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.
FAmily backpack program
Explore the Forest in a new and exciting way through our Family Backpack Program!
Our educational backpack contains guides, activities, and tools that will inspire your family to interact with the natural world and make exciting discoveries in the Forest. Two themes are available: hiking or birding.
The cost is $10 for 2 hours. Contact Visitor Services at 402.731.3140 to check out a backpack. Call-ahead reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
**All items sanitized between uses, including backpack!**
At Fontenelle Forest, we believe that today’s children are tomorrow’s stewards. Our camps offer a vital connection with the forests, prairies and wetlands that children often only learn about through books or television. We are excited to offer another summer of amazing experiences here at Fontenelle Forest.
Through games, activities and time to explore, we will provide the framework for a life-long love for the natural world. Our summer 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.
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.
MudPies – returning January 2022!
Check back soon for specific dates, topics and registration links!
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!
Every Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, Habitat Hollow, Mudpies Education Room (Lower Level)
This program is for children ages 3-5 accompanied by a caregiver. One adult is required for every two children.
Member price: $5 per child. Non-member price: $5 per child + daily admission for accompanying adult(s).
Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited to 15 students.
Note: We are not currently offering a Mudpies membership. Mudpies will run following the Bellevue Public Schools calendar and will not run during the summer.
If you would like to receive updates about Mudpies, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Mudpies updates.”
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; SUN (Seniors Understanding Nature) programs enhance that experience. Join us at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 9:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. Refreshments will be available at 9:45 a.m., followed by an hour-long indoor program. 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!