|LOCATION: Martin Park Nature Center
Contributed by Henry Benedict
35.363295 N 97.363365 W
Description: Martin Park is a 140-acre nature park with over 3.5 miles of nature trails, ponds and a bird feeder blind. The staffed center includes a hands-on museum, browsing library, gift shop, and restroom. It is managed by the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and closed through the Christmas holidays.
Martin Park is a wildlife sanctuary so smoking, pets, fishing, hunting, bike riding, camping, fires and other activities are not allowed. Naturalist Neil Garrison is often on duty to answer any questions. The park is a big piece of country in the middle of suburban Oklahoma City and well worth the visit.
Directions: Martin Park Nature Center located just west of Mercy Hospital at 5000 West Memorial Road, on the south side of Memorial between North MacArthur Boulevard and Meridian Avenue. Traffic is one-way, eastbound at the entrance to the park. Accessing the are from the east: take Memorial Road west past Meridian and look for the left turn at the top of the hill (about .5 mile). (See map)
While visiting the park, look for deer and armadillo. Many species of birds call the park their home:
Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron