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.

Summer Camps

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.

Register for 2019 summer camps now!

Mud Pies

Looking for a unique setting in which to have fun with your child while learning about the natural world? Mud Pies is a relaxed, drop-in-and-play program that encourages interaction between adult and child. Each week, a natural science topic is explored through station-based activities, free play, and a guided walk. Come discover the joy of sharing nature with your child!

Mud Pies meets every Monday-Thursday from 9:30-11:30 am at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center. This program is for children ages 5 and younger accompanied by an adult. One adult is required for every two children. Mud Pies is $3 per child for members or $5 per child with daily admission.  A Mud Pies membership is available for $100 per year.

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Field Trips

Field trips to the forest consistently top 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 register, please contact our Education Department at (402) 731-3140.

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 second Tuesday of each month from 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Refreshments served at 9:45 a.m., followed by an indoor program, and completed with an optional nature walk.

This program is free for members or with daily admission.

Winter Camps

During camp, we’ll be outdoors hiking, exploring, discovering, and inside playing games, making crafts, and so much more.

  • Dress for the weather
  • Please make sure your camper bring a hearty lunch, we will provide a nutritious snack
  • Be ready to have some fun.
  • Camp runs from 9 a..m to 3 p.m., with drop-off beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Pick the date and age range that works best for you, or sign up for multiple camps!

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Book an Outreach Program

Traveling programs that come to you, Nature On-the-Go brings hands-on, natural science education to your students without having to make a field trip. Each program is 45-60 minutes in length, covers a variety of topics, and meets Nebraska State Science Standards. To schedule, please please contact our Education Department at (402) 731-3140.

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