WETLANDS CLOSURES: Hidden Lake and Redbud trails are closed. Click here to see current trail closures.
ACORN ACRES: Closed for an experience improvement project. Click here to learn more.
WETLANDS CLOSURES: Hidden Lake and Redbud trails are closed. Click here to see current trail closures.
ACORN ACRES: Closed for an experience improvement project. Click here to learn more.

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Twenty Years of Urban Deer Management: The Fontenelle Forest Experience

The presence of white-tailed deer in developed landscapes is a considerable problem in North America. An overabundant population of white-tailed deer creates problems. These problems consist of damage to personal property and plant communities, deer-vehicle collisions, and disease transmission have created demand for research and management. During the 1990s, these…

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…

Conservation Corner: How We Use GIS

The art of cartography has been updated and tweaked through the years as humans have advanced. Even now, mapping is changing and adjusting to our digital world. Here at Fontenelle Forest, we have implemented a geographic information system (GIS) mapping program. Basically, GIS is a way to create, store and…

Take a Hike!

It’s shaping up to be about as good as it gets around here this Labor Day weekend. Sunshine, blue skies, temps in the 70s – what better time to stretch your legs along our 25 miles of beautiful forest trails? And there’s all kinds of others thing to do here,…

Explore Fontenelle Forest: Ridge Trail

My name is Nick Sauvageau and I have been at Fontenelle Forest for 2 years as an Outdoor Educator, Raptor Handler, and you might find me working at the Front Desk. I have had an amazing experience teaching field trips, leading Canoe programs, and spending time with the wonderful people…

GET A BIRD’S EYE VIEW

Go thirty feet above the forest floor and get up close with hawks, owls, falcons and other raptors at our brand new Raptor Wildlife Refuge. Walk across a suspension bridge, wink at an owl, marvel at the grace and power of a ferruginous hawk. See these amazing birds of prey…

Forest Family: Grace Gaard, Naturalist

Over the next few months, we’ll be introducing you to many of the amazing people that help make Fontenelle Forest all that it is today. Our dedicated staff and volunteers work tirelessly to keep everything running smoothly and allow us to provide a place a place for people to both…

Save the Oaks: Another Tool in the Toolbox

As you hike on the trails at Fontenelle Forest or Neale Woods, you may have noticed that there are some work areas in the forest that are rather dramatic, such as where we used chainsaws to remove large trees to create immediate openings in the canopy. Or, if you have…

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