WETLANDS CLOSURE UPDATE: Hidden Lake and Redbud trails are closed. All other Wetland trails are now open.
Click here to see current trail closures.
WETLANDS CLOSURE UPDATE: Hidden Lake and Redbud trails are closed. All other Wetland trails are now open.
Click here to see current trail closures.

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Ten Native Blooms in June

June 10, 2022 4:26 pm Published by Comments Off on Ten Native Blooms in June

article and photos by Drew Granville, Volunteer Botanist at Fontenelle Forest Wildflower diversity sees a subtle change in the early summer depending on the type of habitat. In the far east of Nebraska, June marks a slowdown in the number of new species blooming in wetlands and woodlands, but a...


Wild Native Plants of Fontenelle Forest and Neale Woods in May

May 24, 2022 10:37 am Published by Comments Off on Wild Native Plants of Fontenelle Forest and Neale Woods in May

article and photos by Drew Granville, Volunteer Botanist at Fontenelle Forest Fontenelle Forest and Neale Woods both have vast regions of rich habitats ranging from oak uplands, prairies and floodplains. Different wildflowers emerge and bloom throughout the spring, summer and fall. Restoration efforts have increased the species diversity and richness....


Maintaining Fontenelle Forest’s Trails

March 23, 2022 3:13 pm Published by Comments Off on Maintaining Fontenelle Forest’s Trails

by Reece Myers, Chief Ranger of Neale Woods Our trails are here for members and guests to enjoy, but often people do not realize how much work goes into maintaining them for public use. Trail maintenance is something that is often not given much thought unless one understands the theory...


Exploring Tech through Nature: Do Space at Fontenelle Forest

February 22, 2022 12:26 pm Published by Comments Off on Exploring Tech through Nature: Do Space at Fontenelle Forest

This year, the Forest embarked on a new and exciting partnership with Do Space in an effort to inspire kids to love both tech and nature.Similar to Fontenelle Forest, a large part of Do Space’s mission is to provide equitable access to STEM programming for children in the local community. For...


Best of Omaha 2022

November 16, 2021 1:37 pm Published by Comments Off on Best of Omaha 2022

We are very excited to announce that Fontenelle Forest was voted Best of Omaha – Children’s Attraction for the fourth year in a row! There are only three winners in this category out of the entire Omaha metro and we are humbled to be in the company of the Henry...


Creightonian: “Fontenelle Forest acts as nature haven amid urban area”

November 5, 2021 11:24 am Published by Comments Off on Creightonian: “Fontenelle Forest acts as nature haven amid urban area”

Research shows that spending time in nature is proven to reduce stress. With 2,100 acres of land and over 24 miles of trails, Fontenelle Forest offers a unique natural resource in what is predominantly an urban area, an escape just 10 minutes away from downtown Omaha. Our goal is to...


2021 Nebraska Tourism Industry Awards

October 26, 2021 12:48 pm Published by Comments Off on 2021 Nebraska Tourism Industry Awards

Fontenelle Forest Presented Outstanding Ecotourism Entity Award We’re honored to be the recipient of the Outstanding Ecotourism Entity Award at this year’s annual Nebraska Tourism Industry Awards. This award is given to exceptional organizations that include bird and wildlife watching facilities, nonprofit groups, and nature tourism related businesses that have...


Fontenelle Forest voted Best of Bellevue 2021

October 20, 2021 5:04 pm Published by Comments Off on Fontenelle Forest voted Best of Bellevue 2021

At Fontenelle Forest, our mission-centric work in conservation, education, research, and recreation is focused around the goal of creating a sustainable future with the community at the center. So naturally, it means a lot to us when we receive extraordinary community recognition and support. We are proud to say that...


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Fontenelle Forest Ranked in Top 10 Nebraska Attractions in a Pandemic Year

October 5, 2021 10:54 am Published by Comments Off on Fontenelle Forest Ranked in Top 10 Nebraska Attractions in a Pandemic Year

Fontenelle Forest Ranked 7th in Top 10 Nebraska Attractions in a Pandemic Year The Lincoln Journal Star included Fontenelle Forest in their list of the “Top 10 Nebraska Attractions in a Pandemic Year” based on the number of visitors each attraction reported during 2020. We’re happy to have provided an...


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Whoooo Am I? Help name Fontenelle Forest’s new Barn Owl

August 26, 2021 9:57 am Published by Comments Off on Whoooo Am I? Help name Fontenelle Forest’s new Barn Owl

We have a new baby owlet joining the Forest team and he needs a name! Click here to make a donation in support of his care and cast your vote to name Fontenelle Forest’s newest Raptor Education Ambassador! Your support today will help pay for the care of this barn...


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