COVID-19 UPDATE: May 29, 2020 12:30 p.m
The City of Tulsa’s Park and Recreation Department remains committed to ensuring the safety of our staff and residents, and continue to consult with CDC guidance, the Tulsa Health Department and City leadership to monitor, asses and update our health and safety policies as needed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please see below for our most recent update:
Oxley Nature Center Address: 6700 Mohawk Blvd. Tulsa, OK 74115 (get directions)
Redbud Valley Nature Preserve Address: 16152 Redbud Drive, Catoosa, OK 74015 (get directions)
Phone: (918) 596-9054
Facebook Page: @OxleyNatureCenter & @RedbudValleyNaturePreserve
Hiking trails at Oxley Nature Center
Accessible during Mohawk Park hours, 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. daily
Gate and Parking Lot is ppen daily 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. except most City holidays. If visiting outside these hours, be sure to park outside the gate.
**Some trails are still closed. Please follow trail signs and do not venture beyond a "Trail Closed" sign.
Mary K Oxley Interpretive Building
Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 4:30 p.m.
The trails at Redbud Valley Nature Preserve
Saturday-Sunday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Harriet Barclay Visitor's Center at Redbud Valley Nature Preserve
Saturday-Sunday:11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Buildings hours are subject to change without notice. For staff safety facility may close falling conclusion of last activity. Please call ahead of arrival for more information.
Basic Guidelines Upon Building Entry:
Programs will be limited to Botany walks, Butterfly walks and Birding walks. Visit the Oxley website for more information.
Volunteers are needed! As an Oxley volunteer, you can serve as a Nature Center host, maintain trails, or work with young people at schools or on site. At the same time, you will experience natural beauty at Oxley Nature Center and Redbud Valley, two of the gems of Tulsa Parks.
Please call (918) 596-9054 for more information on how to become an Oxley Nature Center volunteer.
Outdoor shelters are currently available for rental. Please contact Oxley for availability and to schedule. (918) 596-9054. Please note: current plans and policies (as of June 1 until further notice) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, indoor reservation and rentals are not currently being taken.
Shelter - $75/day
Oxley Nature Center Meeting Room - $75/half day or $150/full day. (not available to rent right now)
Thanks to "Explore Tulsa" and their segment on Oxley Nature Center. Video
Your visit should include hiking at least one of the trails that allow access to the forests, fields, and wetlands of the Nature Center. All Trails Map
Oxley Nature Center trails may be hiked seven days a week, year-round. The trails are closed to the public during Mohawk Park curfew hours: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. You may park outside the gates from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. to walk the trails even when the gates are closed.
The trail system is comprised of many individual loops and stretches of trail linked together. The main part of the trail system centers around the Interpretive Building. A second set of trails, the North Woods Unit, may be found northwest of the Mohawk Park Golf Course and northeast of Lake Yahola.
There are nearly nine miles of trails. Most are flat and fairly smooth. Wheelchairs and strollers may be taken down many of the trails unless rain has made the dirt or grass surfaces too soft or muddy. The trails are not set up for horses, bicycles, or vehicles of any kind.
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.
The primary management focus at Redbud Valley is to preserve and protect the unique plant and animal life that is found here. The area is also used for environmental education and for public enjoyment, but only when these activities coincide with our main focus, protection.
The Redbud Valley Nature Preserve is managed by the Oxley Nature Center and The Nature Conservancy. Redbud Valley is a place of quiet beauty and rugged scenery where many plants and animals can not be found anywhere else in northeastern Oklahoma. It is a very special habitat, preserved for all to enjoy.
Besides some very basic improvements, we have left the trails rough and rugged. They are steep in places, rocky in others, and frequently muddy and slick after rain. Use extra caution as you walk through the area. We encourage you to stay on the trails. The soil on the top is very thin and excess traffic causes long-term damage. On the hillsides, erosion is a problem, especially where people short-cut between trail sections.
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