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Lick Creek programs encourage kids to explore

By Brooke Littlefield, Assistant Recreation Supervisor

It’s hard to believe summer is coming to a close, and school is underway. We hope your summer was full of adventure as you hiked our trails, observed wildlife, and participated in the self-guided activities at Lick Creek Nature Center.

Our Parks and Recreation family enjoyed engaging with the community this summer and is looking forward to seeing you again for our fall programs. The self-guided activities continue and can be found at the Nature Center or by visiting with our staff.

Beginning next Thursday, Lick Creek Nature Center offers two programs to encourage children to engage with their environment. Explorers can choose a program based on their age and must register to reserve a spot. A new nature theme will be introduced each week that challenges participants to observe and explore the world around them.


WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
Ages 3-6
Thursdays, Sept. 10-Dec. 17 • 9:30-10:30 a.m. 
$3 per class

Walk on the wild side as we enjoy a short story, hike, and playtime at the outdoor classroom. The program is designed for preschoolers and caretakers. Daily classes are $3 per participant, and one caretaker is free. Spots are limited, and we won’t have class on Nov. 26.

Registration ends at 5 p.m. the day before each class. 


EXPLORING EXPERIMENTS
Ages 7-13
Fridays, Sept. 11-Dec. 11 • 10-11:30 a.m.
$3 per class

Explore nature in an exciting and enriching hands-on environment. Each week, we’ll discover a new topic through experiments and exploration at the amphitheater. The program is designed for ages 7-13. Daily classes are $3 per person, and spots are limited. We won’t have class on Nov. 27.


The COVID-19 pandemic has led us to restructure programs and devise protocols to keep our youth safe, active, and engaged. Measures include maintaining smaller groups, wearing face masks, and social distancing. Staff will clean and plan based on CDC guidelines and recommendations by county and local health officials.

For more information, go to cstx.gov/lickcreek or call 979-764-6216.

 


About the Blogger

Brooke Littlefield is in second first year as an assistant recreation supervisor. A College Station native, she earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Texas A&M in 2017.


 

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How our fall rec lineup can make you a better parent

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By Virginia Godwin, Assistant Recreation Supervisor/Youth Services

Transitioning from summer to fall is always an adventure.

For parents, it means more routine and less spending on family vacations and kids’ camps.

For youth, it means reuniting with friends and starting a new year of learning.

The Parks and Recreation Department has been working on expanding our programs to offer fun learning outside of the school environment. We’re talking hands-on, engaging classes that encourage developing social skills and learning. It’s like when you sneak veggies into meatloaf — the goal is to provide positive development while your child has fun!

This fall, we’re adding Bricks for Kidz and Drama Kids classes to our fall lineup. You don’t have to be an aspiring chemist to love our science classes, and you don’t have to be the next Leonardo DiCaprio to have a blast with Drama Kids. Classes are for all ages from Pre-K through school age.

Not all our offerings are for kids.

Conscious Discipline is a parental training workshop series that teaches parents and caregivers how to manage the challenges of parenting while developing new skills and experiencing more connected relationships.

I’m a new mom as well as a recreation professional who works with youth, so I know first-hand how easy it is to get frustrated when your kids’ behavior doesn’t meet your expectations. Through the Conscious Discipline series, you’ll learn how to regulate your thoughts and actions when those frustrating behaviors happen. I guarantee you’ll laugh through every class as our incredible instructor navigates the daily mishaps to the frustrating-never-going-to-end breakdowns.

While Conscious Discipline is a great tool to implement at home, CSISD educators also use the tools in their classrooms.

The series has no residence requirements, but all classes require advance registration, which begins Sept. 6. Visit rectrac.cstx.gov or stop by the Stephen C. Beachy Central Park Office at 1000 Krenek Tap Rd., from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on weekdays.

For more information, view the Fall Parks Guide at cstx.gov/parks.

 


13062486_10205970830219402_6104763740309753222_nAbout the Author

Virginia Godwin is in her third year as assistant recreation supervisor/youth services. A College Station native, she previously served as staff development specialist for Kids’ Klub, the College Station Independent School District’s after-school program.


 

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