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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Floodplain Fire Update

Michelle Foss, Director of Resource Stewardship While fire has been a part of our landscape for thousands of years, it is not always triggered by nature, or occurring at prescribed times. As a result of a nearby vehicle fire in April, the Gifford Point floodplain, which encompasses the Fontenelle Forest…

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….

Best of Omaha 2022

We are very excited to announce that Fontenelle Forest was voted Best of Omaha – Children’s Attraction for the fourth year in a row! There are only three winners in this category out of the entire Omaha metro and we are humbled to be in the company of the Henry…

2021 Nebraska Tourism Industry Awards

Fontenelle Forest Presented Outstanding Ecotourism Entity Award We’re honored to be the recipient of the Outstanding Ecotourism Entity Award at this year’s annual Nebraska Tourism Industry Awards. This award is given to exceptional organizations that include bird and wildlife watching facilities, nonprofit groups, and nature tourism related businesses that have…

Fontenelle Forest voted Best of Bellevue 2021

At Fontenelle Forest, our mission-centric work in conservation, education, research, and recreation is focused around the goal of creating a sustainable future with the community at the center. So naturally, it means a lot to us when we receive extraordinary community recognition and support. We are proud to say that…

Barn Owl

Whoooo Am I? Help name Fontenelle Forest’s new Barn Owl

We have a new baby owlet joining the Forest team and he needs a name! Click here to make a donation in support of his care and cast your vote to name Fontenelle Forest’s newest Raptor Education Ambassador! Your support today will help pay for the care of this barn…

Fontenelle Forest reopens trails following July storm

If you’ve lived in Nebraska for a while, you know that Midwest weather can be, well, unpredictable to say the least. And wow – Mother Nature has really served us up some whoppers over the past few weeks! Like most of Omaha and Bellevue, Fontenelle Forest received a lot of…

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