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.

Locations

Fontenelle Forest
Nature Center

1111 Bellevue Blvd. North
Bellevue, NE 68005

From I-80, take Hwy 75 (Kennedy Freeway) south to Chandler Road. Turn left onto Chandler. Stay on Chandler approx. 1 mile until the road ends at the stop sign at Bellevue Blvd. Turn right onto Bellevue Blvd. Continue approximately .5 of a mile to the nature center (on the left).

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Camp
Brewster

1313 Bellevue Blvd. North
Bellevue, NE 68005

From I-80, take Hwy 75 (Kennedy Freeway) South to Chandler Road. Turn left onto Chandler. Stay on Chandler approx. 1 mile until the road ends at the stop sign at Bellevue Blvd. Turn right onto Bellevue Blvd. Continue approximately .3 of a mile to Camp Brewster (on the left)

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Camp Logan
Fontenelle

720 Camp Gifford Road
Bellevue, NE 68005

From I-80, take Hwy 75 (Kennedy Freeway) South to Chandler Road. Turn left onto Chandler. Stay on Chandler approx. 1 mile until the road ends at the stop sign at Bellevue Blvd. Turn right onto Bellevue Blvd. Continue for a little over .5 of a mile and turn left onto Childs Road. Continue on Childs Road through the housing development. The road becomes Camp Gifford Road and will change into a gravel surface. After the first curve, Camp Logan Fontenelle will be on your left.

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Hitchcock Wetlands
Learning Center

103 Camp Gifford Road
Bellevue, NE 68005

From I-80, take Hwy 75 (Kennedy Freeway) South to Chandler Road. Turn left onto Chandler. Stay on Chandler approx. 1 mile until the road ends at the stop sign at Bellevue Blvd. Turn right onto Bellevue Blvd. Continue for a little over .5 of a mile and turn left onto Childs Road. Continue on Childs Road through the housing development. The road becomes Camp Gifford Road and will change into a gravel surface. Continue 1.5 miles on the gravel surface. The Wetlands Learning Center will be on your right.

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Neale
Woods

14323 Edith Marie Ave.
Omaha, NE 68112

From I-80 take Hwy 75 North. Merge onto Storz Expressway towards Florence Blvd/Eppley Airfield. Take the Florence Blvd ramp and turn left at the stop sign. Florence Blvd. becomes J. Pershing Drive. Continue through the T intersection at Mormon Bridge onto River Road. From there, you will travel 2.7 miles to White Deer Lane (past NP Dodge and Hummel Park, stay to the right at the fork in the road). Turn a slight left onto White Deer Lane and left again onto Edith Marie Ave.

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Camp Wa-kon-da

(Park here for History and Southern Uplands Trails)

402 Forest Dr.
Bellevue, NE 68005

From I-80, take Hwy 75 (Kennedy Freeway) South to Chandler Road. Turn left onto Chandler. Stay on Chandler for a little over half of a mile. Turn right onto Fort Crook Road. Stay on Fort Crook Road for approx. 1 mile. Turn slightly left onto Galvin Road. Continue on Galvin Road for roughly .5 of a mile. Turn left onto Gregg Road. Stay on Gregg Road for a little over .5 of a mile. Turn right onto Bellevue Blvd. Continue for a little over .5 of a mile and turn left onto Forest Drive. Camp Wa-kon-da will be on your left.

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Our team at the Forest

Directors

Matt Darling
Executive Director
Dawn Jensen
Director of Finance & Administration
Denise Lewis
Director of Programs
Michelle Foss
Director of Resource Stewardship
Emily Prauner
Director of Donor and Visitor Services

Staff

Jim Beebe
Chief Ranger at Fontenelle Forest
Natalie Drake
Outdoor Recreation Coordinator
Patrick Conner
Animal Care Specialist
Kathy Fischer
Raptor Program Manager
Shawna Gorman
Biologist
Bridget Hanson
Marketing & Communications Assistant
Miriam Holder
Visitor Services Assistant
Christina Joel
Development Associate
Michaela Johnson
Biologist
Andrew Klinkenborg
Manager of Donor Relations
John Martin
Facilities Coordinator
Dana Meyer
Manager of Marketing and Events
Hannah Miller
Naturalist Educator
Matt Miller
Manager of Conservation
Tina Moreno
Part-Time Finance Associate
Reece Myers
Chief Ranger of Neale Woods
Toni Ptacek
Naturalist Educator
Taryn Schroeder
Visitor Services Assistant 2
Barb Shiffermiller
Manager of Visitor Services
Eric Sundar
Grounds Coordinator
Abby Swanda
Naturalist Educator
Lauren Walker
Education Program Manager
Kenneth White
Raptor Care Specialist

PART-TIME EDUCATORS

Mia Dempsey Dianne Guinn Liz Gunkelman
Tisha Johnson Jessie Sevener Deborah Woracek

 

PART-TIME VISITOR SERVICES ASSISTANTS

Jamie Arriola Kathleen Jamrozy Michaela Martin

 

SUMMER LAND STEWARDSHIP INTERNS

Christopher Cordwin
Connor Williams

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OFFICERS

Shannon Mullen O’Keefe | President Sarah Griger | Treasurer Nickie Konen | Past-President
Brittni Redding | Secretary

DIRECTORS

Dan Bolt
Tom Bragg
Matt Ferguson
Ryan Gibson
Sarah Griger
Matt Hardebeck
Brent Hardebeck
Amy Henderson
Andrew Huettner
Janel Kaufman
Portia Kennel
Nickie Konen
Sally McGill
Chris Morrow
Shannon Mullen O’Keefe
Brittni Redding
Don Preister
Todd Rynaski
Hassan Shalla
Ray Turkle
Fred Uhe
Bob Wells
Jose Zambrano

HONORARY TRUSTEES

Stephen Kaniewski Gerry and Bruce Lauritzen
Susan and George Haddix
Marilyn Mammel

Honorary Stewards

Shawn Bengtson Charles Gifford
Jeffry Green
Neal and Debra Ratzlaff

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