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.
Reopening Plans Fall 2020
Due to the current public health crisis, we have altered our operations to create a safe environment for our guests and staff.
To assure social distancing and proper sanitation measures, will be engaging smaller groups of visitors, on a much more
intimate and in-depth level, with timed experiences. This new mode will allow guests to explore Oxbow Meadows more safely.
Please read all the information carefully so that you will know what to expect.
We are open, Monday-Friday to visit the OUTSIDE trails:
- Hiking trails
- Gates are open 10am-3pm
- Timed tickets are not needed to visit our grounds.
We are open Fridays, only for
- Visitor center and exhibits admission
- Timed tickets must be purchased for entry
- Morning session is from 10:00am-11:30am
- Afternoon session is from 12:30pm-2:00pm
Reserve your spot using the link below.
- Please do not visit Oxbow Meadows if you are sick, exhibiting fever, or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. Guests exhibiting these symptoms will not be permitted to enter.
- Wear a mask or proper face covering at all times.
- Maintain social distancing (6 feet of distance, no handshakes or physical contact) while inside the facility.
- Signage reminding visitors of proper precautions, including wearing face coverings and maintaining 6-foot social distancing, is posted upon entry and throughout the facility.
- A maximum number of guests or groups are permitted during each timed rotation so that proper social distancing can be maintained.
- Common surfaces and touchpoints are disinfected regularly.
- Hand sanitation stations are posted throughout Oxbow Meadows for guest use.
- Interior signage is in place on floors throughout the center as a reminder of proper social distancing protocol for patrons who are waiting in line.
- Restrooms are cleaned and disinfected regularly.
- Where auditorium seating occurs, non-cohabiting patrons must be seated at least six feet apart.
Can’t make it to Oxbow in person? Well dive on into our collection of ‘Ed’ventures curated by our education team for all ages!
Trying to gift wrap an alligator can be one dangerous job! Make life easier by becoming an Oxbow Meadows Wildlife Parent today and Adopt a Critter!
Give the gift of adventure this holiday season. Adventure Boxes contain over 8 hours of missions and activities perfect for ages 5 to 10!
Didn’t know a turtle could paint? Welcome to art class with our Oxbow animals. Looking for a unique gift or just a fun way to donate, visit our virtual gallery!
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.