The University of Texas at Austin

The Creek Monster Habitat

The Creek Monster Habitat

Opens Sunday, April 11th, 2021
Closes Sunday, May 23rd, 2021

Directions and Parking
The exhibit is located on the corner of 24th and San Jacinto across the street from the Mustangs sculpture.

Parking is available in the San Jacinto Garage, the closest parking to the exhibit, for $6-$9. From the San Jacinto Garage, head west and cross San Jacinto Street. The Creek Monster Habitat will be just ahead and to the south.

Try Capital Metro transit to and from the Creek Monster Habitat (located near the corner of San Jacinto & 24thStreet). Nearby transit stops include San Jacinto/24th, 23rd/San Jacinto, 23rd/Trinity, San Jacinto/23rd, and Dean Keeton/San Jacinto.

About the Exhibit

Waller Creek Monster Habitat/Earth Day Project

Making the invisible visible. Our UT Green Fund Grant-supported project invites the UT Community and friends to explore urban ecosystems and the living world in the heart of our campus and city. Waller Creek, the often-unnoticed jewel of our campus, teams with life and opportunities to connect with nature.

Step into our Creek Monster Habitat, the home of our shy, benevolent “Spirit Guardian” of Waller Creek. Discover the Creek Monster’s favorite native plants and maybe even hear the Creek Monster sounds. See the 100-year flood-plain made visible through blue banding on the trees and learn how you can help reduce urban flooding impacts. Explore the beauty of Waller Creek through the Waller Creek Walking Tour.  Learn about UT-centered research and what you can do to help the health of our watershed.  Read about UT Landscape Services work to cultivate and protect our campus’s urban environments. Connect with nature and realize that you are a part of it.

We invite all curious “Creek Monsters,” young and old, to explore and enjoy this magical space in the heart of Austin.

Student conceived and designed, led by COFA Faculty and Texas Performing Arts staff member Karen Maness, in collaboration with over 100 UT students from the Department of Theatre & Dance, the School for Design & Creative Technology, The College of Natural Sciences, The Cockrell School of Engineering, School of Architecture, The Moody College of Communication, and the Department of Radio-Television & Film, with support, partnership, and mentorship from the College of Fine Arts, Texas Performing Arts, Waterloo Greenway, and dwg. Landscape Architecture.

Exhibit Sponsors

UT’s Green Fund Grant, UT’s College of Fine Arts, Texas Performing Arts

UT’s Facilities Services, UT’s Moody College of Communication, UT’s College of Natural Sciences, UT’s School of Design and Creative Technologies, UT’s Cockrell School of Engineering, UT’s Department of Theatre and Dance, Purdue University, Waterloo Greenway Conservancy, DWG, and Cap Metro

Creek Monster Site Map


Learn more about the Creek Monster Habitat

Learn more about the Creek Monster and the Creek Monster Habitat

Learn about the history of the Creek Monster, its habitat, and the Spirit Guardian of Waller Creek.

Meet the Tiny Monsters of Waller Creek

Learn more about the Tiny Monsters of Waller Creek

Meet the Tiny Monsters of Waller Creek and learn all about their roles in the creek’s ecosystem.

The 100-Year Floodplain

Learn more about the 100-year floodplain

Learn about the 100-year flood, floodplain, our watershed, and what you can do to make a difference.

Take the Creek Monster Walking Tour

Take a virtual walking tour of Waller Creek

UT’s Department of Sustainability has put together a self-guided walking tour of Waller Creek, complete with photos, audio recordings, and tons more information on the creek and its ecosystem.

Read our Creek Monster Blog Posts

Read our students’ blog posts

As they have been building the nest, our students have been documenting their experiences.

Take the Creek Monster Survey

Take our survey

Follow this link to tell us all about your experience! We want to know what you learned and how our exhibit changed the way you think about your environment.

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