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Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center

  • Walking trails and playground OPEN daily, dawn to dusk.
  • Learning Center: CLOSED

CDC Recommendations When Visiting Parks & Recreation Facilities (Revised 7-30-2020)


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.


APRIL 30–MAY 3, 2021

We invite Coastal Bend residents to venture outside, connect with nature and participate in the 2021 City Nature Challenge. This four-day competition is part of a statewide network of city nature challenges that individuals, couples and families can join. All that is required is your smart phone and a sense of curiosity. Simply snap a photo of wildlife in your backyard, at local parks, green spaces, nature preserves or wildlife refuges using the iNaturalist app. Every photograph submitted adds to the project’s biodiversity count. For this challenge, photographs of captive or domestic organisms are strongly discouraged; only photographs of wildlife should be submitted. The Texas city or county with the greatest number of research grade identifications is declared the 2021 champ for the state. For more information, contact the local challenge coordinator Miranda Lopez at (361) 826-3947 or .

► View the City Nature Challenge Flyer (2-sided).

Read the News Release for more details

TIP: What qualifies as an observation for this challenge? Any living thing, like an animal, plant or fungus.

Helpful How-To Videos:

  • How to Make an Observation on iNaturalist using our Mobile App - VIDEO
  • How to Take Better Photos for iNaturalist - VIDEO

JOIN THE CHALLENGE TODAY! To learn more or to join the challenge, go to Texas City Nature Challenge 2021 Cities · iNaturalist, then click on City Nature Challenge 2021: Corpus Christi Area.



SUMMER 2021 NATURE CAMPS: O.S.O. Guardians - Flyer
         For ages 5-7: June 14–18; June 28–July 2; and July 26–30 
         For ages 8-10: June 21–25; July 19–23; and August 2–6
         4-16-21 UPDATE: ALL 6 CAMPS ARE FULL! Registration is closed.

Please check back periodically for information about our next book to be featured. 



To book a field trip, please fill out the Field Trip Request Form and email the completed form to Education Coordinator Miranda Lopez at 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. 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.)



  • Habitat Improvements
  • Heart Your Park
  • Pollinator Playscape

Learn about these programs and events. 



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



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 - 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




Learning Center is open Monday – Saturday, 8am – 5pm (temporary closure until further notice)

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.)