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Oxley Nature Center & Redbud Valley

Oxley Nature Center Address: 6700 Mohawk Blvd. Tulsa, OK 74115  (get directions)
Redbud Valley Nature Preserve Address:
16152 Redbud Drive, Catoosa, OK 74015 
Phone: (918) 596-9054
Email:
oxley@cityoftulsa.org
Facebook Page: @OxleyNatureCenter & @RedbudValleyNaturePreserve

Hiking Trails at Oxley Nature Center

Interpretive Building:  Tues.–Sat. 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Sun., 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Closed every Mon.
 Gate and Parking Lot:  Open daily  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. except most City holidays.
 Hiking Trails: Accessible during Mohawk Park hours, 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Some trails may be closed due to maintenance or local hiking conditions. Please follow trail signs and do not venture beyond a "Trail Closed" sign.

Our building will be closed on the following City holidays:

Mary K Oxley Interpretive Building
Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 4:30 p.m.
Monday: Closed

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.


 


Tulsa Parks General Policies

The City of Tulsa’s Park and Recreation Department remains committed to ensuring the safety of our staff and residents, and continues to consult with the Tulsa Health Department and CDC guidelines. 

Additional updates and policies will be communicated by center staff as well as posted here and our social media accounts.


Activities

Naturalist staff members plan a variety of monthly programs for youth, adults, seniors and families to enjoy, including: day and evening nature walks, botany classes, group hikes, and more. To stay updated on this month's planned programs, we recommend visiting the Facebook pages for Oxley Nature Center and Redbud Valley Nature Preserve. You can register online for our Oxley Nature Programs.


Volunteer!

Volunteers are always welcome and needed at both Oxley Nature Center and Redbud Valley Nature Preserve! As an naturalist volunteer, you can serve as a Nature Center host, help maintain trails, or help with our educational programs for young people at schools or on site. At the same time, you will experience the natural beauty at Oxley Nature Center and Redbud Valley, two wild gems of Tulsa Parks.

Please call (918) 596-9054 for more information on how to become a volunteer.

Volunteer Information

Volunteer Application


Rental Rates

Outdoor shelters are currently available for rental at Oxley Nature Center. Please contact Oxley for availability and to schedule. (918) 596-9054. 

Shelter - $75/day
Oxley Nature Center Meeting Room - $75/half day or $150/full day.


Trails at Oxley

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.

Wildlife at Oxley

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.


Important Information & Updates About Redbud Valley Nature Preserve

Redbud Valley Nature Preserve to Reopen for Limited Time in April 2024

Preregistered Visitors Can Enjoy the Preserve During Two Limited Weekend Openings 

(Tulsa, OK)—The Redbud Valley Nature Preserve will be reopening for a limited time to preregistered visitors on the first two weekends of April: April 6-7 and April 13-14. The Preserve had to be closed in 2021 due to ecological damage and vandalism. It briefly reopened for limited tours in November 2022.Visitors will be able to choose from two time slots per day: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Unlike previous openings, there will be no guided group hikes. However, naturalists will be present along the trails to oversee the event, assist guests, and share information and knowledge and the Preserve with visitors. Admission to the opening is free of charge, but participants must book their reservations in advance. They can do this by visiting tulsaparks.recdesk.com. Reservations will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrations should be made per vehicle for groups of 1-6 people. When registering, please specify the exact number of people in your group. Registration is limited to 80 individuals per time slot. Tulsa Parks will accept registrations until the day of the event if there are any open spots available. To successfully preserve the land and the wildlife that inhabit the area, the City has agreed to follow a set of rules that all participants must follow during the opening.

Some of these rules include:

About the Redbud Valley Nature Preserve

The Redbud Valley Nature Preserve is a beautiful and unique destination located in northeastern Oklahoma. The Preserve boasts a diverse range of flora and fauna, including the rarest trees in Oklahoma and a variety of native grasses and prairie wildflowers. The preserve's ecosystem most closely resembles a Missouri glade and the Ozarks, featuring dry, hot, and sunny openings in the woodlands with shallow soil. Visitors can explore the geologic life that's millions of years old and tells the stories of the land. Our mission is to protect and preserve the natural beauty and resources of the Redbud Valley for future generations to enjoy.


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