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.

2022 Summer Camps

Surrounded by nature, campers dive into the unknown and have adventures that develop great life skills and a life-long love for the natural world.

Experience a wild summer outdoors at Fontenelle Forest,
just minutes from downtown Omaha!

 


At Fontenelle Forest, we believe that today’s children are tomorrow’s stewards and strive to foster a love of our local land and ecosystems vital to our survival.

Surrounded by nature, campers dive into the unknown and have adventures that develop great life skills and a life-long love for the natural world. Our staff is committed to providing your child with high-quality, positive outdoor experiences for children ages 4 to 15. We are excited to offer another summer of amazing summer camp experiences at Fontenelle Forest.

Fontenelle Forest members receive discounted pricing on all camps!
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Check out our summer camps you can still sign up for below!

Teen Survival Camp
Ages: 13-15
Date: August 1-5
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Capacity: 15
Location: Camp Wa-Kon-Da at 402 Forest Drive, Bellevue, NE 68005

Can you navigate your way around the forest? Can you perfect your archery skills? Can you spark the biggest campfire to make s’mores? Is your teen up for the challenge?

We will spend the week getting to know your camper through hiking, archery, campfire building, and playing games outside! Our goal is for campers to have a memorable camp experience, while making friends and learning teamwork along the way.

Camp is Monday-Friday, drop-off starting at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up starting at 3:00 p.m. Registration includes one camp morning at Tree Rush Adventures! Maximum capacity is 15 campers.

$245 for members and $310 for non-members. Members must sign in to receive discount.

REGISTER FOR TEEN SURVIVAL CAMP TODAY!

Teen Survival Camp: August 1-5

sold out camps

AGES 4 TO 5

Lil’ Acorns Camp
Ages: 4-5 with caregiver
Session 1: June 20-June 24
    – Morning camp option: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (SOLD OUT)
    – Afternoon camp option: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
Session 2: August 1-August 5
    – Morning camp option: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (SOLD OUT)
– Afternoon camp option: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
Capacity: 10 per session
This is a week-long camp. Campers can either attend the morning session OR the afternoon session.

Bring your preschooler and join us for a fun-filled week at Camp Brewster! We’ll learn about what it takes to be a nature explorer, we’ll look for insects, we’ll discover why snakes slither and what makes outside so fun! Each day we will play camp games, sing silly songs, get creative with crafts, and make friends all while exploring our natural world. Snacks will be provided!

Registration is for the week. Campers can either attend the morning OR afternoon session. One admission equals one child and one adult (camper must be accompanied by one adult). Maximum capacity is 10 campers.

$125 for members and $175 for non-members. Members must sign in to receive a discount.

register for Lil’ Acorns camp today!

Session 1 (June 20-June 24)
Session 2 (August 1-August 5)
Morning camp option: 9:00-11:00 AM
Register for Session 1 (SOLD OUT)
Register for Session 2: Morning (SOLD OUT)
Afternoon camp option: 1:30 to 3:30 PM
Register for Session 1: Afternoon (SOLD OUT)
Register for Session 2: Afternoon (SOLD OUT)

Click the drop-down below to view daily themes. Each day of camp will feature a different theme.

DAILY THEMES FOR LIL’ ACORNS CAMP

MONDAY: Beginner Explorer!

We’ll learn how to become a nature explorer! We’ll spend the day playing camp games, singing silly songs, being creative with crafts, and making friends all while exploring the natural world!

TUESDAY: Let’s go Buggy!

We’re going buggy for bugs! We’ll learn all about insects, what makes them an insect and why insects are so important for our environment. We’ll also go on a hunt to find insects in the Forest!

WEDNESDAY: Colorful Clouds!

We’re becoming little meteorologists for the day! We’ll spend time learning about the weather, relaxing under the clouds, playing in the water (weather permitting), and much more!

THURSDAY: All about Birds!

We’re learning all about our “feathery friends!” We’ll use our “eagle eyes” to go bird watching while we hike and we’ll have fun while making our own bird with a fun craft.

FRIDAY: Spectacular Snakes!

Snakes are spectacular, we’ll learn all about reptiles for this camp day! We’ll look for our slithery friends while we’re hiking on the trails and we’ll also get to meet one of our animal residents!

AGES 6 TO 8

Lil’ Rangers Camp
Ages: 6-8
Session 1: June 6-June 10 (SOLD OUT)
Session 2: July 11-July 15 (SOLD OUT)
Time: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Capacity: 15
Location: Camp Brewster at 1313 Bellevue Blvd. N., Bellevue, NE 68005

Join us for a week of discovery! Your Lil’ Ranger will learn why restoration is important and how our rangers are restoring the Forest’s oak savannah.
They will learn the basics of how to identify invasive plants, which species are edible and how to use them to survive in the wild. We’ll hike the trails and practice identifying agents of change that affect the landscape of Fontenelle Forest!

