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Friends of Oxley Exhibits Project

Mary K. Oxley Nature Center Association, Inc
Summary of Exhibits Project

It is an exciting time for our Nature Center!  Work on the interior remodel will begin soon, and thanks to help from the Oxley Foundation, the classroom expansion will still be part of the project.

We are raising funds for the new exhibits that will be installed in the Interpretive Building as the remodeling work nears completion.  We hope you will participate by making a contribution.  The Oxley Foundation will match all donations for the project, so whatever you can give will be doubled through their challenge grant.

Please review the following description of the exhibits, and know that any amount you can give will be greatly appreciated and will help make the exhibits become a reality.

Click Here for a more detailed presentation on the exhibits
(high speed Internet connection recommended)

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Donations may be mailed to:

The Friends of Oxley Nature Center
P. O. Box 35812
Tulsa, OK 74153

Or click below to make an on-line donation

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It has been over twenty-five years since the Interpretive Building opened, and many of the exhibits on display now were part of the original ones.  Several years ago, young parents who were bringing their children to visit the Center were heard to say that the exhibits were the same as when they visited as 4th and 5th graders back in the 1980’s.

We decided it was past time to update and upgrade all the exhibits.  Over the past two years, we have been working with Taylor Studios, located in Rantoul, Illinois on the design of the new exhibits.

The theme is “Shared Spaces & New Found Places” and is designed to awaken our visitors’ sense of awareness to the miracles of Nature that are all around us.  It will put special focus on the three main habitats found within the 800+ acres of the Center: woodlands, wetlands and prairie.  These will be depicted in a floor to ceiling interactive mural that will be nearly 35 feet long. 

In addition, there will be a “woodpecker tree” with sound domes that will project the calls of our native woodpecker species and other creatures.  It will contain a nest cavity that can be opened to see what the interior looks like. 

 

A second exhibit room will contain information and graphics  on the ecoregions of Oklahoma with facts about the birds, plants and animals found in each.  This room will also contain information on our local natural places, a discovery table with moveable drawer units, and a looking and listening area where visitors can see and hear the wildlife activity around the feeders and water feature outside the large windows.

The exhibits will also include an area which will inform visitors on how to make their own yards and other properties into wildlife friendly habitats.  An indoor beehive will be close by so visitors can see at close hand the industrious activity of honey bees. 

There will also be a set of rolling carts (one each for woodlands, wetlands and prairie) that will be mobile dioramas with discovery drawers for young visitors to explore. And our old tree cookie will also be updated!

              

Finally, there will be an area that will be a tribute to Bob Jennings, the original Naturalist/Director, who provided great vision and leadership as the head of the Nature Center for twenty-five years.  He retired in September, 2002, and passed away in September, 2004, after a battle with cancer.  Under his talented guidance, Oxley Nature Center grew from a dream on paper to an acclaimed facility with an award winning staff.
To make these new exhibits a reality, we are raising $350,000 for their construction and installation.  We hope that you will help make this effort a success.

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Donations may be mailed to

The Friends of Oxley Nature Center
P. O. Box 35812
Tulsa, OK 74153

Or Click below to make an on-line donation

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Click Here for a more detailed presentation on the exhibits
(high speed Internet connection recommended)

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For general information send e-mail to Oxley@ci.tulsa.ok.us or call (918) 669-6644.  
Send e mail to John Kennington with questions or comments about this web site.
Copyright © 2006 Mary K. Oxley Nature Center Association, Inc.
Last modified: July 25, 2010

 

 

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