Memorial Day Hours: The Nature Center will be open from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Monday, May 27

Memorial Day Hours: The Nature Center will be open from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Monday, May 27

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Acorn Acres Construction to Begin May 28

  After much anticipation, construction in Acorn Acres will begin on May 28 and is expected to open to the public this fall!  Acorn Acres – a half-acre natural playscape in the heart of Fontenelle Forest – is an outdoor experience that introduces visitors of all ages and comfort levels…

What’s the Buzz About Cicadas?

article by Hannah Miller, Naturalist Educator There’s cicada mania going on in the media right now – this year is a big year for cicadas, as two large groups of them will emerge at the same time in the Midwest! Cicadas spend most of their life as larvae (or grubs)…

Extended Summer Hours Start May 27

Hike longer with our extended summer hours! From Memorial Day to Labor Day summer hours are in effect at Fontenelle Forest. This means both members and visitors can check in later at the Nature Center!   Summer Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday – Sunday 8:00…

Critter Care: Reptile and Amphibian Vet Check-ups

article by Patrick Conner, Animal Care Specialist If you regularly explore Fontenelle Forest’s Nature Center, you likely have already discovered the Raptor Woodland Refuge, where you can marvel at 14 different species of birds of prey. You may not realize the Nature Center also houses a fascinating array of reptiles…

Farewell to Dawn Jensen, Director of Finance & Administration

  It is with bittersweet emotions that we announce that Dawn Jensen will be retiring as Fontenelle Forest’s Director of Finance and Administration this summer. Dawn joined the Forest team in ​2017. Over the past seven years, she has been instrumental in ensuring a strong financial position for the organization…

Eyes on the Ecosystem: Invasive Awareness and Early Detection

article by Kayla Johnson, Conservation Specialist Did you know that the last week of February is Invasive Species Awareness Week? Do you know why awareness is so important? Stopping invasive species early on, before it becomes a major problem will save time, effort, money, and most importantly prevents the loss…

Welcome to Fontenelle Forest, Flicka!

article by Ell Kinsey, Raptor Care Specialist Introducing our newest arrival to the Raptor Woodland Refuge: Flicka, the American Kestrel! Found as a chick, Flicka was taken in by a well-meaning member of the public. Rather than call a certified raptor rehabber, they chose to keep Flicka, which is against…

Winter Warriors: How Songbirds and Raptors Survive the Colder Months

article by Ell Kinsey, Raptor Care Specialist Nebraska is known for fluctuating temperatures. From sweaty summer days to the frosty frigid winter, all Nebraska’s inhabitants have learned to adapt—including the feathered ones!  IN THE WILD  For wild birds, there’s little time for rest in the wintertime – this is especially…

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