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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 to 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.

VIDEO - "Not Your Typical Park" 
Learn more about the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve. We aren't your typical park or your typical preserve.

► GUIDELINES: Play It Safe, COVID-19 Update. (Update 5-17-2021) 

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EVENTS CALENDAR

  • Guided Nature Walks November 2021 - December 2021
  • Scout-It-Out  Ongoing Program, Updated Flyer
  • Growing Up WILD! - For Kids, Fall 2021, September 20–November 29, Flyer
  • Winter Wildlife Camp 2021 - Birds; Fish; Tracks & Trees, December 20, 21, & 22, Flyer
  • Porch Talks - Texas Rocks!, December 29, Flyer


FALL CONCERT AT THE PRESERVE - Flyer
Makena Smith Music to present its Fall Concert on Friday, November 19, 2021. The event is FREE and open to everyone. Come and enjoy the sounds on guitar, ukulele, piano, violin, and songs! See flyer for more details.

BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION - Flyer
Featuring Silent Spring by Rachel Carson on Tuesday, December 14, 2021. The event is FREE. Join our discussion! 

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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 Miranda Lopez at MirandaL3@cctexas.com at least three weeks before your trip. You will receive a confirmation email and invoice for your trip within 48 hours.

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BIRTHDAY 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 per age group. See the flyer below for more details. 

Birthday Parties at the Preserve Flyer 

Birthday Party Request Form (Due to COVID-19, the Preserve is not accepting birthday party reservations at this time.)

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NOTEWORTHY AT THE PRESERVE

  • Habitat Improvements
  • Heart Your Park
  • Pollinator Playscape


Learn about these programs and events. 

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CITY NATURE CHALLENGE

Thank you Coastal Bend residents for participating in this year’s city nature challenge! This four-day competition was part of a statewide network of city nature challenges that individuals, couples and families joined to document our local biodiversity. For this year’s challenge, our community collected 991 observations. From those observations, 465 species have been identified. We are now calling out to experts asking them to help us continue identifying species for this project. Although identifications no longer count towards the challenge, they are added to the iNaturalist Research-Grade Observation dataset which is accessed by hundreds of scientists and used for their research projects. For more information, contact the local challenge coordinator Miranda Lopez at (361) 826-3947 or mirandal3@cctexas.com .

HELP MAKE IDENTIFICATIONS TODAY! 
     
Visit City Nature Challenge 2021: Corpus Christi Area (link).

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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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YOUR BUCKET LIST

5 Things To Do Before You're...  List

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All-Terrain Wheelchairs Make the Trails Fun and Accessible

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department offers free use of All-Terrain Wheelchairs for persons with disabilities. This chair allows you to move about on the preserve trails. Come, explore nature in a more enjoyable and accessible way.

To learn more about this program, view the VIDEO about our All-Terrain Wheelchairs for use on the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve trails and City beaches.

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FEATURED VIDEO:

VIDEO - Free Guided Nature Walks and more on the Preserve

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 
(Closed on Mondays; Open Tuesday – 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 daily, 7am – 7pm

(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.)