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The Oxley-Yetter Interpretive Building 



Entrance ramp from parking lot


Main entrance

Deck overlooking pond

Observation area

The Oxley-Yetter Interpretive Building opened in 1981, and is named after the parents of John T. and Mary K. Oxley.

The Interpretive Building houses hands-on exhibits, a classroom, a small library and wildlife viewing area, restrooms and drinking fountain, a small gift shop, staff offices and other work areas. First-time visitors may want to stop by the Interpretive Building first to pick up a map of the trails and chat with the staff about current trail conditions. Exhibits include displays and explanations of what might be encountered at the Nature Center, and offer visitors a chance to find out more about the rich diversity of Tulsa's natural and cultural history. You might want to allow yourself 15 to 30 minutes to study an exhibit or two, either before or after your hike.

There are no vending machines or food sales at the Nature Center, so be sure to bring with you any supplies you might need during your visit.




Interactive exhibits
 


Observation Tower

During the summer of 2001 the Friends of Oxley constructed a new observation tower overlooking Blackbird Marsh and Lake Sherry.

 


 

Teaching Shelter

A Group Shelter used often for school groups, has been constructed near the Blue Heron Trail. It is accessible to school buses by taking the road (normally gated) past the driveway to the interpretive building.

Boardwalk

A boardwalk extends over Blackbird Marsh, allowing up close study of this wetlands area.

Nora Warren Memorial Bridge

The Bridge, crossing Coal Creek, was built by the Friends of Oxley in 1992 to allow visitors and school groups easy access to Blackbird Marsh for wetlands study.

Lake Sherry

This lake located across from Blackbird Marsh in the eastern end of Oxley Nature Center is name for Dick Sherry, who was instrumental in the founding of the Center.

Redbud Valley Nature Preserve and the Barclay Visitor's Center

Go to the Redbud Valley pages for more information on this area and the Barclay Visitor's Center.