TRAILS CLOSED DEC. 5-8: All Fontenelle Forest trails and the Raptor Woodland Refuge will be CLOSED from Mon., Dec. 5 through Thurs., Dec. 8, for our annual managed deer hunt. The Nature Center and Neale Woods will remain open.

TRAILS CLOSED DEC. 5-8: All Fontenelle Forest trails and the Raptor Woodland Refuge will be CLOSED from Mon., Dec. 5 through Thurs., Dec. 8, for our annual managed deer hunt. The Nature Center and Neale Woods will remain open.

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Tips for safe hiking during prescribed burn season at Fontenelle Forest

October 31, 2022 2:00 pm Published by Comments Off on Tips for safe hiking during prescribed burn season at Fontenelle Forest

article by Matt Miller, Manager of Conservation The fall prescribed fire season is coming soon! Fall burn season typically runs from November to early December. Actual burn dates can fluctuate depending on many factors including weather, wind and leaf conditions. For these reasons it’s impossible to predict exactly what day...


Acorn Acres to Close for Experience Improvement Renovations

September 15, 2022 10:20 am Published by Comments Off on Acorn Acres to Close for Experience Improvement Renovations

  Starting Monday, September 19, Acorn Acres will close for several months while undergoing a major experience improvement upgrade. Click the image or stop by the Nature Center to check out renderings of the reimagined nature-based playscape. The vision for the renovated Acorn Acres is to create an inclusive play...


Nine Native Blooms & Fruits in September

September 12, 2022 2:34 pm Published by Comments Off on Nine Native Blooms & Fruits in September

article and photos by Drew Granville, Volunteer Botanist at Fontenelle Forest September marks the peak of late summer flora diversity in Eastern Nebraska. A large spike in new blooms from just a few types of plants arrives before the onset of cold weather. Many plants that bloomed earlier in the...


Blue Herbicide on Tree of Heaven

Treating Invasive Species One Tree at a Time

August 19, 2022 3:27 pm Published by Comments Off on Treating Invasive Species One Tree at a Time

article by Kayla Johnson, Biologist at Fontenelle Forest Notice some blue dye on trees? This is evidence of our land management team at work! Throughout Fontenelle Forest property the invasive tree species, Ailanthus altissima, (aka Tree of Heaven) threatens the success of our native plants and animals. This invasive tree...


Nine Native Blooms in August

August 11, 2022 3:54 pm Published by Comments Off on Nine Native Blooms in August

article and photos by Drew Granville, Volunteer Botanist at Fontenelle Forest In August new plants continue to bloom, replacing species from the earlier summer months. Few new wildflowers and plants will bloom in oak woodlands across eastern Nebraska, however you can see even more flora diversity in prairies and wetlands...


August 2022 Nature Center Closure

August 10, 2022 10:42 am Published by Comments Off on August 2022 Nature Center Closure

When: Monday, August 15 through Monday, August 22 What: The Fontenelle Forest Nature Center will be closed for 12 days in August for major concrete replacements. The Nature Center, Nature Center parking lot, all access to trails from the Nature Center & Main Member Gate entrance will be closed to...


Fontenelle Forest Alternate Trail Access

August 10, 2022 9:21 am Published by Comments Off on Fontenelle Forest Alternate Trail Access

During our Nature Center closure (August 15-22, 2022), we want to highlight other ways visitors and members can access Fontenelle Forest’s trails! Check out these trailheads you can access from sunrise to sunset daily. Daily admission for each of these locations can be paid online (via the links below), via...


Keep wildlife wild

August 8, 2022 11:08 am Published by Comments Off on Keep wildlife wild

Michelle Foss, Director of Resource Stewardship During Fontenelle Forest’s 100-plus years in existence, the wildlife which resides in and around the Forest has interacted with humans and our infrastructure in various ways. Some animals adapted, some left the area, and some thrived. While populations ebb and flow, humans can have...


Land Stewardship Siembra Raíces Interns

July 27, 2022 3:03 pm Published by Comments Off on Land Stewardship Siembra Raíces Interns

article by Shawna Gorman, Biologist at Fontenelle Forest It takes a true outdoors enthusiast to agree to spend their free time assisting with trail maintenance and treating invasive species, but Fontenelle Forest was fortunate enough to have several interns this summer. At Fontenelle Forest, our mission includes inspiring future generations to...


Nine Native Blooms To Look For in July

July 1, 2022 9:58 am Published by Comments Off on Nine Native Blooms To Look For in July

article and photos by Drew Granville, Volunteer Botanist at Fontenelle Forest Lately, we’ve been talking a lot about wildflowers because this is prime wildflower viewing season! Fostering the growth of native plants (and eradicating non-native species) is an important part of the conservation work done by Fontenelle Forest’s Land Stewardship...


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