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Welcome! This site is provided by the Friends of Oxley Nature Center to share information about the Center, which is  operated by the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Support the Friends of Oxley! 

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The Oxley Interpretive Building is open Mon-Sat 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. & Sun 12 noon - 4:30 p.m.

Gate and parking lot is open daily 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. except most City holidays.

Hiking trails are accessible during Mohawk Park hours, 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

There is a $2 fee per car entering Mohawk Park on weekends Apr-Oct unless you are a member of Oxley Nature Center or the Zoo.

Redbud Valley Nature Preserve: Closed every Mon & Tue; Open Wed-Sun 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Hiking after these hours is not allowed. Redbud Interpretive building is open Wed-Sun 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Oxley & Redbud are closed most City holidays. 



Support The Friends of Oxley while shopping!

If you Shop at Amazon to support Oxley Amazon please click here and the Friends of Oxley will receive a portion of your purchase. This applies to ANY product offered through Amazon, not just books!

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Join the Friends of Oxley

Mar/Apr 2017 Newsletter
Past Newsletters

Tulsa Parks Official Oxley Page

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11th Annual Early Spring Butterfly Count

Calling all citizen scientists!

Join us on Saturday, April 15 for a spring day in the great outdoors in pursuit of butterflies. Information gathered on the spring count is used to supplement the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) Summer Butterfly Count held annually in July.

No experience is necessary. You will be placed in a group with an experienced guide to spot, count, tally, and/or identify butterflies in a specific count area.

We will be meeting from 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. and you are welcome to participate in all or part of the count. Bring a lunch, water and binoculars if you have them. Meet at Oxley Nature Center.

You must call and register in advance so groups can be assembled! You may join the count at 8:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. as we will be out in the field the rest of the time.

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Volunteer Training

Do you enjoy being outdoors sharing the experience of nature with others? We are offering Volunteer Naturalist training beginning March 2nd. We are looking for weekend, evening, and weekday volunteer staff. Training sessions will take place throughout March. You will become familiar with our trail system as you explore the varied prairie, wetland, and forested areas. We emphasize leadership skills and interpretation on methods.

Upon completion on of training, you will join other naturalists, each guiding a small group of school children on weekday, evening or weekend tours. If you are 18 or older, please call for more details about the training schedules.

No previous experience is necessary.

Weekday sessions: March 2nd-30th, two days a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 9:00 a.m.-12 noon.

Evening and weekend sessions: Schedules are more varied, but will begin Thursday evening, March 2, from 6-7:30 p.m.

Please call for more details: 918-596-9054

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Photo by Amy Morris

Oxley's Monarch Nursery

Each spring Monarchs make the miraculous journey north from Mexico. Many migrate as far north as Canada. Oklahoma is very special, as some Monarchs make this state their summer home. Monarch eggs, caterpillars in different instars, and chrysalises will be on display in Oxley’s Monarch Nursery. Viewing will be available throughout all of July during normal business hours. Watch for butterflies in our pollinator gardens! Bring a journal to record you observations.

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Crowds, TV Stations, and Monarch Butterflies Swarm
Oxley Nature Center

40 Monarchs that were raised from eggs found locally were released on July 29 to promote the Monarch Initiative of Tulsa, creating habitat for Monarchs in the Tulsa area. Over 125 people attended the release, as well as three TV stations!

Visit the Oxley Facebook page for more photos from the event.

Here is a link to the video from channel 6.

The Monarch Initiative of Tulsa aims to increase the number of Monarch butterflies, whose population has nose-dived in the past 20 years. It is easy to do: plant milkweed and nectar plants, provide water and quit using pesticides and herbicides. Monarchs pass through Oklahoma every spring on their way north from roosting grounds in Mexico and every fall when they return from the northern U.S. Go to monarchwatch.org to learn how to create a certified Monarch Waystation. Your site could be on an International Registry! Initiative members include the Oxley Nature Center, Riverfield Country Day School, Tulsa Botanic Garden, Tulsa Garden Center, Tulsa Audubon Society, Oklahoma Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, Tulsa Urban Wilderness Coalition and Tulsa Zoo.

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New Trail Maps


Click Here for newly updated trail maps for Oxley, including the North Woods and trail descriptions.



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Variegated Fritillary by Jim Thayer

Butterflies of Mohawk Park

Click here for information on the Butterflies of Mohawk Park, including a checklist compiled by Jim Thayer, and the latest butterfly count results. 

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Attention Teachers!

Click here for information on school programs.

Oxley Nature Center just a few tour dates left for this spring, so call now to reserve a spot. Here is your chance to book an award-winning tour for your class. You may choose among several topics. The Riddle of the Woods is written for upper elementary students, and presents the lesson of energy flow from sun to producers to consumers to decomposers in the form of a mystery to be solved. A Pathfinder tour offers younger students the chance to earn a badge as they hone their observation skills. A General Discovery tour can be designed for any age, and may incorporate any natural history topic you wish to introduce or emphasize.

Call soon for available tour dates: 918-596-9054. You may talk with a staff naturalist between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or leave a voice mail message outside regular office hours. School tours are now $2 for each participant, and the Pathfinder badges cost $.70 cents each plus tax, about $.75 apiece. There is a possibility of financial assistance for bus expenses from a generous private donor; please ask your school’s parent-teacher organization first.

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Damselflies & Dragonflies of Oxley
Bill Carrell has compiled a checklist of the all damselflies and dragonflies observed at Oxley Nature Center.

And now, with the cooperation of the web site OdonataCentral, photos of all the species have been added to the checklist, along with links to species accounts.

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First known record of a Striped Saddlebags, Tramea calverti, in Oklahoma spotted at Oxley!
Click here for details.

Checklist of Damselflies & Dragonflies of Oxley Nature Center, compiled by Bill Carrell

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Damselflies & Dragonflies of Oxley
Bill Carrell has compiled a checklist of the all damselflies and dragonflies observed at Oxley Nature Center. The checklist is hosted at the TNC web site, and can be viewed by clicking here.

Newsletter Now Available in PDF Format
The Oxley Newsletter is now available in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Format.
Click here for the current and past issues.
If you would like to receive the newsletter via email instead of a hardcopy in the mail, please send you name and email address to John Kennington

The History of Redbud Valley
Amy Morris, going through the archives of  has assembled a wonderful history o the foundation of Redbud Valley. The article can be found here.

Have You Found an Injured or Orphaned Bird>
Click here for information from about what to do

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Volunteers are a vital part of our Nature Center. Our volunteer page describes the  many way you can contribute. If you know you're ready to help, you can go right to the volunteer application. Thank You!

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What Is An Easy Way To Support The Friends of Oxley?

By shopping at Amazon! If you enter Amazon through the links on our site, then The Friends of Oxley will receive a portion of your purchase. You still receive the normal excellent Amazon prices, and this applies to any product offered through Amazon, not just bird and nature books! So consider doing all your Amazon shopping through here to support Oxley Nature Center. Our original On-Line Nature Store is still available, and has a better selection of some items (such as bird feeders). 
And you can always come out to Oxley and shop the old-fashioned way!

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Deer Track  by Donna Horton

Information on School Fieldtrips

Contact Information

Postal address

P.O. Box 35812, Tulsa, OK 74153-0812

Electronic mail

General Information: Oxley@cityoftulsa.org

Webmaster: John Kennington