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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.

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.

Ticket Information

Trails, Grounds, Outdoor Exhibits
Wednesday to Saturday | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday to Tuesday| CLOSED

The Center Reserved Timed Ticket Required
Wednesday to Saturday | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday to Tuesday| CLOSED

Free timed tickets or public program tickets must be reserved in advanced. Time slots may vary based on availability.

  • 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.

Oxbow Meadows sanitation and safety protocols are aligned with those of Columbus State University and the University System of Georgia.

  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!

Oxbow Exclusives

Oxbow Homeschool Let's Get Wild with Wildlife!

Spring Homeschool

Join Oxbow for some exciting in person homeschooling programs this spring!

Adopt a Critter

Adopt a Critter

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!

a blue hummingbird

Audubon Art Exhibition

The Columbus Chapter of the National Audubon Society and Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center are proud to present our 2021 Art Exhibition for K-12th!

Animal Art at Oxbow Meadows

Animal Art

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.

Wildlife Rehabilitator List (PDF)

Virtual Tours