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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…

The Perfect Gift

This year, give a gift that gives all year long – a membership to Fontenelle Forest! Fontenelle Forest members receive unlimited access to our 25 miles of trails, Nature Center, Raptor Woodland Refuge, exhibits, and programming for all ages. Plus special member exclusive events, reduced prices for our Nature Discovery…

Twenty Years of Urban Deer Management: The Fontenelle Forest Experience

All trails at Fontenelle Forest closed December 15-17, 2017 due to this year’s controlled deer hunt. The Nature Center and Raptor Woodland Refuge will be open during this time. The presence of white-tailed deer in developed landscapes is a considerable problem in North America. An overabundant population of white-tailed deer…

Free Flight: Cooper’s Hawks

It’s been another summer of mass quantities of Cooper’s Hawks coming in, many with West Nile virus. Once they recover, they can start to gain strength. After 40 plus birds, we were starting to wind down to just a few left. I had just moved two Hawks to the round…

Webology at Fontenelle Forest

John Muir once said, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” Students in the Omaha metro area are proving this to be true as they study the connections between living (and dead) creatures in the forest in our…

Explore Fontenelle Forest: Hidden Lake Trail

Hidden Lake trail is one of Fontenelle Forest’s less known pathways that will take dsc_0065you as far from the nature center as possible. It can be easily accessed by parking in lot adjacent to the Wetlands Learning Center via Child’s Road. A short walk along the Gifford Memorial Boardwalk will…

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