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Come and be amazed!

The Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center serves to enhance community understanding for the need to preserve the natural resources of coastal ecosystems for future generations through access and education.

This 162-acre nature preserve is filled with the wonders of our natural world. We invite everyone to explore the two miles of nature viewing trails and walk away with a new-found experience and understanding. The Learning Center is open for visitors. Come and learn about the importance of protecting the wetlands for future generations to enjoy. As a student of nature, you will find the preserve's "live classroom" truly fascinating.

The preserve is owned and operated by the City of Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department.

We invite you to venture into the wild.


Congratulations to Sara Jose!

Recipient of the 2017 Professional Coastal Steward Award

(Corpus Christi, TX - November 15, 2017) Sara is the Preserve Manager at the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center who has done a great job over the past several years as a community youth educator. She lead the Nature Challenge program, which combines enjoying regional special places with family activities, persevering after Hurricane Harvey threatened to end the program by continuous communication and outreach. Read the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation news release for more details.



  • Guided Nature Walks -  February 2018 Flyer
  • Book Club - Fourth Tuesday of the Month, Flyer
  • Scout-It-Out - Ongoing Program, Flyer
  • Family Science Explorations - 2-hour Programs, October 2017–March 2018, Flyer
  • Growing Up WILD - Monday Morning & Afternoon Programs, January–May 2018, Flyer
  • Yoga Adult Series, February 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2018, Flyer
  • Wetlands Workshop - iNaturalist, Use Your Smartphone to Document Wildlife on the Preserve, February 10, Flyer
  • Eco-Expert - The Incredible Chemistry of Plants, February 15, Flyer
  • Wetlands Workshops - Birding By Ear, February 16 & 17, Flyer
  • Great Backyard Bird Count at the Preserve - 21st Annual, February 17–18, Flyer
  • Nature & Crafts - Sprout House, March 3, Flyer
  • Spring Break 2018 - Activity Workshops, March 12–16, Flyer
  • Girl Scout Badge Events - Spring Break March 12–16, Flyer



VIDEO - Free Guided Nature Walks and more on the Preserve

VIDEO - Free Parks & Recreation's All-Terrain Wheelchair Accommodation



We welcome all visitors to contribute to the inventory of wildlife observed at the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve on our iNaturalist page.



To book a field trip, please fill out the Field Trip Request Form and email the completed form to Education Coordinator Caleb Harris at at least three weeks prior to your trip. You will receive a confirmation email and invoice for your trip within 48 hours.



Book your child's birthday party with us! Come celebrate the special day as you and your party guests discover the preserve and have fun. Pick from our three options: Nature Scavenger Hunt; Insect Nature Walk; or Nature & Crafts.

Birthday Parties Flyer

Birthday Party Request Form  

Contact Information & More

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Address: 2446 N. Oso Parkway, Corpus Christi, Texas 78414

Phone: (361) 826-3335

► Preserve Map (PDF file)

To request presentations to community groups, contact Preserve Manager Sara Jose at (361) 826-3432 or




Learning Center is open Monday – Saturday, 8am – 5pm

Walking Trails & Playground are open daily, dawn to dusk.

Trading Post is open during learning center hours listed above. Trading Post Fact Sheet.

Parking Lot is open Monday – Saturday, 7:30am – 7pm; and closed Sunday

(Trails can be accessed using the walk-in entrances along N. Oso Parkway and from the Holly hike and bike. After hours parking is available along N. Oso Parkway or at the Holly hike and bike lot at Holly Road and Paul Jones Avenue.)