Camp is Monday-Friday, with drop-off starting at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up starting at 3:00 p.m. Maximum capacity is 15 campers.

$245 for members and $310 for non-members. Members must sign in to receive discount.

register for Lil’ RanGers camp today!

Session 1: jUNE 6-10 (SOLD OUT)
Session 2: jUly 11-15 (Sold out)

 


 

Camp Fontenelle Friends
Ages: 6-8
Session 1: June 13-June 17
Session 2: July 18-July 22 (SOLD OUT)
Time: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM (SOLD OUT)
Capacity: 15
Location: Camp Brewster at 1313 Bellevue Blvd. N., Bellevue, NE 68005

Do you know how many vertebrae an owl has? Can all snakes climb trees? What does pollination mean? Find out answers to all these questions at camp this summer!

Your animal lovers will have a blast at Camp Fontenelle Friends. Each day we’ll spend time learning AND myth-busting facts about different critters that call Fontenelle Forest their home.

Camp is Monday-Friday, with drop-off starting at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up starting at 3:00 p.m. Maximum capacity is 15 campers.

$245 for members and $310 for non-members. Members must sign in to receive discount.

register for camp Fontenelle Friends today!

Session 1: June 13-17 (SOLD OUT) 
Session 2: July 18-22 (Sold out)

 


 

Artsy Ants Camp
Ages: 6-8
Session 1: June 27-July 1 (SOLD OUT)
Session 2: July 25-July 29 (SOLD OUT)
Time: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Capacity: 15
Location: Camp Brewster at 1313 Bellevue Blvd. N., Bellevue, NE 68005

Can you paint with all the colors of the wind? Make a sculpture with sticks? What happens to an ant when you give it colored honey? Come discover your creative talents at our Artsy Ants Camp!

If your camper loves to craft, paint, pick flowers, and draw, this is the camp for them! All week we will use our senses to discover the beauty of the natural world at Fontenelle Forest. We will spend time outside learning about the different things that make the forest so unique and beautiful as well as crafting and painting with things we see outside!

Camp is Monday-Friday, with drop-off starting at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up starting at 3:00 p.m. Maximum capacity is 15 campers.

$245 for members and $310 for non-members. Members must sign in to receive discount.

register for Artsy Ants Camp today!

Session 1: June 27-July 1 (SOLD OUT)
Session 2: July 25-29 (SOLD OUT)

 


 

Farm-to-Forest Camp (SOLD OUT)
Ages: 6-8
Dates: June 20-June 24
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Capacity: 20

This camp is a collaboration between Gifford Farm and Fontenelle Forest.
(Please note: Drop-off location and pick-up location are not the same.)
Drop-off Location: Gifford Farm – 700 Camp Gifford Rd, Bellevue, NE 68005
Pick-up Location: Fontenelle Forest Nature Center – 1111 Bellevue Blvd N, Bellevue, NE 68005

Experience life on the farm and in the forest! If your child loves animal care and outdoor recreation, our Farm to Forest Camp is for them!
In the mornings, become a farmer and learn about what it takes to care for farm animals. Then, in the afternoons, head over to the Forest to become a nature explorer and learn about woodland critters and plants.

Campers will start their days at Gifford Farm and stay there through lunch. At 12:30 p.m., campers will be transported by school bus to Fontenelle Forest to spend the afternoon participating in nature study games, activities, and hikes.

Camp is Monday-Friday, with drop-off at Gifford Farm and pick-up at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center.

$225 for members and $275 for non-members. Members must sign in to receive discount.

REGISTER FOR FARM TO FOREST CAMP TODAY!

FARM TO FOREST CAMP JUNE 20-24 (SOLD OUT)

 

AGES 9 TO 12

Challenge Camp
Ages: 9-12
Session 1: June 6-10 (SOLD OUT)
Session 2: July 11-15 (SOLD OUT)
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Capacity: 15
Location: Camp Wa-Kon-Da at 402 Forest Drive, Bellevue, NE 68005

Can you navigate your way around the forest? Can you perfect your archery skills? Can you spark the biggest campfire to make s’mores? Are you up for the challenge?

We will spend the week getting to know your camper through hiking, archery, campfire building, and playing games outside! Our goal is for campers to have a memorable camp experience, while making friends and learning teamwork along the way.

Camp is Monday-Friday, with drop-off starting at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up starting at 3:00 p.m. Registration includes one camp morning at Tree Rush Adventures! Maximum capacity is 15 campers.

$245 for members and $310 for non-members. Members must sign in to receive discount.

REGISTER FOR CHALLENGE CAMP TODAY!

