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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.


Teacher Professional Development this Summer

Join the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve and Our Partners for Exciting Learning

(Corpus Christi, TX - May 22, 2018) The Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve is involved with three FREE professional development opportunities for teachers this summer. These workshops are a chance for teachers to visit area nature sites to get first-hand knowledge of our local environments, as well as acquire new curriculum and supplies for their classrooms. Read the news release for more details. 

  • Watersheds 2 Wetlands workshop on July 10-12, 2018
  • Coastal Bend Environmental Science Alumni workshop on June 26-29, 2018
  • The Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) workshop on July 24-26, 2018



  • Guided Nature Walks - May 2018 Flyer  June 2018 Flyer
  • Porch Talks - Summer family events following guided nature walks on Tuesdays, Flyer
  • Book Club - Fourth Tuesday of the Month, Flyer
  • Book Club for Adults - June 26, July 24, August 28, Flyer
  • Scout-It-Out - Ongoing Program, Flyer
  • Summer Nature Crafts - Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21 & 28, FlyerO.S.O. Guardians Summer Camp 2018 (Observing Science Outdoors) - Weekly camps, field trips, hands-on science & interactive field experience; June 11–August 17, 9am–12pm, Flyer
  • Nature & Crafts - Kaleidoscope, June 16, Flyer
  • Eco-Expert - The Ecological Effects of Manipulating Inlets - Cedar Bayou, June 21, Flyer
  • Wetlands Workshops - Birding by Ear; Tips for Recognizing Birds by Sound, June 22 & 23, Flyer
  • Wetlands Workshop - Turtle Time, June 23, Flyer
  • Summer 2018 Youth Book Club - Learn, Read & Discuss, June 26, July 24, August 21, Flyer
  • Watersheds 2 Wetlands - Practical Lessons and Activities For Educators, July 10–12, Flyer



5 Things To Do Before You're...  List



VIDEO - Free Guided Nature Walks and more on the Preserve

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



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


 eBird Hotspots

Hans & Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge Hotspot

Blucher Park Hotspot



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



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  


    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




    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.)