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Wilderness first aid class prepares you for emergencies

By Brooke Littlefield, Assistant Recreation Supervisor

The COVID-19 pandemic has led many College Station residents to head outside to enjoy our beautiful parks. If you’re like me, you also enjoy visiting nearby campgrounds or participating in other outdoor recreational activities. 

But dangers lurk in the great outdoors, too, which is why you should always be prepared for any possible emergency.

That’s where the Parks & Recreation Department’s Wilderness & Remote First Aid Certification course comes in. The program’s purpose is to provide you with the first aid skills to adequately respond to emergencies and provide care in remote areas where emergency medical services aren’t readily available. These skills can also be invaluable in urban disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes. 

The course is based on the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines and aligns with OSHA’s Best Practices for Workplace First Aid Training programs. When to complete the class, you’ll receive a digital certificate that’s valid for two years.

The two-day course will be Oct. 24-25 from 9 a.m-5 p.m. at Lick Creek Nature Center. Participants must be at least 14 years of age and must have a current adult CPR/AED certification. Registration ends Friday, Oct. 23, and the cost is $150.

Sign up to receive our weekly Recreation Connection eNewsletter for updates on our programs and  events. For more information, contact me at blittlefield@cstx.gov or 979-764-3725.

 


About the Blogger

Brooke Littlefield is in her second 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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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 her second 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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Celebrate your child’s B’Earthday at Lick Creek

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

Are you looking for a unique birthday experience for your young explorers to celebrate their special day? The Lick Creek Nature Center has the solution.

This fall, the Lick Creek Nature Center is offering B’EARTHday Packages that can be purchased for $75 when you rent a meeting room, outdoor classroom, or the amphitheater. Rentals range from $25-$120 depending on the facility and your residency status. B’EARTHday Packages also include an hour-long activity and hike led by staff.

The package costs cover parties of 10 kids and must be booked at least two weeks in advance. Up to five additional children can be added for $10 each. The birthday child and siblings under three years old are free and don’t count toward the party.

Renters are required to supervise the party and ensure that educational items are used properly and put away. At least two adult chaperones are required at all times, including the hike. Renters must also follow rental policies regarding set-up and clean-up.

We offer three categories based on your child’s interests and age group:

BUGGIN’ OUT • Ages 3-8 • March 1-Nov. 22

Discover the insects that call Lick Creek Park home. Our hike includes a scavenger hunt as we explore the habitats and food sources of local bugs. Activities include crafts and exhibits showcasing our many-legged friends.

DIGGIN’ FOR DINOS • Ages 4-8 • All Seasons 

Calling all explorers! We need your expertise as we explore what makes dinosaurs so great. Activities include digging for dinosaurs, creating our own fossils, and observing dinosaur characteristics. Kids enjoy a fun lesson in an exciting, enriching hands-on environment.

GROW AS WE GO • Ages 7-12 • All Seasons

Sharpen your horticulture skills as we take a look at the plants 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.

With a variety of packages to choose from, the Lick Creek Nature Center has something for every young nature enthusiast’s birthday celebration.

The Parks and Recreation Department follows federal, state, city, and county guidelines to help avoid exposure and transmission of COVID-19 at events, programs, and facilities. Anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms with a temperature above 99.5 F degrees, or has come in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, is prohibited from participating or attending events or programs.

For more information, visit cstx.gov/LickCreek or call 979-764-6216.

 


About the Blogger

Kelli Nesbitt (@kneztalk) has served the Parks & Recreation Department for 15 years, the last eight as marketing coordinator. A native of Bryan, Kelli earned a bachelor’s degree in health & kinesiology from Sam Houston State.


 

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Parks & Recreation: What’s open and what’s not?

EDITOR’S NOTE: The post was updated on June 18.  

By Kelly Kelbly, Assistant Parks & Recreation Director

As Gov. Greg Abbott continues his plans to open Texas, the College Station Parks and Recreation Department has been making plans for reopening spaces, facilities, and programs impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We base our discussions on federal, state, and local guidance to prioritize public health and safety.

Regrettably, budget reductions resulting from a significant decline in sales tax revenue are also a factor. Remember also that phased reopenings aren’t an immediate return to normal operations. They include necessary and appropriate measures to reduce the risks of community transmission.

Here’s a look at our current situation, including some answers to your most frequent questions.

Open Facilities

  • Basketball courts
  • Community and neighborhood parks (Directory)
  • Disc golf courses
  • Dog parks
  • Larry J. Ringer Library
  • Lick Creek Park
  • G. Hysmith Skate Park
  • Pavilions and shelters
  • Playgrounds (use is discouraged)
  • Sand volleyball courts
  • Stephen C. Beachy Central Park office
  • Tennis courts

Facility Reopening Schedule

  • Athletic Fields – June 1 for practices; June 15 for tournaments
  • Lick Creek Nature Center office and restrooms – June 1 (open Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 1-6 p.m.)
  • Park restrooms and water fountains – June 1
  • Veterans Park & Athletic Complex – May 23

Remaining Facility Closures

  • Adamson Lagoon
  • Cindy Hallaran Pool
  • Fun For All Playground and splash pad
  • Lincoln Recreation Center
  • Meyer Senior & Community Center
  • Southwood Community Center
  • W.A. Tarrow splash pad

Canceled Summer Programs

  • Tsunami Swim Team
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Training
  • Water Safety Instructor Certification
  • Swim Lessons
  • 5V5 Basketball League
  • Summer Youth Basketball
  • Summer Softball & Kickball Leagues
  • Starlight Music Series
  • Challenger Bowling
  • Water Aerobics
  • Mini Summer Camps
  • College Station Senior Games (Sept. 25-27)

For your convenience, here are some answers to your most frequently asked questions:

Are playgrounds open?
Yes, but their use is discouraged. Citizens should stay six feet away from anyone who doesn’t live with them and follow other CDC guidelines.

