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Martin Park Nature Center
Oklahoma
County

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From the 1986 edition of A Guide to Birding in Oklahoma published by the Tulsa Audubon Society, and partially updated in 2007.


North of Lake Hefner about 2 miles and located on the south side of Memorial Road just west of the intersection of Meridian and Memorial is the city-owned Martin Park Nature Center. This 140-acre tract is largely grasslands, drained by three generally all-weather streams. These streams are bordered by a natural growth of mature and second growth trees and brush attractive to migrating and nesting land birds and to wintering birds.

A Prairie Dog town is in the park and efforts are currently underway to establish Burrowing Owls. Great Horned, Barred, and Barn owls nest in the park. No venomous snakes live in the park. The annual rainfall is considerably less than that which falls on Tulsa; as a result Martin Park's poison ivy does not grow as prolifically and the populations of ticks, mosquitoes, and chiggers are not a problem. One of the most notable plant species in the park is the bur oak. The acorns from this tree are as large as chicken eggs.

The interpretive building houses informative exhibits maintained by the staff for teaching adults and youngsters about the local wildlife. A series of hiking trails leading through the various habitats acquaints the visitors with some of the exciting discoveries beyond our dooryards. A naturalist and an assistant naturalist are employed at the park. There is no charge for admission or for the Nature Center's programs.

Outside the nature center, 3.5 miles of hiking trails curl through woods and grasslands. One graveled trail is wheelchair accessible. Other trails are of gravel and packed soil, containing short stretches of moderate slopes and occasional steps.

Martin Park, 5000 W. Memorial Road, may be reached via I 240 north to Northwest Highway 3 and north on McArthur to Memorial. From Tulsa the turnpike ends at I 35, 1 mile south of Memorial Road. Proceed north on I 35.  The park is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and closed through the Christmas holidays.

 

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