WETLANDS CLOSURE UPDATE: Hidden Lake and Redbud trails are closed. All other Wetland trails are now open.
Click here to see current trail closures.
WETLANDS CLOSURE UPDATE: Hidden Lake and Redbud trails are closed. All other Wetland trails are now open.
Click here to see current trail closures.

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Since the 1960s, volunteers have sustained our education programs

At Fontenelle Forest, our volunteer Teacher Naturalists (TNs) and Teen Naturalist Trainees (TNTs) have played an integral part in sustaining forest education programs over the past 40 years. TN and TNT volunteers teach environmental education programs at the Forest and promote appreciation of nature for a wide range of visitors,…

First Leaflet of 2018 is out! Read it here.

Leaflet Winter 2019 – Deepening and Strengthening Community Roots   From the Executive Director of Fontenelle Forest, Merica Whitehall 2018 was a year of new and deepened relationships in our community. As I reflect on 2018, the path that we set out on promises to lead Fontenelle Forest’s service to…

Archaeology Lecture Series Announced

On display through December, 2018, these artifacts have not been seen since they were unearthed here nearly 100 years ago. See upcoming lectures and programs about the life of Nebraska Phase Culture and learn more about the archaeologist Robert Gilder. All programs are free for members unless otherwise specified. September…

Leading a Nature-Rich Life Luncheon with author Richard Louv

On November 7, 2018 at the Beardmore Event Center of Bellevue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., join us for Leading a Nature-Rich Life featuring the best-selling author of Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv. His work has inspired the international movement to cure “nature deficit disorder.” Reserve your…

What a great week!

We were thrilled to see our members enjoying new and well-loved programs during Member Appreciation Week. We started the week with the first-ever Shrinrin-Yoku walk, a Japanese practice, is also known as forest therapy, forest bathing, or forest medicine.  This practice has been shown to reduce stress and improve mood….

What summer camps can do for a child’s mental wellness

When a young person comes to the Forest for summer camp, there are a few things that are givens: They will have fun. They will get dirty. They will learn about the natural world. What is harder to measure before the experience is how life-changing their time in the Forest…

This is the perfect gift you’ve been looking for!

Looking for a unique gift? Our “Sponsor a Raptor” program offers a new and unique way to support our educational raptors, our raptor team and Fontenelle Forest! Purchase Online Birds of prey, such as eagles, falcons, hawks, owls, and vultures, have a vital role in our ecosystem. Fontenelle Forest’s Raptor…

2018 Summer Day Camps

At Fontenelle Forest, we believe that today’s children are tomorrow’s stewards. Our camps offer a vital connection with the forests, prairies and wetlands that children often only learn about through books or television. We are excited to offer another summer of amazing experiences here at Fontenelle Forest. Through games, activities…

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Of Service

Spend your Martin Luther King Jr. Day performing service at one of the Metro’s oldest nonprofits. Fontenelle Forest is offering three volunteer opportunities for all skill levels and abilities. If you are volunteering with a group, please contact us at info@fontenelleforest.org. Project: Linden Trail Thinning Project Contact person: Jeanine Lackey…

Floodplain: A Clear View of Life in the Big Muddy

The Missouri River is the longest river in North America. For centuries, we have relied upon the water and species within it for survival, and recent decades have seen its ecology drastically change due the influences of human development. Natural functions such as seasonal flooding have been mitigated by dams…

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