Come See Midland's Treasure!

2201 S. Midland Dr.
Midland, TX 79701

Hours of Operation

October - February: 8:00am - 6:00pm
March - September: 8:00am - 8:00pm

Admission: FREE

Rules & Regulations:

No Dogs (other than service dogs)
No Smoking
No Biking
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  • East of Midland
    Traveling West on I-20 you will take Exit (Midkiff) and merge onto the north service road. Go over Midkiff and stay on the service road for 2 miles. Take a right onto South Midland Drive and the preserve gate is the second road to the right.

  • West of Midland
    Heading East on I-20 take Exit (Loop 250). At the stop sign take a left and go over I-20 and take a right onto the North service road. Go approx 2 miles and take a left onto South Midland Drive and the preserve gate is the second road to the right.


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 - Past President/Founder
Alison Peeler - President
Sarah Lauritzen - Vice-President
Joey Hopkins - Treasurer
Anne Hover - Secretary
Bill Lupardus
Joe Whitehead
Marc Majors
Paul Acosta
Pauline Henry
Susan Nichols

Executive Director:

Michael Price

Education Specialist / Curriculum Development:

Emmy Ulmschneider


(updated August 2014)

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.

In 2006, Paul Davis, Jr. and Elaine Magruder funded a master plan developed by The Rivers Studio, LLC in Austin, Texas. Focus groups were created to develop the master plan by studying, for example: the economic impact and direction for science education and place for recreation. The master plan was approved by the City of Midland in April of 2007 and was divided into three phases: