Certified Interpretive Guide Training Workshop
20-23 or August 19-22, 2013
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Oxley Nature Center
The Mary K. Oxley Nature Center Association, in
partnership with the National Association for Interpretation, is
offering a professional certification course for individuals who
deliver interpretive programs or have public contact at
The CIG Program
The Certified Interpretive Guide program is
designed for anyone who delivers interpretive programs to the
public. In four intense days we learn both the “why” as we focus
on the theoretical foundations of the profession, and the “how”
as we hone our practical skills in delivering quality
interpretive programming to visitors.
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4th of July North American Butterfly Count
Join us at Oxley on Tuesday, July
2nd to spot,
count, tally and identify butterflies. Information gathered is
used to supplement the North American Butterfly Association (NABA)
4th of July Butterfly Count held annually in June and July.
Citizen scientists participate in local counts, increase their
own knowledge, raise public awareness and contribute valuable
data about butterfly populations.
We will meet at 8:30 a.m. and count until dusk,
weather permitting. You are welcome to participate in all or
part of the count. Please bring a lunch, water, hat and
binoculars if you have them. Meet at the front desk at Oxley
Nature Center. No experience is necessary. You’ll work in teams
with experienced naturalists counting in different areas.
Please call and register by June 27th so teams can
be assembled and The Friends of Oxley will pay your $3 count fee.
Click here for
results of the Spring 2013 Count
for the Nature Center’s Nature Store
Magic T-shirts!! Magic T-Shirts® are black and white indoors and
burst into color in the sun. They return to black and white
without the sun.
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New Book Titles and
6th Annual Autumn Butterfly
You Can Be a Citizen Scientist!
Join us at
Oxley on Friday, September 30h to spot, count, tally and identify
butterflies. Information gathered is used to supplement the
North American Butterfly Association (NABA) Summer Butterfly
Count held annually in June and July. Citizen scientists
participate in local counts, increase their own knowledge, raise
public awareness and contribute valuable data about butterfly
We will meet at 8:30
a.m. and count until dusk, weather permitting. You are welcome to participate in all
or part of the count. Bring a lunch, water, hat and binoculars
if you have them. Meet at Oxley Nature
No experience is
necessary. You’ will work in teams with experienced naturalists
counting in different teams in different areas.
Please call and
register in advance so teams can be assembled! The $3 fee will
be waived if you register by September 26.
Count Results from 2010
How the City
of Tulsa’s budget cuts still
affect Oxley Nature Center
Want more open
days? (Yes, Oxley Nature Center closes on every City holiday
now.) Want to bring all your 5th graders on a single
fieldtrip? (Yes, we’ve had to scale back to smaller group sizes
on guided fieldtrips.) Do you miss the Nature Center’s astronomy
programs? Let your City councilor know. Every time unexpected
sales tax revenues are reported, the Mayor’s staff assigns those
funds to where the citizens have indicated they want their tax
Center has always operated with a very small full-time staff
directing and expediting the efforts of the seasonal and
volunteer staff. The Nature Center last divided the work among 4
people in the 1980s, and Redbud Valley Nature Preserve was not a
part of that former schedule. In some ways, we have had to scale
operations back to 1980s levels. In other ways, the new fiscal
reality is sinking in, that sales tax revenues alone are not
going to be able to fund what they used to.
We have gone back
to smaller school groups coming on guided tours. Oxley Nature
Center’s school programs are no longer free of charge.
Fortunately, a generous private donor provides some funding to
help defray bus expenses for fieldtrips to Oxley Nature Center;
we do request that teachers ask their parent-teacher
There are fewer
weekend programs being offered, and the monthly astronomy
programs are still on hold. In order to be good stewards of our
resources we ask that a minimum number of participants
pre-register 48 hours in advance for programs requiring supplies
or a great deal of preparation time. The staff has to consider
each request for a program carefully now, and has to say no more
often than we like.
On the positive
side, neither Oxley Nature Center nor Redbud Valley Nature
Preserve has had to reduce any of the hours or days that it is
open, other than the mandatory furlough days for a few years. We
only had to cancel a few previous commitments and bookings. We
have continued to offer several new programs and host new
special events as well as some of the old favorites. Although
workshop fees reflect the rising costs of materials, the basic
program fee remains very low, and there are still 4 free
programs available every month. Oxley Nature Center’s excellent
seasonal and volunteer staff has continued to step forward to
fill in when and where they can.
What else can you
do to help? Oxley Nature Center’s volunteer staff is always
looking for another good recruit; even just a few hours each
month can be a big help. Check out the “volunteers” link to find
out what you might be able to do. Become a Member of The Friends
of Oxley Nature Center. It’s one of the best bargains in town!
Not only do Members get discounts, the Oxley Nature Center
Association fills in many little gaps in the Nature Center’s
budget. The Friends group works on big projects too, like
raising money for new exhibits and the recent remodeling of the
We appreciate your
understanding and patience. We are especially grateful for your