Fontenelle Forest is open to the public.
Please see our current covid-19 guidelines below.

Before visiting the Forest, please read our detailed list of reopening guidelines below, so that you know what to expect when visiting.

What can I expect when I visit?

  • If you feel ill, please stay home. For the safety of our members, guests, volunteers, and Fontenelle Forest staff, we respectfully ask that if you feel sick, have a fever, or are exhibiting any symptoms of Covid-19, please stay home and visit the Forest at another time when you are feeling well.
  • Masks are currently required inside the Nature Center. The mask requirement applies to all individuals ages 5+ (and is suggested for those younger than 5 years old, if they can wear them). The Forest is mask-friendly, which means that we ask all guests to respect individuals wearing a mask, as well as the Forest’s decision to implement a mask requirement for the safety of our members, guests and staff. If you need a mask, disposable masks will be available for purchase at our Visitor Services desk.
  • Mudpies, a structured program for children ages 3-5 and their caregiver, takes place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Forest and is located in the new Mudpies education classroom (Nature Center, Lower Level). Please see our mask policy, listed above. All flat surfaces are disinfected in between classes and at the end of each day. Get more details about Mudpies here.
  • Habitat Hollow, our indoor discovery zone, is open. All flat surfaces are disinfected daily. Toys and other surfaces are disinfected weekly. Hand-sanitizing stations are available for personal use.
  • Acorn Acres is open, but is an outdoor area and is not cleaned or sanitized.

You can purchase daily admission or renew your membership in the following ways:

  • Online at
  • Over the phone with a credit/debit card by calling 402-731-3140.
  • Cash can be placed in the admission box (through the access gate and to your left at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center). Neale Woods and other locations have a lockbox where you can pay daily admission.
  • Cash or credit/debit card can be accepted at the Visitor Services desk inside the Nature Center.

Purchase a membership or daily admission online or by calling Visitor Services at 402-731-3140.

Questions? Call Visitor services at 402-731-3140.


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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 illness caused by the Coronavirus Disease (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.


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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