Trail Closures: All Fontenelle Forest trails will be CLOSED from Monday, December 4 through Thursday, December 7 as we conduct our annual managed deer hunt.

Trail Closures: All Fontenelle Forest trails will be CLOSED from Monday, December 4 through Thursday, December 7 as we conduct our annual managed deer hunt.


A picture of a deer staring into the camera.

Stewarding a Healthy Forest and a Healthy Herd

article by Jim Beebe, Chief Ranger at Fontenelle Forest Fontenelle Forest strives to care for our native habitats which includes both plants and animals that live in them. One key animal that plays a role in sculpting the landscape is our largest herbivore, the white-tailed deer. This article looks at…

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Fontenelle Forest Managed Deer Hunt

  ALL FONTENELLE FOREST TRAILS ARE CLOSED DECEMBER 4-7 (MON-THURS) The Nature Center will remain open. For everyone’s safety please make sure to respect the trail closures during this time.  The only exception will be the trails at Neale Woods Nature Reserve, which will remain open.  Fontenelle Forest has conducted a deer…

The photo of the currently dry Great Marsh. Photo by Fed McCaslin.

Adapting to the Flow: Changes to Fontenelle Forest’s Floodplains

  If you’ve recently hiked the Fontenelle Forest’s Wetlands, you likely have noticed several areas that are now completely dry. Fontenelle Forest’s Wetlands is just a small section (approximately 700 acres) of a 2,000-acre floodplain along the Missouri River that is constantly changing, especially as it continues to recover from…

Fontenelle Forest Announces New Executive Director: Tyler Irvine

As a 110-year-old private nonprofit, we look forward to charting a new path under new leadership, guided by our long-time mission of inspiring current and future generations to care for the natural world. Fontenelle Forest is excited to announce that Tyler Irvine has been named its new Executive Director.   Irvine…

Back to School: Raptor Style

article by Ell Kinsey, Raptor Care Specialist Next time your kids don’t want to see the doctor, remind them that even Fontenelle Forest’s raptors have to brave their back-to-school physicals. In early August, the raptor team buckled down to give each bird a thorough exam. This article provides a behind-the-scenes…

a picture of sunglasses with the text, it has the text, "Sun's Out, Fun's Out(side)! NEW SUMMER HOURS WEEKDAYS 8:00 A.M. TO 7:00 P.M. WEEKENDS 8:00 A.M. TO 5:00 P.M." with the Fontenelle Forest logo

Extended Summer Hours Start May 29

Hike longer with our extended summer hours! From Memorial Day to Labor Day summer hours are in effect at Fontenelle Forest. This means you have more time to enjoy all the things you love about the Forest. Whether you’re a member or purchase daily admission, your next trip to the…

The Fontenelle Forest's spring 2023 edition of their quarterly newsletter, Leaflet. The cover depicts a tree limb scattered with leaves overlayed by the Fontenelle Forest logo, the title Leaflet, and the words "Fontenelle Forest News | Spring 2023."

Spring Leaflet 2023

Get updates about Fontenelle Forest in the spring edition of our quarterly newsletter, the Leaflet.In this issue, we’re bringing you news about some much-needed updates to buildings, technology, and the overall Forest experience, as well as providing a 2022 financial overview.

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