Extended Summer Hours Start May 29

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…

The Fontenelle Forest's spring 2023 edition of their quarterly newsletter, Leaflet. The cover depicts a tree limb scattered with leaves overlayed by the Fontenelle Forest logo, the title Leaflet, and the words "Fontenelle Forest News | Spring 2023."

Spring Leaflet 2023

Get updates about Fontenelle Forest in the spring edition of our quarterly newsletter, the Leaflet.In this issue, we’re bringing you news about some much-needed updates to buildings, technology, and the overall Forest experience, as well as providing a 2022 financial overview.

A picture of Dames Rocket (Hesperis matronalis), a long-stemmed invasive gardening plant with small violet flowers.

Invasives: What are they and how you can stop them from spreading

article by Michelle Foss, Director of Resource Stewardship National Invasive Species Awareness Week is an international outreach event put on by the North American Invasive Species Management Association, that occurs annually at the end of February. This year’s event runs February 20-26. What is an invasive species? The term “invasive…

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…

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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…

An image of the Fontenelle Forest Camp Wa-Kon-Da trail.

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…

An image of two Fontenelle Forest interns smiling while working on the trails.

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…

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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…

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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…

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