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 - January 2023 - February 2023
- Scout-It-Out – Ongoing Program - Revised Flyer 2022
- Junior Master Gardener Sessions, January 11 & 25, February 8 & 22, March 8 & 22, Flyer
- Growing Up WILD - Spring 2023 (through May 15), Flyer
- Homeschool Days - Reptile Reunion, February 15 & 16, Flyer
- Kid's Painting Class with Stacy White, March 4, Flyer
► BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION - Flyer
Featuring The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy's Vanishing Explorers by Emily Levesque on Saturday, April 15, 2023. The event is FREE. Join our discussion!
GROUP FIELD TRIP INFORMATION
- 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 6 weeks in advance due to limited openings. See the flyer below for more details.
NOTEWORTHY AT THE PRESERVE
- Habitat Improvements
- Heart Your Park
- Pollinator Playscape
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 any questions, please reach out to SaraJ@cctexas.com.
► HELP MAKE IDENTIFICATIONS TODAY!
Visit City Nature Challenge 2021: Corpus Christi Area (link).
iNATURALIST WILDLIFE OBSERVATIONS ON THE PRESERVE!
YOUR BUCKET 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.
► VIDEO - Corpus Christi Heart Your Park 2022 (Posted 4-7-22)
► VIDEO - Free Guided Nature Walks and more on the Preserve (Posted 3-3-17)
Contact Information & More
Phone: (361) 826-3335
(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.)