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.

Just minutes from downtown Omaha, Fontenelle Forest campers experience a wild summer outdoors!

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. Our staff is committed to providing your child with high quality, positive outdoor experiences for children of all ages.

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. We are excited to offer another summer of amazing experiences here at Fontenelle Forest.

Parents love our camps because they bring children together with nature
and teach them an appreciation for the world around them.

“This place is childhood at its best. A true place for children to be children.
The counselors are so great at creating a space for creativity and exploration”
– 2019 Summer Camp Parent
I cannot say enough about how wonderful this place is. It is how summers should be spent. It shows kids that computers and TV is not needed to have fun. My child was so peaceful every day when I showed up – looking for rolly-polly bugs. The counselors were amazing and so personable. I loved knowing that my child was in this place while I had to work, spending her summer with nature.”
– 2019 Summer Camp Parent

 


New this year! 

Extended Camp | 3:00-5:30 p.m. Mon – Thurs | $50 per child, per week

Does your child love camp so much they don’t want to leave at the end of the day? Extended Camp is the answer! Extended camp on Mondays-Thurdays from 3:00-5:30 p.m. is an add-on option. Campers will continue the fun with additional games and activities building on their skills from the day. Extended camp is available for select camps. See camp options and registration links below. 

Adventure Camp (ages 10-13) | june 29-july 1 (3 days, 2 overnights)

If you love Challenge Camp and spending the night in the forest, you’re sure to love this camp! Join in on this adventure-packed 3-day, 2-night camp experience at Fontenelle Forest. This is for a group of campers that love spending time in nature and getting to know one another through team-building exercises and fun outdoor activities. Learn to set up a tent, make meals outdoors, and explore the forest using maps. This camp is recommended for older campers who already love Challenge Camp and are looking for an accelerated version packed into three days! Must be 10-13 years old at time of camp. See pricing and registration link below. 



click below to view camps for your age group

Ages 3-5 Ages 6-8 Ages 9-12
adventure CAMP AGEs 10-13
partner CAMP with Lauritzen gardens: Ages 5-6 and 7-12
 partner CAMP with Henry Doorly Zoo: ages 6-12


Cancellation policy:
Cancellation fee of $75 per session will be assessed on all cancellations made between 30-60 days prior to the first day of the session. Cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the first day of the session will receive a 50% refund of paid reservation.

Camps for Ages 3-5

possum pals

June 29, June 30 and July 1 – 9:30am – 11:30am

Ages 3-5 with Caregiver

Join us for our ‘Possum Pals series, an inter-generational camp designed for pre-campers ages 3-5 and their caregiver to bond and discover the natural world together. Join our Naturalist Educator on one, two, or all three mornings to create memories that will last a lifetime and experience the A, B, C’s of nature. All campers must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older.

Non-member Price: $75 per camper + caregiver
Member Price: $60 per camper + caregiver

Register Here:

Acorns abloom

Tag along with your young sprout as we plant a love for nature. We’ll frolic through the forest looking at seeds and flowers, and vines and trees. Join us for a day of learning and exploring all things growing in nature through crafts, games, and hikes.

beetles and birds

Wings of all shapes and sizes! Explorers today will try to catch a few of our winged friends using nets and binoculars. From the smallest of the winged insects to the largest of the birds, today will focus on the animals with wings that call the forest home.

colorful clouds

Join us on our journey to uncover the secrets of clouds and the weather. Who knows what we’ll see when we practice the art of cloud watching- maybe some plants or animals will take shape. If Mother Nature rains on our parade, we’ll still have fun playing in puddles and water.

JUNE 29
June 30
July 1

camps for ages 6-8

jr. wildlife vet

june 1-5 and july 27-31 (Sold Out)

ages 6-8

The forest is full of critters of all sizes! Come learn what it takes to care for wild animals in this fun-filled camp. From hawks and owls to turtles and frogs, we will explore the world of being a wildlife veterinarian. Campers will get a behind-the-scenes tour of Raptor Woodland Refuge and our Animal Care center, and will learn how to help sick, injured and orphaned animals around their home! And of course, we will spend time searching the forest for healthy animals too!

Non-Member Price: $310 per camper
Member Price: $245 per camper

Register Here:

June 1-5 (Sold Out)
Extended camp
July 27-31(Sold Out)
Extended Camp

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grossology

june 15-19

ages 6-8

It’s all about things that slither, slime or sludge along. Campers will get down and dirty with lots of hands-on activities in this special edition of Grossology. For this camp, kids will be rolling up their pant legs to explore the gross yet amazing plants and animals at the Forest. Campers will dissect owl pellets, get the scoop about animal poop and even make their own slimy substance.

Non-Member Price: $310 per camper
Member Price: $245 per camper

Register Here:

June 15-19
Extended Camp

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nature’s engineers

july 6-10

ages 6-8

Nature’s engineers are hard at work again, creating structures of amazing complexity! From Robin’s nest to Beaver’s dam, the amazing creations of nature are all around the forest. Campers will learn to create their own shelters and structures with nature as their guide! This curiosity driven camp will help us discover amazing things about the plants, and animals in the forest and our backyards.

Non-Member Price: $310 per camper
Member Price: $245 per camper

Register Here:

July 6-10
Extended camp

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enchanted forest

july 13-17

ages 6-8

Discover the natural world through forest fantasy. Using our imaginations and the sense of wonder nature provides, we’ll uncover our environment using the mythical creatures such as sprites, trolls, elves, and fairies. Campers will spend the week exploring the world through the eyes of their elves and fairies. Where do elves live? How do trolls prepare for the changing seasons? What do the signs we find in the forest tell about who lives here? We’ll use the framework of mythical creatures to learn about the animals that call the forest home.

