WETLANDS CLOSURES: Hidden Lake and Redbud trails are closed. Click here to see current trail closures.
EARLY CLOSURE: The Nature Center will close at 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 6.
WETLANDS CLOSURES: Hidden Lake and Redbud trails are closed. Click here to see current trail closures.
EARLY CLOSURE: The Nature Center will close at 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 6.

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Extended Summer Hours Now In Effect!

May 18, 2022 11:23 am Published by Comments Off on Extended Summer Hours Now In Effect!

Hike longer with our extended summer hours! From Memorial Day to Labor Day summer hours are in effect at Fontenelle Forest. This means you have more time to enjoy all the things you love about the Forest. Whether you’re a member or purchase daily admission, your next trip to the...


More than half of adult bald and golden eagles found to have chronic lead poisoning, new study shows

March 23, 2022 9:39 am Published by Comments Off on More than half of adult bald and golden eagles found to have chronic lead poisoning, new study shows

A recent study published in the journal Science examined lead levels in 1,210 eagles across 38 states—the biggest effort of its kind to date in North America. According to the study nearly every single eagle tested had some lead exposure over the course of their lives. More than half of the adult birds had...


Fontenelle Forest Managed Deer Hunt

November 4, 2021 5:32 pm Published by Comments Off on Fontenelle Forest Managed Deer Hunt

ALL FONTENELLE FOREST TRAILS ARE CLOSED DECEMBER 6-9 (MON-THURS) The only exception will be the trails at Neale Woods, which will remain open. The Nature Center and Raptor Woodland Refuge will also be open. For everyone’s safety please make sure to respect the trail closures during this time. Fontenelle Forest has conducted...


Fontenelle Forest reopens trails following July storm

August 13, 2021 5:35 pm Published by Comments Off on Fontenelle Forest reopens trails following July storm

If you’ve lived in Nebraska for a while, you know that Midwest weather can be, well, unpredictable to say the least. And wow – Mother Nature has really served us up some whoppers over the past few weeks! Like most of Omaha and Bellevue, Fontenelle Forest received a lot of...


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...


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