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On a Saturday

March 18th was a big day for the entire Fontenelle Forest organization. We conducted our largest ever prescribed burn at Neale Woods, released two Rough-legged Hawks in the wetlands, and had a record number of attendees enjoy the Faire Faire festivities. Jeanine Lackey Director of Research and Stewardship On Saturday,…

Meet The Raptors

We’ve launched a new online video series featuring the residents of Raptor Woodland Refuge! You can observe these amazing birds of prey in person at Fontenelle Forest’s Raptor Woodland Refuge. The Refuge is home to a dozen different species of raptors in a unique tree-top outdoor environment. Open everyday from…

Confluences: Sculptures and Paintings by Bart Vargas

Fontenelle Forest is excited to welcome to art of Bart Vargas to the Nature Center’s Baright Gallery. The exhibit, entitled Confluences, includes both paintings and sculptural works and will be on display through the end of June. Vargas’ work uses repetition and salvaged materials to  create pieces of art that…

Free Flight

Working closely with the permanent residents at Rehabilitation Center that are entrusted to me has allowed special relationships to emerge with some of these amazing raptors. For these particular birds, my caretaking duties go beyond feeding and cleaning; they enter the avian world of amorous antics. Gavilan – Mississippi Kite…

Afterschool Programs

A question we are often asked here at Fontenelle Forest is, “What do you even DO all winter?” While it is true that many of our outdoor education programs seem to take on that slow freeze with the weather, there are many opportunities that keep us steadily working day by…

Forest Family: Rick Schmid

Meet Rick Schmid, Fontenelle Forest’s director of operations and an avid nature enthusiast. How long have you worked at Fontenelle Forest?  Since July 2009 What do you do at Fontenelle Forest?  Director of Operations, responsible for: facilities, accounting/finance, human resources, payroll, Insect Club & Bird Club liaison…and of course, bird…

Save the Oaks: Reaching Out To Our Community

One of the objectives of our Oak Woodland Restoration grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust is to inform and educate the public about our conservation efforts. Although, physical manipulation on the land is extremely important, we would not be able to continue our important work if people don’t know about…

Forest Family: Michelle Foss

Meet Michelle Foss, one of Fontenelle Forest’s restoration biologists and member of Team #SaveTheOaks… How long have you worked at Fontenelle Forest? I have worked at Fontenelle Forest for a total of four and a half years – almost three years as a part-time educator, and the rest as a…

Mud Pies in 2017

Mud Pies has been one of the most successful programs here at Fontenelle Forest. Since its inception, Mud Pies has provided the opportunity for thousands of young children and their adults to spend time together exploring nature! Mud Pies meets on Monday through Thursdays throughout the winter, spring, and fall….

Harvest Time

Now that hack and squirt season is slowing down, it’s time for our own harvest season. In order to ensure that our grass and flower seed supply is local, we collect much of it ourselves on our own property. We can’t always collect the quantity of seeds of the plants…

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