About Us

FOX Facts

  • Friends was chartered as a 501(c)3 organization with the IRS and state of Minnesota on Feb. 12, 1982.
  • Friends’ two major events during the year have been the Spring Festival in May and Zoo Dazzle in December. Recently, we have decided to move in another direction with our events, so stay tuned! Over the years many other events have been sponsored, often in conjunction with other local and national organizations such as Audubon Society, Minnesota DNR and Community Education, including Christmas Bird Counts, Bird-a-thons, Volksmarches, Volunteer dinners, Halloween parties and the 40th Anniversary party in 2009.
  • Over the years, Friends has raised nearly ¾ of a million dollars for Oxbow, and through its membership, has volunteered tens of thousands of hours in various capacities.

Friends Activities – Friends assists with the following

Park & Zoo Materials

  • Funding materials for zoo exhibits
  • Trail development
  • Many Zoo animal purchases
  • FOX merchandise sales
  • Audio-visual equipment & materials
  • Nature Center displays
  • Office equipment and furnishings
  • Computer equipment
  • Prairie Restoration
  • Funding the new Natural Playscape

Personnel & Volunteers

  • Funding Oxbow interns
  • Writing grants
  • Designing small exhibits and some signage
  • Advocates for issues affecting OC parks
  • Organizing events & promotions
  • Road clean-up on Co. Rd 105
  • Sponsor-an-Animal Program
  • Guest speakers
  • Park maintenance & mowing
  • Maintenance of signs & exhibits
  • Funding a winter seasonal worker