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Come and be amazed!

The Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center serves to enhance community understanding for the need to preserve the natural resources of coastal ecosystems for future generations through access and education.

This 162-acre nature preserve is filled with the wonders of our natural world. We invite everyone to explore the two miles of nature viewing trails and walk away with a new-found experience and understanding. The Learning Center is open for visitors. Come and learn about the importance of protecting the wetlands for future generations to enjoy. As a student of nature, you will find the preserve's "live classroom" truly fascinating.

The preserve is owned and operated by the City of Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department.

We invite you to venture into the wild.

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Take our ONLINE SURVEY so that you can share your ideas with us regarding our parks, recreation facilities and programs which will be used to draft the Parks Master Plan Update 2018. The survey, available in English and Spanish, ends October 5, 2018. The news release provides more information.

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Help Us Heart Your Park by Volunteering on September 22 

We're partnering with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) to add to our Pollinator Playscape in celebration of National Public Lands Day. Help us install an extension to our pollinator garden and get your hands messy! Get out of the house and get to know some new people in the community by working with us to create habitat and finish this exciting project. For more information, contact Sara Jose.

► Sign up under ‘Special Events.’ Registered volunteers will receive a t-shirt and lunch. 

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Pollinator Playscape is Now Open at the Preserve

Come and check out this new play and hands-on educational feature

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On July 13, 2018, we officially opened the new Pollinator Playscape! This sensory garden project includes a water feature, pollinator plants, benches, hopscotch, a barefoot path, log hops and more. Read the news release for more details.

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TEXAS NATURE CHALLENGE
AUGUST 18–NOVEMBER 10, 2018

We invite families to compete in the Coastal Bend region’s 2018 Texas Nature Challenge where teams participate in a variety of activities at area nature centers, museums, parks and other outdoor spaces. Families who complete at least two challenges, compile their experiences into a scrapbook, journal or blog and submit it are eligible to win prizes. This is a fun way for families to connect, play and explore nature together.

Flyer for Texas Nature Challenge  l  Learn more about the challenge and sign up for it

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EVENTS CALENDAR

  • Guided Nature Walks -  September 2018  October 2018
  • Scout-It-Out - Ongoing Program, Flyer
  • Family Science Explorations - Hurricanes; Animal Dissections; Navigate Like a Pirate, July 21, September 22, November 17, Flyer
  • Growing Up WILD! for Kids Ages 3-7 on Mondays, September 10 & 24, October 8 & 22, November 5 & 19, and December 3 & 17, Flyer
  • Yoga Series - September 15, 22 & 29, Flyer
  • Wetlands Workshops -  National Estuaries Week Events, September 18 & 20, Flyer
  • Eco-Expert - South Texas Brush: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, September 20, Flyer
  • Wetlands Workshop - How to Become a Shark, September 22, Flyer
  • Homeschool Days - September 27, October 25, November 29, Flyer
  • Girl Scout Badge Event - September 29, Flyer
  • Family Yoga Class - October 1, 15 & 29, Flyer
  • Yoga Series - October 6, 13, 20 & 27, Flyer
  • Eco-Expert - Environmental History of Oso Bay, October 18, Flyer
  • Girl Scount Badge Event - October 20, Flyer
  • Wetlands Workshop - Harte Research Institute presents "Fish Prints," October 27, Flyer

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YOUR BUCKET LIST

5 Things To Do Before You're...  List

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FEATURED VIDEOS:

VIDEO - Free Guided Nature Walks and more on the Preserve

VIDEO - Free Parks & Recreation's All-Terrain Wheelchair Accommodation

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iNATURALIST WILDLIFE OBSERVATIONS ON THE PRESERVE!

We welcome all visitors to contribute to the inventory of wildlife observed at the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve on our iNaturalist page.

SIGHTINGS:

 eBird Hotspots

Hans & Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge Hotspot

Blucher Park Hotspot

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GROUP FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

To book a field trip, please fill out the Field Trip Request Form and email the completed form to Education Coordinator Caleb Harris at CalebH@cctexas.com at least three weeks prior to your trip. You will receive a confirmation email and invoice for your trip within 48 hours.

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PARTIES

Book your child's birthday party with us! Come celebrate the special day as you and your party guests discover the preserve and have fun. Pick from our three options: Nature Scavenger Hunt; Insect Nature Walk; or Nature & Crafts.

Birthday Parties Flyer

Birthday Party Request Form  

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    Congratulations to Sara Jose!

    Recipient of the 2017 Professional Coastal Steward Award

    (Corpus Christi, TX - November 15, 2017) Sara is the Preserve Manager at the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center who has done a great job over the past several years as a community youth educator. She lead the Nature Challenge program, which combines enjoying regional special places with family activities, persevering after Hurricane Harvey threatened to end the program by continuous communication and outreach. Read the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation news release for more details.

    Contact Information & More

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    Address: 2446 N. Oso Parkway, Corpus Christi, Texas 78414

    Phone: (361) 826-3335

    ► Preserve Map (PDF file)

    To request presentations to community groups, contact Preserve Manager Sara Jose at (361) 826-3432 or SaraJ@cctexas.com.

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    HOURS

     

    Learning Center is open Monday – Saturday, 8am – 5pm

    Walking Trails & Playground are open daily, dawn to dusk.

    Trading Post is open during learning center hours listed above. Trading Post Fact Sheet.

    Parking Lot is open Monday – Saturday, 7:30am – 7pm; and closed Sunday

    (Trails can be accessed using the walk-in entrances along N. Oso Parkway and from the Holly hike and bike. After hours parking is available along N. Oso Parkway or at the Holly hike and bike lot at Holly Road and Paul Jones Avenue.)