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Hours & Rules

Hours

The gates at Oxley Nature Center are open daily, except for most city holidays, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. At Oxley, you may park outside the gates from 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. to walk the trails even when the gates are closed.

The Oxley-Yetter Interpretive Building is open daily, except for city holidays, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and Noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Redbud Valley Nature Preserve:

At Redbud Valley Nature Preserve the gates are open Wednesdays though Sundays. On Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays gate and trails will be open from 8:00 a.m.-5:.00 p.m. only. Hiking after these hours is not allowed. You may not hop the fence when the Nature Preserve is closed: on Mondays, Tuesdays, city holidays, before 8:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. 

The Barclay Visitor's Center at Redbud is open from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Restrooms, picnic tables and drinking water are available in the shelter adjacent to the Barclay Visitor's center from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Admission to Oxley Nature Center and Redbud Valley is free. Specific programs may have a nominal fee (usually $2-$3) and are usually free to members of the Friends of Oxley Nature Center. There is a $2.00 Mohawk Park entrance fee on weekends from April through October, but this fee is waived for members of the  Friends of Oxley Nature Center.

Rules

Pets, bicycles and motorized equipment are prohibited on trails. This includes horses.

Firearms and fireworks are prohibited.

Plants, wildlife, and all natural features are protected. Hunting and trapping are not permitted.

Be considerate of others. Keep noise low.

Things To Do (And Not Do)...

Do... 

Hike, daydream, bird watch, visit with a naturalist, sketch, photograph butterflies, relax, study the wildflowers, forget things, look for fossils, remember things, sit, stare, listen... do all these things and more. There are a multitude of possibilities - invent some of your own.

Because of the special character of this area, and the rarity of some of its plants and animals, some activities you associate with a park are not appropriate here.

This is not the place to...

Ride your bike on the trails
Walk your dog or other pet
Play a radio or tape/CD deck
Have a picnic
Go fishing
Go hunting
Target practice with gun, bow or air rifle
Make a fire
Go swimming
Camp overnight
Use fireworks

And please do not disturb the plants, animals or other natural features here in any way.