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.
Check out all our programs at Oxbow Meadows. We hope to see you soon!
Ever tried gift wrapping an alligator? We also agree, that’s literally crazy! So why not Adopt-a-Critter instead. Learn more here!
Free program open to all for a holiday celebration!
Oxbow Meadows will be closed Saturday November 16, 2019 due to the Soldiers Marathon and on Monday November 18, 2019 for staff workday.
We will resume regular hours Tuesday the 19th.
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 local wildlife rehabbers and their animal specialty.