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Friends of Oxley
Our Mission: "To protect the natural resources placed under our stewardship, to use those resources to provide inviting leisure opportunities to the visitor, and to use those opportunities to provide the highest quality interpretive services which allow the visitor to increase their awareness, appreciation and knowledge of our natural and cultural history."

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We invite you to join the Friends of Oxley Nature Center!

We are a non-profit group whose purpose is to support the activities of Oxley Nature Center and the Redbud Valley Nature Preserve. We call ourselves the Friends of Oxley, although our legal name is the Mary K. Oxley Nature Center Association (ONCA).

By Becoming a Friend of the Nature Center you will...


Aid us in raising the funds to expand the physical plant of the nature centers as future needs become apparent,


Provide funds for special exhibits and displays at the nature centers,


Aid us in protecting the habitat and wildlife of these areas,


Support the nature center volunteers in our educational programs,


Support the nature center staff in expanding their training and expertise,

bulletProvide for the expansion of the wide variety of programs offered at the nature centers.

The benefits of being a Friend of the Nature Center include...


A subscription to the Oxley Nature Center newsletter,


No charge or reduced rate enrollment in our programs and workshops,


Discounts in the nature center's gift shop, The Nature Store,


Invitations to special members-only events and programs,


Free admission year-round to Mohawk Park.

bullet... and best of all, you can have the peace of mind one has in knowing that these special pieces of the natural world are being protected and preserved for posterity. We can leave no greater legacy than that of being good stewards of our natural resources.

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The History of Oxley Nature Center

The idea for a Nature Center in Tulsa began with a concept and plan presented to the Tulsa Parks Department by Philip Nelson in 1972. The Tulsa Audubon Society became involved, working to get the idea off the ground. Our non-profit organization was established in early 1975 by those involved in the project and was named Mohawk Nature Center Development, Inc., (MNCDI.) We raised the funds for the Master Plan that was created by the National Audubon Society. Once that plan was approved by the Park Board and City Commission, MNCDI raised the initial funds for the shelter, trail system and other improvements.

In 1979, through a challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation and another major gift from John and Mary Oxley, funding was provided for the construction of the Oxley-Yetter Interpretive Building. MNCDI contracted for all the construction work, and then turned the completed facilities over to the City of Tulsa as each was finished. Once the physical improvements were in place, the role of the organization changed from that of fund raising and construction to being a membership/support organization for the Nature Center, and the name was officially changed to the Mary K. Oxley Nature Center Association, Inc. We provide advice and expertise as well as financial support to continue growth and development of Oklahoma's finest Nature Center.

It is important to know that this special place was the result of citizen action and involvement with the City government to push for, fund and build a worthwhile facility that the City would not have done on its own.

Please click here for a more detailed history of Oxley Nature Center.