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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Fontenelle Forest Managed Deer Hunt

ALL FONTENELLE FOREST TRAILS ARE CLOSED DECEMBER 5-8 (MON-THURS) The only exception will be the trails at Neale Woods, which will remain open. The Nature Center will remain open. For everyone’s safety please make sure to respect the trail closures during this time. Fontenelle Forest has conducted a deer hunt for…

Blue Herbicide on Tree of Heaven

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

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…

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

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

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

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…

Ten Native Blooms in June

article and photos by Drew Granville, Volunteer Botanist at Fontenelle Forest Wildflower diversity sees a subtle change in the early summer depending on the type of habitat. In the far east of Nebraska, June marks a slowdown in the number of new species blooming in wetlands and woodlands, but a…

Wild Native Plants of Fontenelle Forest and Neale Woods in May

article and photos by Drew Granville, Volunteer Botanist at Fontenelle Forest Fontenelle Forest and Neale Woods both have vast regions of rich habitats ranging from oak uplands, prairies and floodplains. Different wildflowers emerge and bloom throughout the spring, summer and fall. Restoration efforts have increased the species diversity and richness….

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…

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