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Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center

Welcome to Oxbow Meadows

Opened in 1995 as a collaboration among Columbus State University, Columbus Water Works, and the City of Columbus, Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center provides exhibits, natural history displays, nature trails, and also offers formal and informal educational programs about the ecology and natural history of the region.

Inside the center, visitors can view a variety of snakes, both venomous and non-venomous, turtles, tortoises, fish, alligators, invertebrates, and lots more. Visitors can take a walk down our trails to catch a glimpse of native wildlife, view our wetlands and ponds, or to explore our educational and fun Discovery Trail.

Upcoming Events

Reptile Fest 2015

>>Calendar of Events

What's New

Oxbow Meadows strives to provide fun and education programs for schools, families, groups, and corporations.  Check out the links below to see what's new!

>>Summer Programs

>>Scout Programs

>>NEW Field Trips for 2015-2016 (Coming Soon!!!)

Visitor Information


Suggested $5 donation for admission

Oxbow Meadows spends over $60,000 each year on the care, feeding, and expansion of our animal collections. All donations will assist animal care and the continuation and growth of our education programs.


Hours of Operation:

Monday-Friday | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday | CLOSED

Gates will open and close the at same times. Please note that hours are subject to change, please visit our Calendar of Events to view scheduled closings.


Rules and Regulations:

  • Please keep pets leashed at all times while on our trails
  • No dogs, with the exception of service dogs, are allowed in the building
  • Fishing, hunting, and trapping are not permitted on the property
  • Please do not disturb the native plants and wildlife found on our property
  • Please do not feed any wildlife on our property
  • Picnics are allowed in the designated areas
  • No alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, and/or fireworks are permitted on the property
  • Oxbow Meadows and Columbus State University are smoke free property; no smoking allowed

Please report ALL accidents. In case of an emergency, please call 911.

Ways to give

Oxbow Meadows is fortunate to have so many individuals, families, corporations, and partners that strive to support Oxbow Meadow's mission in education and sustainability. We rely on donations and contributions to keep our door admission free and to continue developing new and exciting exhibits for all to enjoy.

What are the programs that you help support:

  • Feeding and caring for our animal collection
  • Expanding exhibits for education
  • Providing educational experiences for students
  • Development and maintenance of trails and gardens

If you would like to learn more about giving to Oxbow Meadows, here is more information on the different ways to contribute:


>>The Ethan Palmer Memorial Fund



Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring wild or injured animals to Oxbow Meadows?

Unfortunately, Oxbow Meadows is not a licensed wildlife rehabilitation center, please do not bring wildlife to Oxbow Meadows.


Where can I take an injured animal?

Please use the following list to find a local wildlife rehabbers and their animal specialty.

>>List of local Wildlife Rehabbers