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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, 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.


Visitor Information  

Center & Gate
Hours of Operation:

Tuesday to Saturday | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday & Monday| CLOSED

Please visit our Calendar of Events to see a list of our current programs, workshops, and our holiday schedule.  

 Calendar of Events

Safety and Sanitation

Updated: 19 May 2021

Per University System of Georgia policy, vaccinated people are no longer required to wear masks on Columbus State University’s campus. Staff members are not allowed to ask guests whether or not they are vaccinated.

For the latest updates on our COVID-19 response, please visit

Covid Safety Protocols


  Field Trips

The helpful and knowledgeable staff of Oxbow Meadows will provide your students with a unique, hands-on learning experience to enhance curriculum and state standards.

  Birthday Parties

Looking for a special kind of party, one that educates and entertains? Book your party with Oxbow Meadows, and we will ensure that your child has a party they'll never forget!

Image of a snake painting


Did you know snakes can paint? Purchase your own original Animal Art painting by one of Oxbow's Animal Ambassadors!



Spring Beekeeper Course presented by the Chattahoochee Valley Beekeeping Association.

Adopt-A-Critter logo in a cardboard box


Are you ready to become a wildlife parent?
Give back by adopting a Oxbow Animal Ambassador!



Explore and engage your students at Oxbow's hands on homeschool programs! Discover our opportunities for ages 3-5 and 6-10.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring wild or injured animals to Oxbow?

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

Where can I take an injured animal?

Please use the following list to locate a local wildlife rehabber and their animal specialty.

Wildlife Rehabilitator List (PDF)

Virtual Tours