Parking will be limited at the Nature Center to allow for construction equipment and deliveries to be made as Acorn Acres progress continues. Additional parking is available in the north overflow parking lot (1213 Bellevue Blvd. N.).

Parking will be limited at the Nature Center to allow for construction equipment and deliveries to be made as Acorn Acres progress continues. Additional parking is available in the north overflow parking lot (1213 Bellevue Blvd. N.).

Author Archives for Bridget Hanson

Giving Tuesday: Teaching kids about conservation

November 30, 2015 1:32 pm Published by Comments Off on Giving Tuesday: Teaching kids about conservation

I have spent much of my time as a Naturalist playing the role of Flo Swiftly, the Hydrologist, in our hour long skit about the water cycle that is included in our H2Omaha program offered to every single 5th grader in the Omaha Public School District. When the science standards...


Giving Tuesday: Raptor education and rescue

November 30, 2015 1:30 pm Published by Comments Off on Giving Tuesday: Raptor education and rescue

Although I do raptor programs of all sizes of audiences, my favorites are the small groups. I’ll put down a cloth and sit crisscross on the floor with the audience. That way, they can look into their eyes, and they can also admire the fine detail of their feathers. Even...


Fontenelle Forest Provides Important Environmental Education for our Community

November 30, 2015 12:39 pm Published by Comments Off on Fontenelle Forest Provides Important Environmental Education for our Community

For the past 8 weeks, educators from Fontenelle Forest have gathered materials, sometimes including a live animal or artifacts, always including games and activities, and headed off in the afternoons to visit students at King Science Middle School and Spring Lake Elementary. After a full day of school, the students...


Pucture of a sunset over a body of water

Preserving the Quiet Wild of Nature for future generations

November 30, 2015 11:41 am Published by Comments Off on Preserving the Quiet Wild of Nature for future generations

The staff in the land stewardship department at Fontenelle Forest is often called upon to rescue lost hikers, find a lost watch or cell phone, inspect a report of a power outage or remove a downed tree over a trail.  When we are not busy with Ranger tasks, we are...


Picture of a controlled burn

#savetheoaks

November 19, 2015 1:26 pm Published by Comments Off on #savetheoaks

Save the oaks; what does this phrase mean? At Fontenelle Forest, this phrase has a broad definition, from invasive species removal to mapping and public meetings to prescribed fire. Life for the Fontenelle Forest Conservation Department has taken an interesting step forward in our evolution to become a more efficient...


Habitat Restoration

November 10, 2015 1:23 pm Published by Comments Off on Habitat Restoration

“He who owns a veteran bur oak owns more than a tree. He owns a historical library, and a reserved seat in the theater of evolution.” – Aldo Leopold Within Fontenelle Forest, the bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa) provides shelter and food to a multitude of native animals including deer, squirrels,...


Invasive Species

November 10, 2015 11:57 am Published by Comments Off on Invasive Species

“These species are not inherently bad. They’re just in the wrong place.” – David Lodge An invasive species is a species of plant (or other living thing) which is not native to an area and has a detrimental effect on the ecological community. We have several plants that have taken...


Nature’s Helpers

November 9, 2015 5:13 pm Published by Comments Off on Nature’s Helpers

“Man must learn that his current path is not suitable for Earth, and soon, Earth won’t be sustainable for man.” –Donald L. Hicks Without our volunteers, we would not have the manpower to keep up with—let alone restore—our habitats. We have a group that meets several Saturday mornings a year,...


Controlled burn

Prescribed Burn

November 5, 2015 5:12 pm Published by Comments Off on Prescribed Burn

“Here’s where redesign begins in earnest, where we stop trying to be less bad and start figuring out to be good.” – William McDonough Photos by Alex Wiles Fire is a natural part of many ecological communities. Historically, Native Americans would set fire to prairies, keeping the woody vegetation at...


Erosion Control

November 4, 2015 5:07 pm Published by Comments Off on Erosion Control

“Nature doesn’t have a design problem. People do.” – William McDonough/Michael Braungart To mitigate this problem, a contractor and Fontenelle Forest staff installed a storm water piping system, stabilized the hollow’s steep grade, and seeded the area with native grasses. Three weeks after the project was completed, the area experienced...


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