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.
- Guided Nature Walks - May 2023 - June 2023
- Scout-It-Out – Ongoing Program - Revised Flyer 2022
- Wetlands Workshops - Summer & Fall 2023, May 27–October 28, Updated Flyer
- Adult Painting Class with Stacey White, June 3, Flyer
- Therapy Dogs at the Preserve, June 10, Flyer
- Summer Nature Camps - by Age Group, Weekly, June 5–July 13, Flyer
- Summer Porch Talks for Families - Wednesdays, June 7–August 2, Flyer
- Teen Dissections Day, June 15, Flyer
- Summer Animal Training Series - Wednesdays, June 21, June 28, July 5, & July 12, Flyer
- Summer Nature Camps for Ages 11 to 15, Weekly, July 17–July 27, Flyer
► BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION - Flyer
Featuring Wild Souls: Freedom and Flourishing in the Non-Human World by Emma Marris on Saturday, July 8, 2023. The event is FREE. Join our discussion!
GROUP FIELD TRIP INFORMATION
► CALENDAR FULL FOR 2022–23 SCHOOL YEAR
- Field Trip Descriptions and Fee Information in Oso Preserve Book
- Field Trip Calendar of Available Dates
- Field Trip Request Form
To book a field trip, please fill out the Field Trip Request Form and email the completed form to Education Coordinator Marissa Zaino at MarissaZ@cctexas.com at least three weeks before 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 per age group. We suggest booking at least six weeks in advance due to limited openings. See the flyer below for more details.
► Birthday Parties at the Preserve Flyer
The Preserve offers a variety of ways volunteers can make meaningful and rewarding contributions. View the presentation below to learn more. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact Lauren Piorkowski at LaurenP@cctexas.com.
► Volunteer Opportunities at the Preserve - Presentation (PDF file)
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.
► Hans & Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge Hotspot
YOUR BUCKET LIST
5 Things To Do Before You're... List
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.
► VIDEO - Corpus Christi Heart Your Park 2022 (Posted 4-7-2022)
► VIDEO - Free Guided Nature Walks and more on the Preserve (Posted 3-3-2017)
Contact Information & More
Address: 2446 N. Oso Parkway, Corpus Christi, Texas 78414
Phone: (361) 826-3335
To request presentations to community groups, contact Preserve Manager Sara Jose at (361) 826-3432 or SaraJ@cctexas.com.
(Closed on Mondays; Open Tuesday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
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, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
(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.)