Trail Update as of Saturday, July 24: Please see an updated trail map here. Open trails are highlighted in yellow. Hickory Trail, Handsome Hollow and some Wetlands trails remain closed. Please check back daily for updates.

Trail Update as of Saturday, July 24: Please see an updated trail map here. Open trails are highlighted in yellow. Hickory Trail, Handsome Hollow and some Wetlands trails remain closed. Please check back daily for updates.

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Fontenelle Forest welcomes Emily Prauner as Director of Donor and Visitor Services

July 30, 2021 2:55 pm Published by Comments Off on Fontenelle Forest welcomes Emily Prauner as Director of Donor and Visitor Services

Fontenelle Forest is thrilled to announce that Emily Prauner is joining our team as the new Director of Donor and Visitor Services. Emily is an Omaha native and outdoor enthusiast who is passionate about environmental sustainability and nature conservation. Her “dream job” has long been in philanthropy at the National...


Fontenelle Forest is working to reopen trails safely after unprecedented wind storm

July 13, 2021 8:56 am Published by Comments Off on Fontenelle Forest is working to reopen trails safely after unprecedented wind storm

The wind storm that swept through Omaha on Friday, July 9, was one of the worst in recent history. With over 2,100 acres and 24 miles of trails, it will take some time for Fontenelle Forest to ensure all the trails are safe to reopen for public use. Forest staff...


Nature Search: Fontenelle Forest’s Digital Field Guide

May 31, 2021 3:00 pm Published by Comments Off on Nature Search: Fontenelle Forest’s Digital Field Guide

Wondering what that colorful bird or freaky fungi was you saw at Fontenelle Forest? Nature Search can help you find the answer! Have you ever been out on a hike at Fontenelle Forest, spotted something interesting, and wish you could find out more about it? But by the time you got...


National Invasive Species Awareness Week – Part 2

May 18, 2021 11:36 am Published by Comments Off on National Invasive Species Awareness Week – Part 2

by Michelle Foss, Director of Resource Stewardship This week is Part 2 of National Invasive Species Awareness Week: Outreach and Education (May 15 – 22, 2021), so we want to share some information about invasive plants, how they can be harmful to our local ecosystems, and what you can do...


Wetlands Recovery Update (ongoing)

May 17, 2021 11:17 am Published by Comments Off on Wetlands Recovery Update (ongoing)

This blog serves as an ongoing update about our wetlands recovery efforts. You can also visit our Wetlands webpage here for more information: https://fontenelleforest.org/wetlands/ may 17, 2021 The wetlands at Fontenelle Forest – a favorite area for hikers and birders – is now open! We are very excited to announce...


The wetlands at Fontenelle Forest – a favorite area for hikers and birders – is now open!

May 17, 2021 6:00 am Published by Comments Off on The wetlands at Fontenelle Forest – a favorite area for hikers and birders – is now open!

We are very excited to announce that after more than two years of flood recovery work, access to the south wetlands is OPEN! Why was it closed? In the fall of 2018, Hidden Lake Trail froze with several inches to one foot of water on it. Due to this our...


Fontenelle Forest Offering Free Admission to Active Military in participation with Blue Star Museums from May 15-September 6, 2021

May 13, 2021 12:38 pm Published by Comments Off on Fontenelle Forest Offering Free Admission to Active Military in participation with Blue Star Museums from May 15-September 6, 2021

Beginning on Armed Forces Day (May 15) through Labor Day (September 6) active-duty military and up to five family members will enjoy free daily admission to Fontenelle Forest as part of the 2021 Blue Star Museums program. Fontenelle Forest is proud to show our support for local military families by...


New leadership brings a renewed vision for the path forward

May 7, 2021 12:24 pm Published by Comments Off on New leadership brings a renewed vision for the path forward

Looking ahead to Fontenelle Forest’s next 100 years – New leadership brings a renewed vision for the path forward Last year, Fontenelle Forest celebrated the 100-year anniversary of its first land purchase. This year, under the new leadership of Matt Darling, Fontenelle Forest’s new executive director, we look forward to...


Earth Day 2021 and the Nebraska Earth Day Passport Challenge

April 16, 2021 4:55 pm Published by Comments Off on Earth Day 2021 and the Nebraska Earth Day Passport Challenge

by Michelle Foss, Director of Resource Stewardship Fifty-one years ago, in response to continually escalating environmental degradation, a junior senator, congressman, and young activist held the first celebration of what would become Earth Day. During teach-ins at campuses across the country, environmental activism was elevated in the wake of major...


Fontenelle Forest Announces New Executive Director; Looks Forward to Strengthening Roots in Community

March 25, 2021 12:45 pm Published by Comments Off on Fontenelle Forest Announces New Executive Director; Looks Forward to Strengthening Roots in Community

Fontenelle Forest is excited to announce that Matt Darling has been named its new Executive Director. Darling brings extensive nonprofit, leadership, donor services, and business experience to the executive director role, as well as a true passion for the natural world and the mission of Fontenelle Forest. As a long-time...


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