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Giving Tuesday: See the Forest in an all new way

Before my recent appointment as Fontenelle Forest’s Interim Executive Director, I served the Forest as a long-time Teacher Naturalist volunteer. As a TN I’ve had the privilege of leading scores of hikes and other interpretive programs at the Forest. In particular, I enjoy leading visitors on night hikes. Member-only night…

Giving Tuesday: Create a deeper connection with nature

Fontenelle Forest Membership runs in my family. My grandparents are members, my parents are members, and my husband, son, and I are members.—that’s four generations! The reasons we became members are numerous and could easily fill this post. The ageless beauty of the forest is a natural gathering place for…

Giving Tuesday: Teaching kids about conservation

I have spent much of my time as a Naturalist playing the role of Flo Swiftly, the Hydrologist, in our hour long skit about the water cycle that is included in our H2Omaha program offered to every single 5th grader in the Omaha Public School District. When the science standards…

Giving Tuesday: Raptor education and rescue

Although I do raptor programs of all sizes of audiences, my favorites are the small groups. I’ll put down a cloth and sit crisscross on the floor with the audience. That way, they can look into their eyes, and they can also admire the fine detail of their feathers. Even…

#savetheoaks

Save the oaks; what does this phrase mean? At Fontenelle Forest, this phrase has a broad definition, from invasive species removal to mapping and public meetings to prescribed fire. Life for the Fontenelle Forest Conservation Department has taken an interesting step forward in our evolution to become a more efficient…

Habitat Restoration

“He who owns a veteran bur oak owns more than a tree. He owns a historical library, and a reserved seat in the theater of evolution.” – Aldo Leopold Within Fontenelle Forest, the bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa) provides shelter and food to a multitude of native animals including deer, squirrels,…

Invasive Species

“These species are not inherently bad. They’re just in the wrong place.” – David Lodge An invasive species is a species of plant (or other living thing) which is not native to an area and has a detrimental effect on the ecological community. We have several plants that have taken…

Nature’s Helpers

“Man must learn that his current path is not suitable for Earth, and soon, Earth won’t be sustainable for man.” –Donald L. Hicks Without our volunteers, we would not have the manpower to keep up with—let alone restore—our habitats. We have a group that meets several Saturday mornings a year,…

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