Trails As Parks

Precinct 4’s Trails As Parks Division is a mobile team that strives to connect people to nature by providing outdoor recreation, ecotourism, and environmental education throughout Harris County Precinct 4 parks.

Call us at 713-274-4201 or email us at tap@hcp4.net

For a PDF and printer friendly version of our Frequently Asked Questions, Click Here.

When fishing with TAP do I need a fishing license?

Yes, Texas requires a fishing license on all public waters.

Is there a fee to participate in the TAP programs?

Our programs are available to the public at NO cost.

Do I need to bring anything?

TAP provides the necessary equipment for all programs. You may want to bring water or a refillable bottle. You may bring your own equipment if you wish, but staff must inspect it and deem it safe before use.

How do I sign up/register for a TAP program?

Go to the website: https://www.hcp4.net/tapevents

Can we bring our own equipment?

You may bring your own equipment if you wish, but staff must inspect it and deem it safe before use. TAP does provide all the necessary equipment for all programs. You may wish to bring water or a refillable bottle.

What is TAP?

TAP is an acronym which stands for Trails As Parks. Trails As Parks is a division of the Harris County Precinct 4 Parks Department. Trails As Parks is a mobile team that strives to connect people to nature by providing outdoor recreation, ecotourism, and environmental education throughout Harris County Precinct 4.

Are there age restrictions for the programs?

Some of the TAP programs do have age and/or weight restrictions in an effort to provide a safe program experience for the participants. Please check the restrictions for each program before registering at https://www.hcp4.net/tapevents.

Where do these programs take place?

Trails As Parks utilizes the Harris County Precinct 4 Parks as well as the Spring Creek and Cypress Creek Greenways. With TAP being a mobile team, programming varies in locations. Please go to the website to check the location of each program: https://www.hcp4.net/tapevents

Does TAP have a Facebook page?

Yes! You can click to join the TAP group page from the Harris County Precinct 4 Page : https://www.facebook.com/pg/HCPrecinct4/groups/?ref=page_internal

Do I have to make a reservation for TAP programs/events?

In order for TAP to properly plan for the number of participants at each program/event, we would prefer that everyone make a reservation at: https://www.hcp4.net/tapevents.

Can we fish from the canoe?

For the safety of everyone in the canoe, we would advise against it.

Does TAP do merits/badges/loops/etc. for civic groups?

TAP will assist with some parts of merits/badges/loops/etc. Please contact us well in advance at tap@hcp4.net to discuss what options are available.

Does TAP do programs/events outside of Harris County Precinct 4?

Most of our programs/events are done within the Harris County Precinct 4 boundaries, but on occasion we partner with other organizations outside the precinct for special events.

Do you have to live in Harris County, Texas or in Precinct 4 to participate in TAP programs/events?

No. We welcome visitors from all over the world, not just Harris County.

Canoeing

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Personal Flotation Devices, paddles, and canoes will be provided on this exciting adventure! For participants 50 lbs. and up. 

Park After Dark

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Join TAP naturalists for nighttime exploration of the parks and experience programs such as Glow-in-the-dark Nature, Owl Prowls, Spider Sniffing, and more! Everyone welcome!

Fishing

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Fishing poles are provided or bring your own fishing pole, tackle, and bait for a fun-filled day at the lake. Instructors will be available to answer questions and offer tips to beginner anglers. Catch and release only. 

Archery

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Try to hit the mark! Archery equipment is provided or attendees may bring their own equipment as long as their arrow tips have target or field points. For participants age 7 and up. 

Pontoon Boat Trips

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Enjoy the beauty of Spring Creek during a relaxing pontoon boat ride to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. You will forget you are still in Harris County! For participants 50 lbs. and up. 

Nature Walks

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Join TAP naturalists for a guided nature walk along the Spring Creek Greenway Trail or in one of Harris County Precinct 4 parks. Everyone welcome!

Science Days

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Explore the natural world around you! TAP naturalists will guide participants in various environmental education programs like Animal Adaptations, Pollinators, Herp Hunts, Pond Ecology, and more!

Stargazing

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Relax under the stars. Bring your binoculars to take a look at our stars and solar system. TAP staff will have a telescope available for an even closer look! All ages are invited.

TAP Events