They’ll be happy to answer any questions.
  • An exclusive viewing in the Discovery Dome, an inflatable planetarium from the Houston Museum of Natural Science. You’ll see planets, stars, and galaxies as you’ve never seen them before.
  • Galaxy-themed snacks and hot chocolate will help you fuel up for your explorations.
  • Space-themed crafts and games will bring those far-off ideas to your fingertips.
  • Informational booths about light pollution, constellations, telescopes and more will further your understanding of the astronomical world and what you can do to educate others.

Grab some friends and join us for this interstellar event that could spark a new love and lifelong curiosity of the cosmos!

For more information visit or call 979-764-6216.


About the Blogger

Emily Thornton is in her first year as part-time program supervisor at the Lick Creek Nature Center. A native of Tomball, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences from Texas A&M in 2015.


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