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Mary K. Oxley Nature Center

6700 Mohawk Blvd

The Nature Center is a wonderful place to encounter the wildlife of the Tulsa area. Oxley Nature Center's 804 acres support a diversity of habitats along the south bank of Bird Creek. The flood-plain forest, comprised of giant cottonwoods, sycamores, oaks, pecans, and hackberry trees and many other smaller trees and shrubs, is home to many kinds of animals and wildflowers. Combined with open areas maintained as hay meadows or prairies and a variety of wetlands, the different habitats make especially rich combinations of conditions.

More than 200 kinds of birds may be found at the Nature Center during the year. Over 50 kinds of butterflies have been found so far, and other insects like dragonflies and aquatic insects are numerous. The most commonly observed reptiles are the red-eared pond sliders and other aquatic turtles that sun themselves near the water. No venomous snakes have ever been found at the Nature Center, but water snakes are very commonly seen (they have no venom, but are aggressive if captured or provoked.) If you are in the right place at the right time, you may find one of the many mammals that live at the Nature Center: deer, raccoon, bobcat, mink, skunk, coyote, flying squirrel, and beaver all make their homes here. It is more likely that you will find evidence of their presence instead: a track, a tuft of fur, a chewed tree, or a home.

Hundreds of flowering plants may be enjoyed. The first wave of wildflowers begins as early as February or March, peaking in May and June. Another wave begins in July and August, peaking in September and October. The best time to enjoy the colors of fall foliage ranges from mid-October to mid-November, although some plants begin to show color in August, and the peak of fall color sometimes delays until late November.


Lindsay Lauerman

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
We love it here! Best place to take the family to get exercise and explore nature. Visitor center is awesome and all the volunteers there are very kind. Great little gift shop also.

Kimberly Sutich

Monday, April 2, 2018
Going back for pics soon. This is a wonderful quiet place for nature lovers. Amazingly, I don't think a lot of people know of it because it's never packed with people like most other outdoor nature centers that offer trails and such!

Tinapunk Marie

Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
After going to Turkey Mountain for several years this little hiking spot is A good change. When you first get there there’s a building that is the nature preserve and inside they have a lot of fun interactive activities in this place for kids. my son who is almost 3 years old loved it and from that nature preserve you can go to several different trails the whole area is awesome very well kid kept you can tell that they care about it.

kenneth douglass

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Loved this place, as I love nature anyway. If you're like me this is the place to go

Ashley Boyd

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Awesome experience. Trails were well kept. Bathrooms were clean. Beehive was cool. Trails are well marked.

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