TRAIL CLOSURE NOTICE: Due to prescribed fire, the following trails will be closed at Neale Woods March 31 and April 1: Raccoon Hollow, Owl, Deer, Settlers, Columbine, Neale north of Wagon, and Hilltop between Maidenhair and Raccoon Hollow.

TRAIL CLOSURE NOTICE: Due to prescribed fire, the following trails will be closed at Neale Woods March 31 and April 1: Raccoon Hollow, Owl, Deer, Settlers, Columbine, Neale north of Wagon, and Hilltop between Maidenhair and Raccoon Hollow.

Fontenelle fOREST’S STATEMENT REGARDING CORONAVIRUS

March 18, 2020 Update: 
Fontenelle Forest will be closed to the public through April 30. This decision was made in accordance with orders from the Douglas County Health Department, which extended the ban of all gatherings and events over 10 people until April 30. All programs and events are canceled/postponed until further notice. The Buffett Nature Center and all other Fontenelle Forest buildings, including the Raptor Woodland Refuge, will be closed. Trails will be open to all members from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Member fob access will continue to be available before and after hours (7 to 8 a.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.). For questions, please call our Visitor Services desk at 402-731-3140.

March 16, 2020 Update:
Fontenelle Forest will be closed to the public starting on Monday, March 16th, through March 31. All programs and events are canceled. Trails will remain open to members between 8 am and 5 pm. This decision was made following yesterday’s press conference with local government and health agencies, where Governor Pete Ricketts announced that a first community-acquired case of Covid-19 had been established and recommendations were made to limit large public events, programs and gatherings.

Fontenelle Forest is not aware of any guests or employees who have reported having the symptoms of or tested positive for the Coronavirus. Fontenelle Forest leadership staff will continue to monitor the situation and as soon as it is safe to do so, we will reopen to the public and resume regular programs and events. We will continue to provide updates via our website and social media.

What this means for members and guests:

  • The Nature Center and all other Fontenelle Forest buildings will be closed to the public, including the Raptor Woodland Refuge.
  • All programs and events are canceled through March 31. If you or your organization were registered for a program or event, we will contact you directly and provide a refund.
  • Trails will be open to all members from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
  • Member fob access will continue to be available before and after hours (7 to 8 a.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.).
  • Questions – Our Visitors Services desk will continue to be staffed. Please call 402-731-3140 for questions.
  • TreeRush Adventures (which provides climbing and zip lining at Fontenelle Forest) will also close until March 31. For updates regarding TreeRush Adventures, please refer to http://www.TreeRush.com or the TreeRush Facebook page.

We know that this is the right decision to make in the interest of public safety, and the safety of our members, guests, staff and volunteers. However, we are also aware that people look forward to visiting the Forest on a frequent basis, rely on the programming we offer for children and adults, and look forward to the many programs and events we have planned throughout the busy spring season. Please know that this decision was not an easy one to make and it was not taken lightly.

Please stay safe and be supportive of one another during this unprecedented, challenging time. We appreciate your continued support of Fontenelle Forest.

pROGRAM AND EVENT updates/CANCELLATIONS

Fontenelle Forest will be closed to the public starting on Monday, March 16th, through March 31. Trails will remain open to members with fob access.

All programs and events will be canceled. If you or your organization were registered for a program or event, we will contact you directly and provide a refund.

For questions, please call our Visitor Services desk at 402-731-3140.

reducing the risk to yourself and others

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and its partners continue to track the unfolding outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and anticipate its impact on Nebraska and its health care system. You can reduce the risk to yourself and others by closely monitoring the situation and following the guidelines set forth by local, state and national health agencies.

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Additional Trusted Resources

Click on the links below to find the most up-to-date information regarding Covid-19 from trusted local and national resources.

Local Resources

Nebraska Medicine

Sarpy/Cass Health Department

Nebraska Health & Human Services

Omaha Chamber of Commerce

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control

World Health Organization

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