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New leadership brings a renewed vision for the path forward

Looking ahead to Fontenelle Forest’s next 100 years – New leadership brings a renewed vision for the path forward Last year, Fontenelle Forest celebrated the 100-year anniversary of its first land purchase. This year, under the new leadership of Matt Darling, Fontenelle Forest’s new executive director, we look forward to…

Earth Day 2021 and the Nebraska Earth Day Passport Challenge

by Michelle Foss, Director of Resource Stewardship Fifty-one years ago, in response to continually escalating environmental degradation, a junior senator, congressman, and young activist held the first celebration of what would become Earth Day. During teach-ins at campuses across the country, environmental activism was elevated in the wake of major…

Wetlands flood recovery update as of March 2021

Hello Forest members, guests and all Wetlands fans! by Michelle Foss, Director of Resource Stewardship We wanted to share a quick update on the progress on the flood reconstruction efforts happening in the Wetlands and an updated timeline on completion. Construction in the Wetlands was delayed by the deep snow…

Fontenelle Forest Announces Executive Leadership Change

Fontenelle Forest (the Forest) announces today that Merica Whitehall, Executive Director, has resigned. The board of directors would like to thank Whitehall for her nearly five years of service as the Executive Director at the Forest. Under Whitehall’s leadership, a long-term master plan and a short-term strategic plan was developed. These…

Fontenelle Forest firewood is now for sale!

Fontenelle Forest firewood is now for sale! There is a new way to support Fontenelle Forest by purchasing something that many of you may already buy. If you have a fireplace, go camping, or have a fire pit for the back yard, please consider buying your firewood at Fontenelle Forest….

World Soil Day is December 5th

by Michelle Foss, Director of Land Stewardship and Research “Keep soil alive, Protect soil biodiversity” #WorldSoilDay How often do you think about soil? I mean, REALLY consider soil? And how it differs from dirt? One of the things we stress in our education programs is that soil is very different…

Tree Rush Adventures Opens at Fontenelle Forest

BELLEVUE, NE (July 22, 2019) – TreeRush Adventures at Fontenelle Forest, Greater Omaha’s newest outdoor recreation attraction, will celebrate its Grand Opening on Thursday, July 31 starting at 9:00 am. The public is welcome and can experience the ropes adventure park at a special opening day discount. Merica Whitehall, Fontenelle Forest Executive…

Turkey Vultures are “gross-ly” under appreciated

People don’t like vultures. Even naturalist Charles Darwin described the Turkey Vulture as a “disgusting bird,” but consider the more pleasant Latin term Cathartes aura, meaning “purifier.” We at Fontenelle Forest love this unique and important bird. Allow us to explain why. First, they clean the Forest for us! In…

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