Fontenelle Forest buildings are CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC DUE TO covid-19,

BUT OUR TRAILS ARE OPEN TO MEMBERS (or with daily admission).

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


Fontenelle Forest buildings are closed to the public until further notice, but our trails remain open to members or with the purchase of daily admission. 

In the interest of the health and well-being of our members, volunteers, visitors and staff, the Buffett Forest Learning Center and Raptor Woodland Refuge at Fontenelle Forest, and the Jonas Interpretive Center at Neale Woods will remain closed until further notice.

All in-person programs, activities, and volunteering have been canceled through the month of June. We are asking volunteers to not come into the Forest during this time.

Although Fontenelle Forest buildings are closed, our trails are open to members, or with the purchase of daily admission. Memberships and daily admission can be purchased online at

There are still many great ways to experience the Forest, both at home and by exploring our trails. Each week, we’re bringing the Forest to you through social media and virtual programming. Every Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat at 3:00 p.m. we’re featuring a different themed segment of “From the Forest” on our Facebook page.

We are also hosting a series of free, virtual programs titled “Understanding Nature,” which are live-streamed via Zoom. Watch our website ( and Facebook page for announcements on future virtual programs and events.

We know that this is the right decision to make in the interest of public safety, and the safety of our members, guests, volunteers and staff. 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.

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 in-person programs and events are canceled through June. 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 7 p.m. Monday to Friday (no fob required).
  • Trails will be open to all members from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (no fob required).
  • Member fob access will continue to be available before and after hours.
  • Membership and daily admission are available for purchase online.
  • Questions – Our Visitors Services desk will continue to be staffed. Please call 402-731-3140 for questions.


We are relying on our visitors to comply with directed health measures so that we can continue to keep our trails open for members and guests.
  • Do NOT come to the Forest or use the trails if you are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Absolutely no congregating in parking lots
  • Be patient and respect others’ boundaries
  • Maintain a 6-foot distance at all times
  • No groups larger than 10
  • Step aside to allow others to pass
  • Keep to one-way traffic where possible, especially on the boardwalk
  • Consider planning your trip to the Forest outside of peak hours. This will help us keep the amount of traffic on the trails at any given time to a manageable amount.
  • Sanitize hands before and after using the trails
  • Pets are not allowed on the trails. Fontenelle Forest has a no pet policy.


Fontenelle Forest will be closed to the public until further notice. Trails will remain open to members (or with the purchase of daily admission).

All in-person programs and events are 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.


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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