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Sep 12

Mary K. Oxley Nature Center – Tulsa

Marshy AreaMary K. Oxley Nature Center was a last minute decision for us while we were in Tulsa.  Karen and I knew we wanted to see the Tulsa Zoo, and knew we had to go to Mohawk Park to see it, but we were not familiar with the Mary K. Oxley Nature Center.  I am glad that we got to know the place for what little time we were able to spend there.
DragonflyAfter visiting the zoo M was getting a little tired and very hungry so Karen and I decided to head over to the Mary K. Oxley Nature Center, and she would try to nurse M or see if she would take a nap.  While she was taking care of M Karen let me go for a hike since there is not a whole lot I could do in the nursing department so I checked out some of the trails.  I did not want to be away from them for very long or have Karen feel like I was abandoning her so I said I would be back in about a half an hour.
Tulsa Nature CenterMy first stop was to the Oxley-Yetter Interpretive Building which looked brand new but was opened in 1981.  The building had a few hands-on activities, information about the park, and a few posters and displays about the nature that can be found in the northeastern part of Oklahoma.  I was interested in finding a map of the trails that were there and the helpful staff told me where they were at, and I was on my way.
Interpretive BuildingSince I had roughly 20 some minutes left before I figured I needed to be heading back to see how Karen and our baby were doing I looked at the map and tried to find what I thought would be the most interesting trail.  Unfortunately that was easier said than done because the Mary K. Oxley Nature Center has close to 9 miles of trails.  The trail system at this nature center has many individual loop trails and few that interconnect.  I decided to take part of the Red Fox trail which starts at the interpretive building and then connect with a few other trails to get to a marshy area and Lake Sherry which is a much bigger lake then I anticipated.
Trail SignsThe trails were all clearly marked and well maintained, and I wish I could have spent some more time on them and hopefully Karen and I will go back someday because I feel like the area is worth exploring.  Unfortunately I did not see much wildlife other than a few birds and a small lizard, but that was to be expected since I was on the trails right around lunch time which is not a prime wildlife viewing time.  I would recommend this park for those that live in the Tulsa area or those who are visiting and like to walk in nature, but I would not make a special trip there just to see it.  I highly recommend coupling it with a trip to Tulsa Zoo like we did which definitely helps make the two dollar entrance fee to Mohawk Park worth it.
Mark K. Oxley Nature CenterMary K. Oxley Nature Center
Located at 5701 East 36th Street North in Mohawk Park
Hours of Operation – Gates Open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the Interpretive Building is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 Monday through Saturday and Noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays.
Cost as of this posting – $2 to enter Mohawk Park from April 1st to October 31st.
For more information visit their website at http://www.oxleynaturecenter.org/
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