SESSION 1: June 6-10 (SOLD OUT)
SESSION 2: July 11-15 (Sold Out)

 

 


 

Woodland Wildlife Camp
Ages: 9-12
Session 1: June 13-17 (SOLD OUT)
Session 2: July 18-22 (SOLD OUT)
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Capacity: 15
Location: Camp Wa-Kon-Da at 402 Forest Drive, Bellevue, NE 68005

Can you ID birds high up in the sky? Or tell which plants are edible in the forest? Can we figure out which animal left tracks in the mud? Or can we spot the fungus that’s hiding down low? All of these questions can be answered at our Wildlife Camp!

We will spend the week teaching your camper about the wildlife around us and how we can protect and preserve our environment. We will also have fun with classic camp activities like learning archery, making a campfire, and playing games outside! Our goal is for campers to have a memorable camp experience while making friends and learning teamwork along the way.

Camp is Monday-Friday, with drop-off starting at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up starting at 3:00 p.m. Registration includes one camp morning at Tree Rush Adventures! Maximum capacity is 15 campers.

$245 for members and $310 for non-members. Members must sign in to receive discount.

REGISTER FOR WOODLAND WILDLIFE CAMP TODAY!

SESSION 1 June 13-17 (SOLD OUT)
SESSION 2: July 18-22 (SOLD OUT)

 


 

Art in Nature Camp
Ages: 9-12
Session 1: June 27-July 1(SOLD OUT)
Session 2: July 25- 29 (SOLD OUT)
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Capacity: 15
Location: Camp Wa-Kon-Da at 402 Forest Drive, Bellevue, NE 68005

Have you ever painted by an oak tree? Or used natural materials to make a collage? Campers will find their creative side in our Art in Nature camp!

During the week, we’ll use the natural world around us to create various art pieces, including drawings, paintings, collages, writings, poetry, and more! We will also have fun with classic camp activities like learning archery, making a campfire, and playing games outside! Our goal is for campers to have a memorable camp experience while making friends and learning teamwork along the way.

Camp is Monday-Friday, with drop-off starting at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up starting at 3:00 p.m. Registration includes one camp morning at Tree Rush Adventures! Maximum capacity is 15 campers.

$245 for members and $310 for non-members. Members must sign in to receive discount.

REGISTER FOR ART IN NATURE CAMP TODAY!

SESSION 1: June 27-July 1 (SOLD OUT)
 SESSION 2: July 25-29 (SOLD OUT)

 


 

Raptors and Reptiles
Ages: 9-12

Dates: July 11-15 (SOLD OUT)
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Capacity: 20
Location: Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N., Bellevue, NE 68005

Have you ever seen a great-horned owl up close? Have you ever touched the talon of a predator? Where do turtles go in the winter?

Campers will spend the week exploring the world of raptors and reptiles. Each day we will meet a raptor and reptile up close. We will spend time outdoors exploring the Forest, creating crafts to take home, and having fun with camp activities. Our goal is for campers to have a memorable camp experience, while making friends and learning teamwork along the way.

Camp is Monday-Friday, with drop-off starting at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up starting at 3:00 p.m. Registration includes one camp morning at Tree Rush Adventures! Maximum capacity is 20 campers.

$245 for members and $310 for non-members. Members must sign in to receive discount.

REGISTER FOR RAPTORS AND REPTILES CAMP TODAY!

RAPTORS AND REPTILES CAMP: July 11-15 (SOLD OUT)

 

AGES 13 TO 15

Teen Survival Camp
Ages: 13-15
Session 1: June 20-24
Session 2: August 1-5
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Capacity: 15
Location: Camp Wa-Kon-Da at 402 Forest Drive, Bellevue, NE 68005

Can you navigate your way around the forest? Can you perfect your archery skills? Can you spark the biggest campfire to make s’mores? Is your teen up for the challenge?

We will spend the week getting to know your camper through hiking, archery, campfire building, and playing games outside! Our goal is for campers to have a memorable camp experience, while making friends and learning teamwork along the way.

Camp is Monday-Friday, drop-off starting at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up starting at 3:00 p.m. Registration includes one camp morning at Tree Rush Adventures! Maximum capacity is 15 campers.

$245 for members and $310 for non-members. Members must sign in to receive discount.

REGISTER FOR TEEN SURVIVAL CAMP TODAY!

SESSION 1: June 20-24 (SOLD OUT)
SESSION 2: August 1-5

Attention parents

Please download ouR CAMP FAQ, which includes general information about camp, as well as COVID-19 safety Policies & cancellations. For additional questions not answered in these documents call Visitor Services at 402-731-3140.

TO VIEW OUR CURRENT COVID-19 POLICY, GO TO HTTPS://FONTENELLEFOREST.ORG/CORONAVIRUS/.


CANCELLATION POLICY:

For all camps, cancellations prior to the Friday before the camp start date will receive a full refund. Once camp has started, refunds are not provided.

For all cancellations, please contact Visitor Services at 402.731.3140.

 


QUESTIONS? CALL 402-731-3140.

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