2201 S. Midland Dr.
Midland TX

Across the street from
Midland RV Park

Hours of Operation

8am - 5pm daily
Gate is locked at 5pm

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Rules & Regulations:

Please stay on the trails
No Smoking
No Biking
No Dogs
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  • From East of Midland
    Traveling west on I-20, take Exit 134 (Midkiff) and merge onto the north service road. Go over Midkiff and stay on the service road for 1 mile. Take a right onto S. Midland Drive and the preserve is located on the second road to the right.

  • From West of Midland
    Traveling east on I-20, take Exit 131 (Loop 250). At the stop sign take a left, go over I-20, and take a right onto the north service road. Go approximately 1.5 miles and take a left onto S. Midland Drive. The Preserve is located on the second road to the right.

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About Us

Mission Statement of the I-20 Wildlife Preserve & Jenna Welch Nature Study Center:

To ensure conservation, restoration, education, research and out-door enjoyment of Midland's urban playa for present and future generations.
We are a 501 (c) 3 and your donations are tax deductible.

Board of Directors:

Elaine Magruder, founder
Sarah Lauritzen, President
Clayton Winkler, Vice President
Karen Schmidt, Treasurer
Paul Acosta
Eric Fuselier
Linda Hannifin
Joey Hopkins
Anne Hover
Grant Huckabay
Marc Majors
Rooney Mestas
Susan Nichols
Ellen Ramsey
Joe Whitehead
Sharon Yacob
Alison Peeler, ex-officio


Celebrate the 3rd Anniversary of the I-20 Wildlife Preserve, the on-going restoration of Midland's urban playa and the magic of birdwatching.


How We Got Here...

In the late 1960’s, the property which is an 87 acre urban playa lake in its natural state was donated to the City of Midland with the intention of creating a park. However, the city was never able to budget the money for the park. The Midland Naturalists and a cadre of volunteers maintained the preserve for over 20 years. One of these individuals was Jenna Welch, a birding enthusiast and a member of the Midland Naturalists.