Is Lick Creek Park open?
Yes, the trails are open. The office and restrooms will open on June 1. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m-5 p.m., and Sunday from 1-6 p.m.

Is Veterans Park & Athletic Complex open?
The park will open on May 23. The restrooms and athletic fields open on June 1.

When will the pools and splash pads open?
Adamson Lagoon and Cindy Hallaran Pool will remain closed for the 2020 season due to budgetary constraints, limited resources and continued health and welfare concerns regarding social distancing, sanitization, and staffing requirements. We will decide at the end of July regarding the possibility of opening splash pads.

Will you have swimming lessons this year?
Swim lessons have been canceled for the 2020 season. Click here for three water safety resources to help keep your family safe.

When will the Lincoln Recreation Center’s full-day summer camp open?
The summer camp has been canceled due to strict CDC guidelines regarding group sizes, activity restrictions, social distancing, sanitization, and staffing requirements. At this time, we are planning to offer the after-school program, beginning Aug. 13.

When will the Summer Parks Guide be published?
The summer guide will not be published. We are committed to providing updated information through our website.

Who will enforce minimum health protocols for non-city-sponsored youth sports and tournaments?
User groups and tournament organizers are responsible for developing, implementing, and enforcing minimum health protocols for their events at our facilities. The city is responsible for sanitizing restrooms, trash cans, and fields.

When will senior adult programming resume?
Senior programming won’t resume until the fall. People 65 years and older and those who live in nursing homes or long-term care facilities are encouraged to stay home as much as possible.

Are dog parks open?
Yes, Barracks, Steeplechase, and University Park are open.

Can you fish at College Station ponds?
Yes, you can fish at Brothers Pond, Cy Miller, John Crompton, and Stephen C. Beachy Central Park ponds. You must have a freshwater fishing stamp if you’re 17 or older. For information on pond stocking, harvest regulations, and license requirements, go to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website.

Are cemeteries open?
Yes, the Aggie Field of Honor and the College Station Cemetery are open for visitation. The hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to sunset, and on Sunday from 6 a.m. to sunset.

We understand the vital role our department plays in our community’s quality of life, especially during these challenging times. We are faithfully working to create healthier, happier, and more connected communities while responsibly addressing the COVID-19 outbreak.

For more information, contact us at 979-764-3486 or parks@cstx.gov.

 


About the Blogger

Assistant Director Kelly Kelbly is in her 19th year with the College Station Parks & Recreation Department. A native of Gilmer, Kelly is a 1998 graduate of Texas A&M.


 

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Celebrate the monarch’s spring migration March 22

By Brooke Littlefield, Assistant Recreation Supervisor

As spring returns, it brings our favorite butterfly back with it.

You can expect to see more of the brilliant orange and black wings of the monarch in the next few weeks. We in the Brazos Valley are fortunate to witness the seasonal migration of the monarchs in the fall as they head south and in the spring as they return to the north.

To celebrate the spring return of our favorite winged friend, the Parks and Recreation Department hosts its annual Monarch March event on Sunday, March 22, at Lick Creek Nature Center. The free event will be from 1-4 p.m., and additional parking will be available in the Lick Creek equestrian lot.

Festivities include a walk through Lick Creek Park’s Monarch Waystation, photo and educational booths, tips on creating your waystation or butterfly garden, and much more.

Community organizations such as Butterflies in the Brazos, the Brazos Valley Master Naturalist, and Brazos County Master Gardeners will host booths and lead fun activities to help us learn how to support the amazing monarch.

Join us as we celebrate the monarchs at Lick Creek Park. For more information, visit cstx.gov/LickCreek or call 979-764-6216.

 


About the Blogger

Brooke Littlefield is in her 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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Lick Creek Star Party offers a relaxing escape

Silhouettes of people observing stars in night sky. Astronomy concept.

By Brooke Littlefield, Assistant Recreation Supervisor

The start of a new year typically means returning to busy schedules and beginning new ventures. Our fast-paced schedules can overtake the days, and we can’t seem to find time to pause and soak in the wonderful world around us.

A quiet evening in a serene, natural setting may be just what you need.

The Lick Creek Nature Center Star Party offers an ideal escape from your hectic lifestyle to explore the wonders of the nighttime sky. The free, family-friendly event is Friday, Feb. 21 from 7-10 p.m. and features space-themed crafts, activities, and stargazing.

We’ll learn about the phases of the moon, construct constellations, explore the night sky, and craft our way through the galaxy. Explorers can also enjoy galaxy-themed snacks, hot chocolate, and a photo booth.

Information booths about light pollution, constellations, nocturnal animals, and more will also enhance your understanding of the astronomical world. Additional parking is available at the Lick Creek equestrian entrance off Rock Prairie Road.

Grab your telescopes, friends, and family, and enjoy a night of stargazing and good company.

For more information, contact me at 979-764-6216 or blittlefield@cstx.gov.

 


About the Blogger

Brooke Littlefield is in her 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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