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.


Explore opportunities for your school group, including curriculum tied to state science standards. Fontenelle’s educational programs take many forms—from field trips, classes, and camps in the forest to hands-on, nature on-the-go presentations at schools, to community art projects.

day Camps at fontenelle forest

At Fontenelle Forest, we believe that today’s children are tomorrow’s stewards. Our day camps offer a vital connection with the forests,  prairies and wetlands that children often only learn about through books or television.

Through games, activities and time to explore, we will provide the framework for a life-long love for the natural world. Our day camps feature science-based learning through play. Our staff is committed to providing your child with high-quality, positive outdoor experiences for children of all ages. Our campers, surrounded by nature, dive into the unknown and have adventures that develop great life skills while led by enthusiastic counselors.

We are excited to be offering another year of amazing experiences here at Fontenelle Forest. Click the buttons below to learn more about our spring, summer and winter day camp options.


spring break camp 2022
winter break camp 2022
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School Programs

Educational programming at the forest consistently tops students’ lists of favorites. Our experienced educators will provide an engaging, hands-on program for your group during your visit to Fontenelle. Each trip includes an indoor educational portion that complements the outdoor program.

To request information about school program options, call 402.731.3140 and ask for the School Programs Manager, or visit our school programs webpage below.




Every Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

Looking for a unique setting in which to have fun with your child while learning about the natural world?

Mudpies is a structured program for children ages 3-5 that encourages exploration of nature and interaction between a child and their caregiver. Each week, a natural science topic is explored through crafts, outdoor exploration, songs, stories, hikes and more! Each program will feature a different craft or activity, along with storytime and a guided hike. Come discover the joy of sharing nature with your child!


Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Youth Groups

Want to bring your group to the forest? Contact us today to learn about our offerings for projects or earning your badge!


Seniors Understanding Nature (SUN)

Many seniors grew up in a time when nature was a big part of everyday life. Our Seniors Understanding Nature programs enhance that experience. This program is held at the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. An indoor program on a different Forest-inspired history or nature topic is featured, followed by an optional nature walk. Refreshments will be available. This program is free for members or with daily admission.

Volunteer with our Educators

If you’d like to participate in the many education opportunities at Fontenelle Forest, we want to hear from you!

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