*This camp will join Fantastic Beasts (9-12 yr old) for some activities.

Non-Member Price: $310 per camper
Member Price: $245 per camper

Register Here:

July 13-17
Extended camp

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wild ones: Nature awareness

july 20-24

ages 6-8

What is nature awareness? A process of sharpening our senses to perceive more about what is going on around us. Are you looking to build strong friendships while exploring the outdoors this summer? This will be a week of team building, hiking, playing games, and practicing skills all designed to increase your wilderness awareness and develop your friendship with the forest. Be prepared to discover more about your connection to nature and delve into all the fun that the Forest has to offer!

Non-Member Price: $310 per camper
Member Price: $245 per camper

Register Here:

JULY 20-24
EXTENDED CAMP

camps for ages 9-12

off the grid

june 1-5 and july 20-24 (jULY DATE SOLD OUT)

ages 9-12

This camp offers all of the classic summer activities we love and so much more! We will spend the week off the grid, learning how to navigate the forest without technology and what gear to bring on longer backpacking styled hikes. Campers will also practice outdoor cooking techniques and immerse themselves in nature through games like Capture the Flag and Eagle Eye. Camper’s balance and stealth will be challenged by a course (or two) at TreeRush!

Non-Member Price: $310 per camper
Member Price: $245 per camper

Register Here:

JUNE 1-5
EXTENDED CAMP
JULY 20-24 (sold out)
EXTENDED CAMP

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challenge camp

june 15-19 (sold Out) and july 27-31 (includes camping overnight Thurs-Fri)

ages 9-12

Are you looking for an extra challenge this summer? Hiking, exploring, team building, outdoor cooking and other tasks of immeasurable size await the campers who join in on this adventure. Camper’s balance and stealth will be challenged by a course (or two) at TreeRush! The fun doesn’t end there because Thursday is an overnight experience! Night hikes through the darkness and the early morning sunrise will give campers a new perspective of Fontenelle Forest.

Non-Member Price: $350 per camper
Member Price: $285 per camper

Register Here:

JUNE 15-19 (Sold Out)
EXTENDED CAMP
JULY 27-31
EXTENDED CAMP

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wildlife camp

june 22-26

ages 9-12

Are you interested in the wildlife within the woods? Or maybe you’d love to work with animals some day! This camp is a blend of learning about the unique species found in Fontenelle Forest, while also playing many animal themed games throughout the week that open our eyes to what it’s like to live in the forest like our wildlife. Campers will even meet some of these animal species face to face and immerse themselves in the outdoors like many of the animals do through play and exploration.

Non-Member Price: $310 per camper
Member Price: $245 per camper

Register Here:

JUNE 22-26
EXTENDED CAMP

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fantastic beasts

july 13-17

ages 9-12

What creatures lie hidden deep within the trees of the Forbidden Forest and what awaits you as you explore its many trails? Will you be sorted as an adventurous Mountain Lion, a clever Crow, a slithering Snake, or a curious Badger? What secrets will you discover and write about as we work together to create a Field Guide to the Fantastic Beasts of Fontenelle Forest? This magical adventure will be filled with hiking to catch a glimpse of a Five Lined skink, staking out the oak savannas in search of serpents, and roaming the trails for signs of the elusive Bigfoot. *This camp will join Enchanted Forest (6-8 yr old) for some activities.

Non-Member Price: $310 per camper
Member Price: $245 per camper

Register Here:

JULY 13-17
EXTENDED CAMP

adventure camp for ages 10-13

adventure camp

june 29-July 1 (3 days, 2 overnights)

ages 10-13

(Must be 10-13 years old at time of camp.)

If you love Challenge Camp and spending the night in the forest, you’re sure to love this camp! Join in on this adventure packed, 3 day and 2 night long camp experience at Fontenelle Forest. This is for a group of campers that love spending time in nature and getting to know one another through team building exercises and fun activities outside. Learn to set up a tent, make meals outdoors, and explore the forest using maps. This camp is recommended for older campers who already love Challenge Camp and are looking for an accelerated version packed into 3 days!

Non-Member Price: $350 per camper
Member Price: $285 per camper

Register Here:

JUNE 29 – JULY 1

partner camp with Lauritzen Gardens:
ages 5-6 and 7-12

a bug’s life

june 8-12 and june 22-26

ages 5-6 and ages 7-12

Mon/Tues/Wed at Lauritzen Gardens; Thurs/Fri at Fontenelle Forest

Campers will step into the world of bugs while exploring the terrain of Lauritzen Gardens and Fontenelle Forest. Each day focusing on new insects, and discovering pollinators that fly around our skies to the creepy crawlers that dwell underground. Single days not available.
*No Extended Camp provided for this camp.

Non-Member Price: $235 per camper
Fontenelle and Lauritzen Member Price: $215 per camper

Register Here:

JUNE 8-12 FOR AGES 5-6
JUNE 22-26 FOR AGES 5-6
JUNE 8-12 FOR AGES 7-12
JUNE 22-26 FOR AGES 7-12

partner camp with Henry Doorly zoo:
Ages 6-12

predator and prey

june 8-12 and june 22-26

ages 6-12

Mon/Tues at Fontenelle Forest; Wed/Thurs/Fri at Henry Doorly Zoo

Join Fontenelle Forest and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo on a quest about hunters and the hunted in the wild. Campers will explore camouflage, adaptations, habitats, and more to learn about the constant tug-of-war between predators and prey around the world and in your own neighborhood. *No Extended Camp provided for this camp.

Non-Member Price: $310 per camper
Fontenelle Forest and Zoo Member Price: $245 per camper

Register Here:

Zoo members need to call 402-731-3140 to receive the discounted registration.

JUNE 8-12
JUNE 22-26

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