Fall 2020, Admissions Update due to Covid-19

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.

  • 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

Timed Tickets

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

For Fall 2020, Oxbow Meadows, under the guidance of Columbus State University and the University System of Georgia will be be limiting the number of guest allowed into the building.

Free timed tickets must be reserved in advanced.

  • 10:00 to 11:30am
  • 12:30 to 2:00pm

All guests are required to wear masks while inside the building, with the exception of children under the age of 2 years.

What can I do to promote a healthy environment at Oxbow Meadows?

We at Oxbow are doing all we can to promote a safe and healthy environment for our animals, visitors and staff. We ask that all visitor follow all guidelines put in place for your safety and others. Throughout your visit at Oxbow Meadows, please be mindful of current CDC guidelines and public health recommendations.

  • If you or a member of your party are feeling unwell, please visit us another time.
  • All guests are required to wear masks while inside the building, with the exception of children under the age of 2 years.
  • Wash your hands often, using soap and water, for a minimum of 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, the CDC recommends a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Help us promote social distancing by remaining at least six feet away from others who are not part of your party.
  • If you must cough or sneeze, please do so into your elbow, not into your hand or into the air.
  • Government health organizations currently recommend that persons ages 65 and older, persons who reside in senior care facilities or long-term care facilities, or persons with underlying medical conditions stay home or maintain distance from others.


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.

Trails, Grounds, Outdoor
Monday to Friday | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday | CLOSED

The Center Timed Ticket Required
Friday | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday to Thursday | 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:

Follow all local guidelines for social distancing and face coverings.

  • 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 properties; no smoking allowed

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

Map and Location:

Oxbow Meadows Location

What to do if you find injured wildlife?

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.

Wildlife Rehabilitator List (PDF)