Oxbow Meadows Hosts Open House; Introduces New Director

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center will host an open house with its new director, Mike Dentzau, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the center. The public is invited.

Also part of the evening, Columbus State President Tim Mescon will recognize former interim director George Stanton for his long service to the center.

Visitors will have a chance to meet Dentzau and get to explore the center, walk through the bird park, check out the canopy trail, and bid on silent auction items, and use telescopes set up by CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center. Refreshments will be served.


The open house also will have a reptile program presented by Jason Clark of Southeastern Reptile Rescue.

 “This is a great opportunity for people to meet the staff and see what all we have to offer,” said Janet Forrest-Kent, program manager at Oxbow.

Dentzau replaced interim director, George Stanton on Aug. 5. Most recently Dentzau was director of the Sea-to-See Program in Florida State University’s Department of Biological Science. There he developed and implemented programs that introduced young students to a variety of marine species with touch tanks he took to the schools as part of lessons that were aligned with grade-specific science benchmarks.

Dentzau takes over for Stanton, an emeritus professor of biology at Columbus State who served on the faculty for 44 years. He a member of the board of the River Warden and previously served as president of Trees Columbus, Georgia Conservancy Chapter, and the Columbus Audubon Society.

In 1995 and 1996, Stanton was instrumental in establishing Oxbow Meadows in partnership with the Columbus Water Works. He has served as interim director for the past 14 months.